The Amazing, Alarming, and Awful Apostasy
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified
by God, the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: mercy unto you, and
peace, and love be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you
of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you
that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the
saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old
ordained [written of beforehand] to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the
grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord
Jesus Christ. (Jude 1-4)
We are seeing in our day an amazing, an alarming, and an awful apostasy of the church.
There has always been a question among students of prophecy about just how far the organized
church would go into the apostasy before the Rapture occurs. That is, at what particular point in
the apostasy would the true church, made up of those who were believers in the Lord Jesus
Christ, be taken out of the world?
Now some of us did not believe that we would see the organized churches plunge this far
into a departure from the faith before the true church - that is, the body of believers who actually
trust in Christ as Savior, recognizing they are sinners and their only hope is in Him -
would be taken out of the world. When Dr. William Culbertson was here in Los Angeles speaking
at the Prophetic Conference, he said to some of us privately, "The things I am seeing today I
thought would not take place until the Tribulation!" And I'm sure that this is the viewpoint of
many students of prophecy today.
In this sense, therefore, it's an amazing apostasy that has come upon us. Suddenly the
church has departed from the faith, and many of us thought that by the time this happened the
true church would be gone.
In view of some of the acti ...
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