Sunday, May 08, 2016

Apostasy: The Most Abhorrent Sin

Memory Verse: " thou also become like unto us?" (Is.41:10, KJV)

Scripture Reading: Heb.6:1-6, Jude 1:1-25.

The word 'Apostasy' comes from the Greek word apostasia meaning defection, departure, revolt or rebellion and this before God is the most abhorrent sin. You know how many passages there are in which it is positively asserted that if a child of God did deliberately and totally apostatize, his restoration would be utterly impossible—not difficult, but impossible. This is one of the greatest proofs of the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, since there is no man in a condition in which it is impossible to save him, and yet any man would be in such a state if he apostatized. Therefore true believers shall not apostatize, but shall stand fast, and shall be kept even to the end. Yet, could they totally apostatize, they could never be restored again: the greatest remedy having already failed, there would remain no other. They are to inhabit the darkest, hottest place, because they forsook the Lord- Jude 1:13.

What must be the apostate's doom when his naked soul appears before God? How will he bear the voice, "Depart, you cursed; you have rejected Me, and I reject you. You have played the harlot and departed from Me. I also have banished you from My presence, and I will not have mercy on you." These are strong words!

What will be this wretch's shame at the Last Great Day when, before assembled multitudes, the apostate will be unmasked? See the profane, and sinners who never professed their faith in God, lifting themselves up from their beds of fire to point at him.  "There he is," says one. "Will he preach the gospel in hell?" "There she is," says another. "She rebuked me for fornication and was a hypocrite herself!" "Aha!" Says another. "Here is the praise and worship minister- one who was always at his meetings; he is the man who boasted of his being sure of everlasting life, and here he is!" 

No greater eagerness will ever be seen among satanic tormentors than in that Day when devils drag the hypocrite's soul down to perdition. O ye false professors of faith, mind that way back to hell! "Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith" (2 Cor.13:5). Look well to your [spiritual] state, see whether you are in Christ or not. It is the easiest thing in the world to give a lenient verdict when ourself is to be tried, but O, dear one, be just and true here. Be just to all, but be rigorous and thorough with yourself. Leave no stone unturned, for that which begins with shamefacedness, equivocation, hesitation, and compromise will ripen into apostasy. 

Remember, if it is not THE Rock (Jesus) on which you build, when the house will fall, great will be "fall of it" (Matt.7:27). May the Lord give you sincerity, constancy, and firmness; and in no day, however evil, may you be led to turn aside. Listen friend, my God is NOT the God of apostates, for He hath said, "If any man draw back my soul shall have no pleasure in him" (Heb.10:38).

Ponder Point: The raw material for a devil is an angel. The raw material for the son of perdition was an apostle; and the raw material for the most horrible of apostates is one who is almost a saint.

Action Point: Remain steadfast in your walk with God.

Prayer: O God, I set Your fire against every decision of darkness to make me a candidate for hell fire in Jesus name. I reject the sin of Apostasy in Jesus name, Amen.

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