Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Worship Service May 22, 2016:
Apostasy: To fall away – The abandoning of the truth, a deliberate rejection of the truth after it is known.
An apostate can acknowledge Christ without accepting Him. Apostates have received light but not life.
Jesus – Matthew 7:15
Paul – Acts 20:29, 30
Peter – II Peter 2:1, 2
The Apostles informed Christians that Apostasy would come:
- Acts 20:29, 30
- I Timothy 4:1
- II Timothy 3:1, 5, 7, 8
- II Timothy 4:3
- I John 2:18, 19
- II John 7
They may know truth.
They may seem to follow truth enthusiastically for a period of time.
They may identify with a church and become a part of the Christian community.
They may become leaders in a church.
The never believed the truth with an undivided heart.
Tares among the wheat – Matthew 13:24-30 – (An appearance of authenticity for a while)
They are defectors from the truth.
Someone who has known the truth, given some show of affirmation to it, perhaps even proclaimed it for a while – but tragically rejected it in the end.