Yes, indeed the Bible talks about the Apostasy. In the context of the Bible, the term refers to the act of renunciation, abandonment or rejection of faith Christian. An apostate is a person who was previously identified as a Christian but has decided to abandon or deviate from his or her professed faith.
What is apostasy?
Apostasy is also a period of time in which the truth is erased from the context in which it is found, it is the loss of the truth, it is the turning away from it and its collateral effects that can still be felt today.
When Jesus Christ was teaching among the people, there were many who, despite having believed, later denied the faith, fell into apostasy, became apostates. thank you to social pressure, self-interest, flattery of others or simply for expressing a position different from what El Salvador was teaching.
This loss of truth can even occur in our days since for the same reasons people can fall into this fatal error. What we must be very attentive to is to always be aware of the eternal truths that Jesus Christ has left us through the scriptures. He will bless us with sufficient fortitude to face the challenges of life that may cause us to falter so that we do not fall into this error.
The important thing is to keep in mind that just because we are in a modern era, we are not exempt from suffering the onslaught of apostasy and always pray to God that we honor His truths and embrace them in our hearts with courage and determination.
What does the Bible say on this subject?
In the Bible, we find examples of apostasy in the Old and New Testaments. New Testament. God's Word also clearly warns us about apostates and their possible influence in the church.
The letter of the apostle Jude is excellent for describing apostates. Not only that, but in that letter, the apostle Jude also took the opportunity to expressly exhort the Christian church not to be deceived.
It says in Jude 10: 17-19Dear brothers, do you remember the message previously announced by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ? They said to you, "In the end there will be scoffers who will live according to their own ungodly lives." These are wicked men, guided by their own instincts, for they do not have the Holy Spirit.
At Jude 20-21 says: On the other hand, dear brothers and sisters, keep loving God, build yourselves on the foundation of the most sacred faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, while at the same time you must wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.
Some scriptures with warnings teach us of apostasy. For example, 1 Timothy 4: 1-2 says, The Holy Spirit made it clear to the Apostle Paul that in the end, some people will abandon their faith and follow deceptive inspiration and demonic doctrines. Such teaching comes from hypocritical liars, who have a cold conscience.
The Holy Spirit revealed important things to Paul, and he wrote to your son Timothy and told him about it. He warned him about what was about to happen. There will be people who will abandon their faith (apostasy) to follow deceptive and demonic doctrines. They will abandon all knowledge about Jesus and prefer to follow lies and deceit.
For the time has come, they will no longer tolerate sound doctrine, but, driven by their own desires, they will surround themselves with their teachers, who will tell them the novels they want to hear. They will cease to listen to the truth and turn to myth. (2 Timothy 4: 3-4)
Some people are tired of hearing the truth of the gospel and turn to something more innovative or "exotic". They prefer to stop listening to the pure truth that we get in God's word, because for them, the truth is not different or exciting. They look for new things to distance themselves from God and the eternal life He has made possible for them. Let us be careful not to imitate their behavior.
At 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3 we are told: Brethren, now, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our meeting with him, we ask you not to lose your heads and not to be scandalized by certain prophecies, or what is said to be our oral or written information, saying, "It has been Here comes the day of the Lord!". Do not be deceived in any way, for first there must be resistance to the things of God, and there must be evil people, natural saboteurs.
Paul encouraged Thessalonica and us to be watchful and to fully understand the word of God. This is our firm stand against those who come with deceitful words. Before the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the rapture of the church, there will be rebellion against God (apostasy will increase) and evil people (antichrists) will appear. Let us be vigilant.
At 2 Peter 3: 15-17 we are told: Remember, as our dear brother Paul also wrote to you, the patience of our Lord means salvation, this is the wisdom that God has given him. He mentioned these same themes in all his letters. However, there are some incomprehensible points in them, as well as in other bibles, since ignorant and fickle people distorted his propositions, as Peter 2:3:15-17 says: Therefore, dear brethren, as you know beforehand, be on your guard, lest the errors of these liberals carry you away, and you lose stability and fall.
Peter spoke of those who had difficulty understanding Paul's letters. They did not seek God's wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but devoted themselves to twisting the Bible (interpreting it incorrectly). This attitude opened the door to their downfall or apostasy.
Peter warned the brothers about the importance of being alert and not getting carried away by these people. People who are carried away by error lose their stability and fall. Let us hold firmly to the truth of the gospel. Let us study the Bible and ask the Lord to fill us with wisdom from Him.
