In the last post, I discussed the terms ‘backsliding’ and ‘apostasy’ as they are found in the Bible and what they mean in their proper context.
I also touched on the fact that the word ‘apostasy’ does not appear in the Bible one time, even though the concept of apostasy, or falling away, does.
I want to talk a little more on just where the word apostasy and its teaching came from.
Apostasy is defined as the formal disaffiliation from or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person. One who commits apostasy (or who apostatises) is known as an apostate. The term apostasy is used by sociologists to mean renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to, a person’s former religion.
It is a total desertion of or departure from one’s religion. The Greek word for apostasy is ‘apostasia,’ which means ‘a defection, departure, revolt or rebellion.’
Apostasy was introduced by the Catholic Church after she persecuted the Early Church and martyred its leaders. It was instituted as a means to control and regulate faithfulness and ‘faith’ to a religious organization and system.
One accused of apostasy from the catholic church was excommunicated, or kicked out of the church. Depending upon what the defector taught, some were labeled a heretic, which could be punishable by jail time. The worst of heretics were executed.
As time went on, apostasy and correlating punishments for apostasy were adopted by other religions, including Judaism and Islam.
Apostasy in many religions is punishable by death!
If one renunciates his or her religion, they can die.
Below are some countries and their penalty for apostasy (or backsliding) from the national religion of Islam:
- Iran – illegal (death penalty)
- Egypt – illegal (up to 3 years imprisonment)
- United Arab Emirates – illegal (death penalty)
- Somalia – illegal (death penalty)
- Afghanistan – illegal (death penalty, although the U.S. and other coalition members have put pressure that has prevented recent executions)
- Saudi Arabia – illegal (death penalty, although there have been no recently reported executions)
- Sudan – illegal (death penalty, although there have only been recent reports of torture, and not of execution)
- Qatar – illegal (death penalty)
- Yemen – illegal (death penalty)
- Sri Lanka – illegal (Prison sentences for 10 year) (Mahinda Rajapakse regime has passed anti religious change Act in the parliament)
- Malaysia – illegal in five of 13 states (fine, imprisonment, and flogging)
- Mauritania – illegal (death penalty)
- Morocco – illegal to proselytise conversion (15 years jail, flogging)
- Jordan – possibly illegal (fine, jail, child custody loss, marriage annulment) although officials claim otherwise, convictions are recorded for apostasy
Isn’t that amazing? Can you imagine?
Now if we were to take the common religious definition of the Apostate Church as it is taught in most pulpits here in America on Sunday morning, then a lot of folks would have to be stoned!
A LOT of churches, no, MOST churches, keep people in religious bondage by making them believe that if the people are not faithful to a local congregation and do whatever that local pastor tells them to (even if it is in direct contradiction to the PROPER CONTEXT of scripture), then they are being unfaithful to GOD.
And because so many people believe this lie, they are afraid to confront error (even when it is blatant) and even more afraid to leave error!
We are not in Iran, or Morroco, or Jordan where people can serve time or be killed for turning their backs on a family or nation’s religion.
As a matter of fact, GOD HIMSELF commanded for HIS TRUE BELIEVERS, HIS PEOPLE, to COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE!
GOD IS CALLING FOLKS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, EVERY DENOMINATION, EVERY RACE, EVERY CLASS, AND EVERY RELIGION TO COME OUT FROM THE ERROR OF INSTITUTIONALIZED RELIGION.
GOD HAS A REMNANT, AND HE IS DEFINITELY SPEAKING.
To be set free from religion that was instituted by the catholic church and that has placed so many in religious and spiritual torment and bondage to step into the light of the TRUTH, is NOT Apostasy!
It is FREEDOM!
GOD IS CALLING PEOPLE OUT OF RELIGION!
To turn your back on an institutionalized religion that was started by the Roman Catholic church is to walk by faith into the dispensation of time God will have you to walk in…walk while there is light….
God never expected us to stay in one church age. He always expected us to move forward to the next age!
You are NOT backslidden if you do not attend a local assembly, or don’t give tithes or dues to a fellowship.
You are NOT backslidden if you are questioning everything you ever thought what once true, holding it to the light of GOD”S HOLY WORD, asking the HOLY GHOST to reveal to you EVERY ERROR you have ever been exposed to and received. It is called examining one’s salvation (2 Corinthians 13:5).
You are NOT backslidden if you realize that even though you spoke in tongues more than Paul, but you have come to realize that the tongues that have gone forth and are going forth today are NOT from God, so you will NOT participate in glossolalia of any kind.
You are NOT backslidden if you confront error. It may be necessary to confront, so you can see the true colors of your leaders. (Because I guarantee: most leaders in the religious system will not appreciate confrontation of any kind on what they teach or preach!)
You are NOT backslidden because you wear pants, makeup or jewelry!
The only ones who SHOULD be concerned about being apostate are the ones who do not LOVE THE TRUTH!
If you are NOT a lover of truth, YOU WILL FALL AWAY!!!
IT IS YOU THE SCRIPTURES SPEAK OF IN 2 Thessalonians 2!
Don’t be placed in religious bondage to the lie of how THEY teach what it is to be backslidden, or apostate.
THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE APOSTATE!!!!!!!
If you are looking for a online fellowship where you can learn more about the REAL end-time apostate church, RESCUE is here for you!
RESCUE is a safe haven for those who have heard the voice of God and heeded to His call to leave the institutional church, and are looking for a place to fellowship, to learn and to grow.
If you are interested in being a part of RESCUE, please call 518-477-5759.