Falling Away

1 Timothy 4:1 (ESV)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,” 

The apostle Paul faced many threats against his message, from false doctrinal speeches to the Judaizers who were adamant that the retention of Jewish customs must be upheld if one was to be a true believer.

As I look around today, it is no different.

A few months ago, a leading pastor of a 10,000-member Baptist church in New York City announced through Facebook that he no longer believes that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. In fact, he called such belief “insanity”.

This same thought was echoed by a leader of a 5500-member Presbyterian church in Chicago last Fall, saying that God was not a Christian and that other spiritual experiences will result in eternal life.

To make matters worse, there is a growing trend in higher education religious universities to lean more towards pluralism than the authenticity of the Bible.

These beliefs are trickling down to the common folk and is apparent in a recent 2017 Barna study that showed that a whopping 44% of US adults who profess to believe in God do not believe that God is actually the “God of the Bible”.

The truth of the Bible is under attack, not only from the outside but from many who stand in the pulpits, Sunday school classrooms, and in the pews of the churches themselves. This falling away was something foretold in the Bible, not only in our study verse above, but in other verses as well (see Matthew 24:10-13; Hebrews 3:12-19; 2 Peter 2:20-22; Revelation 2:4-5).

If you are a believer today, stand firm in your faith and do not conform to what the world wants to make of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John 14:6 is as true today as it was when first penned. Do not allow those who want to gain the world lure you in to false doctrine and false beliefs. Yes, all roads do lead to God. The question is, once you meet Him, will you enter His rest or be condemned to an eternity separated from His love?

Jesus reminded us all in Revelation 3:11 to “hold fast” to what you know to be true, for He is coming soon. If any of these movements towards pluralism are any indication, that time could be coming upon us.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.