ARE YOU FALLING AWAY

FROM THE TRUTH?


Apostasy = Falling away from the truth.


1. Kinds of:

National.................................1Kings 12:26-33

Individual.....................2Kings 21:1-9, Hebrews 3:12

Satanic...................................Revelation 12:7-9

Angelic..................................2Peter 2:4

General..................................2Timothy 3:1-5

Imputed..................................Acts 21:21

Final......................................2Thessalonians 2:3

Irremedial................................Hebrews 6:1-8


2. Caused by:

Satan......................................Luke 22:31

False teachers...........................Acts 20:29, 30

Perversion of Scripture................2Timothy 4:3, 4

Persecution..............................Matthew 13:21

Unbelief..................................Hebrews 4:9-11

Love of world...........................2Timothy 4:10

Hardened heart..........................Acts 7:54, 57

Spiritual blindness......................Acts 28:25-27


3. Manifested in:

Resisting truth...........................2Timothy 3:7, 8

Resorting to deception..................2Corinthians 11:13-15

Reverting to immorality................2Peter 2:14, 19-22


4. Safeguards against, found in:

God's Word..............................2Timothy 3:13-17

Spiritual growth..........................2Peter 1:5-11

Indoctrination.............................Acts 20:29-31

Faithfulness...............................Matthew 24:42-51

Spiritual perception......................1John 4:1-6

Being grounded in truth.................Ephesians 4:13-16

Using God's armor......................Ephesians 6:10-20

Preaching the Word.....................2Timothy 4:2, 5


UNBELIEF

Unbelief- refusal to accept and appropriate God's truth

Caused by:

Sin..................................................John 16:9

Satan................................................John 8:43-47

Evil heart..........................................Hebrews 3:12

Honor from one another.........................John 5:44

Not belonging to Christ..........................John 10:26

Judicial blindness.................................John 12:37-40


Manifested in:

Questioning God's Word.........Genesis 3:1-6, 2Peter 3:4, 5

Turning from God................................Hebrews 3:12

Questioning God's power.....................Psalms 78:19, 20

Hating God's messengers........................Acts 7:54, 57

Resisting the Spirit...............................Acts 7:51, 52

Discounting evidence............................John 12:37

Opposing the Gospel...................1Thessalonians 2:14-16

Rejecting Christ............................John 12:48, John 16:9


Consequences of, seen in:

Hindering miracles...............................Matthew 13:58

Exclusion from blessings........................Hebrews 3:15-19

Condemnation....................................John 3:18, 19

Rejection..........................................Romans 11: 20

Judgment..........................................John 12:48

Death...............................................John 8:24, 25

Destruction..................................2Thessalonians 1:8, 9

God's wrath.......................................John 3:36


Those guilty, described as:

Stiffnecked.........................................Acts 7:51

Uncircumcised....................................Jeremiah 6:10

Blinded.............................................Ephesians 4:18

Rebels...............................................Numbers 17:10


DOUBT

Doubt- uncertainty of mind

Objects of, Christ's:

Miracles.................................Matthew 12:24-30

Resurrection..................................John 20:24-29

Messiahship...................................Luke 7:19-23

Return..........................................2Peter 3:4


Causes of:

Satan.............................................Genesis 3:4

Unbelief..........................................Luke 1:18-20

Worldly wisdom........................1Corinthians 1:18-25

Spiritual instability...............................James 1:6, 7


Removal of, by:

Putting God to the test................Judge6:36-40, John 7:17

Searching the Scriptures.........................Acts 17:11, 12

Believing God's Word...........................Luke 16:27-31