Sign 5 – The Great Apostasy (1 Timothy 4:1-4)

Paul writes that, in the end times, the Church will be walking far from Christ plan, and will distort the gospel in such a way that all that is improper will be accepted as normal. As a consequence, many ones will be prevented from the real Jesus gospel:

  • 1 Timothy 4:1-4
    "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving"   

The word "apostasy" means "abandon". This sign is now happening. Authorities in church are distorting the real gospel, like some examples below:

  • The bishop from New Jersey (EUA)  John Shelby Spong, wrote the book " Why Christianity should change or die?". He states that:
      • Christ ressurrection was not real, only a legend
      • There were no empty grave, no angels, no appearings from Jesus
      • None should interpret the Bible literally
      • Virgin Mary, Bethlehem should disappear
      • The church should support and celebrate the homossexual behavior, as well as the gay/leasbian marriages
      • Also, heterossexual relationships outside the marriage should be considered as normal
    • The church in USA elects a gay bishop

God's Word alerts us that many apostate churchs will have their followers, and also famous masters, according to  2 Timóteo 4:3-4:

"the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.."

Jesus Christ had already also alerted Christians about the existence of the false churchs. In Revelation 3:15-18 , Jesus talks about the apostate church of Laodicea:

15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  
16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth   
17You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked
18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

This is another sign of the End Times which is happening today.

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