Jesus explained about the Apostasy
In chapter 24 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus warned his disciples about the events that would take place prior to the end of the world. He told them of wars, famines, earthquakes, destruction and persecution of God's descendants. He told them: "Beware, let no one deceive you" (Matthew 24: 4).
At that time, many people will turn away from the faith. They will betray and hate one another. A great number of false prophets will appear and deceive many people. There will be so many evils that love of many people will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24: 10-13).
We see that he warned against apostasy in particular. In the end, many people will not be able to endure the hardships caused by persecution and will decide to renounce their faith. The challenge Jesus presented to the disciples and to each one of us? To stand firm! He who perseveres to the end will be saved.
Jude teaches us as to the characteristics of apostates
The brief letter of the apostle Jude gives us some clues about the characteristics we can find among apostates. Let's take a look at what he mentioned and each verse reference.
The ruthless and licentious man denies the majesty of Jesus (Jude 4).
The problem is that some people who have been condemned for a long time sneak in among you. They are wicked, turning the grace of our God into licentiousness, denying our only monarch and Lord Jesus Christ.
They are cunning people, they infiltrate little by little among the brethren and are very cautious. Their mission? To lure people into abandoning reasonable doctrines, especially the truth about the God's grace shown by Jesus. They take grace to such an extreme that everything seems to be permitted. Extremism about grace makes them fundamentally deny the need for Jesus as Savior and Lord.
They use their body to do whatever they want, they rebel against authority and do not respect spiritual creatures. (Jude 8)
Similarly, these people, driven by delusions, defile their bodies, despise authority and curse the heavenly bodies.
Their lives are basically dominated by sexual desire. They use their bodies to do what they want and let themselves be impacted by their emotions. They despise all human or divine authority because they think they already know everything and are the only ones worthy of leadership. They are so self-confident that they ignore the possibility that God may warn them or help them through his angels, or that the devil may try to seduce and confuse them through demons.
They do not respect the behavior of Christians, they seek their own interests, they are inconstant and do not bear fruit..
These people are a potential danger: they will turn your celebration of brotherly love into a disrespectful party. They only seek their own interests. They are clouds without water, blown away by the wind. They are trees without fruit. Both died and were uprooted. (Jude 12)
They scoff that the behavior of Christians should be distinguished and try to induce others to imitate them. They try to get their own benefits from everything and everyone, regardless of the harm they cause to others. They have no substantive content and are unreliable. Finally, they are mentally sterile.
They complain, get angry and criticize..
They do not know how to control their passion, they are arrogant. These people complain and are fussy. They are deceived by their own passion, they shout and praise others for their benefit. (Jude 16)
They are arrogant and believe they have the right to complain and criticize everything. They are also very impulsive and easily angered. In any case, their words show the true state of their heart, arrogance and desire to gain an advantage.
5.- They are governed by ungodly passions, which cause divisions, without the Holy Spirit.
They said to them, "In the end there will be scoffers who will live according to their own ungodly lives." These are guided by their own instincts, because they do not have the Holy Spirit. (Jude 18-19)
Jude reminded his readers that the apostles had warned the apostates who had betrayed and mocked those who lived to please God. The church should be very wary of those who live passionately, even if they go against God's will, they should do the best they can.
These people effectively cause divisions by applying pressure in order to force others to "let go". They do this because they live under the command of uncontrolled desires and are not filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
Biblical examples of apostasy
The people of Israel
As Exodus 32:1 relates, when the Israelites saw that Moses had not come down from the mountain, they went to Aaron and said: You must make us marching gods, because Moses brought us out of Egypt, we do not know what might happen to him!
Then, the Lord resurrected the leaders and delivered them from the power of these invaders. But they did not listen to these leaders, but succumbed to other gods and worshiped them, thus prostituting themselves. They soon departed from the path followed by their ancestors, the path of the obedience to the commandments of the Lord. (Judges 2: 16-17)
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: "I regret that I made Saul king because he left me and did not follow my instructions." (1 Samuel 15: 10-11)
Many disciples of Jesus
Many of his disciples heard his voice and said aloud, "This kind of teaching is very difficult, who can accept it?" (John 6:60)
From then on, many of his disciples abandoned him and stopped walking with him. (John 6: 66)
Some members of the Galatian church
To my surprise, you left the man who called you by the grace of Christ so soon and continued to preach the gospel. It is not that there is another gospel, but some people have sown chaos among you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. (Galatians 1: 6-7)
To cling to Jesus is to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory to him forever! Amen. (Peter 2: 3: 18).