Kevin Heckle (23 Jan 2012)
"RE: Ray Schulz - Great study on "Apostasy""

 
Ray,
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2012/rays120.htm
I believe you rightly divided the Word of Truth in your study on the apostasia, a general departing from the faith (not necessarily by TRUE Christians).  I've contended for quite some time that Paul's intended meaning was a forsaking of the faith and not a departing of Christians in the Rapture as many believe. 
 
Christianity affects society, even if a portion of the population is not Christian.  The effect of Christianity on society is positive in the influence upon the general morality there, as well as the liberty that a high morality brings.  I don't believe a true Christian can walk away, or forsake the faith, Jesus is ABLE to keep His own(John 10:29, Romans 8:39, .  However, as the true faith is erroded, watered down by everything from political correctness to liberal teachings, there are less and less TRUE Christians.  When there aren't enough Christians standing, like the Spartans in the gap at Thermopylae against Xerxes' forces, evil will advance and liberty will be replaced by tyranny.  I believe that Paul is trying to convey that a general apostasy, a departure from Christianity, is the very circumstance that allows the antichrist to come to power at the end of the Church age, along with his absolute tyranny.
 
The other aspect of the 'apostasia' that occurs in the last days is a general departure from the TRUTH by so-called Christian organizations.  In this day and time of virtually unlimited knowledge, Bible translations, concordances, video presentations, etc. there are many who are inundated with knowledge, and also heaping to themselves so-called teachers (like the weekly self-improvement and entertainment conferences held by many megachurches) but are still unable to come to the truth of the Gospel, repentance and His Saving Grace.
 
II Timothy describes our times:
 
"[1] This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. [2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [6] For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, [7] Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. [8] Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." - 2Ti 3:1-8 KJV
 
Anyway, yours was a well thought-out study with great references PROVING the TRUTH.
 
YBIC,
Kevin H.