Closing The Apostate Files (7 of 7) by Jerry Vines
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Series: Apostate Files
We are living in the days of apostasy. Any person who knows anything about the Bible and has any understanding of current, contemporary events is certainly aware of the fact that we are living in times of great apostasy. Apostasy is a time when people will depart from the faith. The Bible predicts that at the end of the age, before the return of the Lord, there will be apostasy in the church. In the culture in general there will be anarchy. There will be lawlessness and immorality. In the professing church there will be apostasy and apostate teachers--those who depart from the clear teachings of the Bible and will deny the basic truths of the faith. This is why the Holy Spirit inspired Jude to write this little book.
He says to us in verse that he set out to write about the common salvation, and yet there was an impression upon his heart from the Lord that he was to write them to encourage them to earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. So, in a very solemn and serious note he has given us what the scripture teaches here in God's revelation about the apostate.
He has made it very clear that apostates are unsaved people. In a summary statement in verse 19 he just wraps it all together and says about them, "These be they who separate themselves (cause divisions), sensual, having not the Spirit." If a person has not the Spirit, this means they have never been born again.
Romans 8:9 says, "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." So, apostates are unsaved people. In the end time in the professing church, there will be these apostates who are not saved.
In the days of apostasy, when these kinds of things are present, there is another danger in the church that has to be guarded against. It is the danger of apathy. This is something that can happen to those who are saved. In days of apostasy when m ...
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