Paul Wilson (7 March 2011)
"Falling Away"



Subject: Falling Away


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March 1, 2011
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FALLING AWAY

What constitutes the "falling away" of which the Bible prophesies? Does it
mean
the loss  of orthodoxy or the lessening of religion? Obviously, that was not
true in
the case of Solomon; he did not retract his counsel nor cease to be
religious.
He just ceased to apply what God had taught  him. He demonstrated more
tolerance
for freedom of religion, even to the  point of participation. He exercised
less
resistance to the incursion  of the enemy's devices and increasingly less
sensitivity
to conscience.  Corruption starts at the core. The label doesn't change; the
outward
appearance remains the same. But the motives change. Selfless worship of
the LORD
because  He is worthy gradually changes to become an exercise that
entertains me
 or makes me feel good about myself. Self begins to replace true worship
of a
holy God.

--Dick York (Missionary, missionary trainer, conference speaker, founder of
Shield
of Faith Mission International)