3 Apostasy Questions
Apostasy is not new. It's easy to fall prey to what C. S. Lewis calls chronological snobbery to believe whatever we experience today is new. It leads us to a Chicken Little "sky-is-falling" view of the world, but it would be important to consider Scripture, context and history to remind ourselves that truly nothing is new.
After all, Judas turned and betrayed Jesus and Demas and Alexander turned from Paul and the Gospel. John in his letters describes those leaders and church members who turned from the Gospel: "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us." (1 John 2:19)
While it is sad and disconcerting to hear of Christian leaders so publicly turn from Jesus, a reflection on the book of Hebrews and church history should remind us the age-old truth of Ecclesiastes: "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9) People have turned from Jesus since He first came to the world. They just didn't have Instagram to renounce their faith.
So how does apostasy happen? We know it is not a sudden drop, but rather a slow-eating away of truth, a love for God, and a neglect of the God of biblical-redemptive history. It is also the disconnect between what we believe and how we live, something that every Christian wrestles with every moment of their lives. Once we start negotiating with the Bible as to what is or is not acceptable, we not only lose the forest in the trees, we begin to plant our own trees, determining for ourselves what is right in our own eyes (Judges 17:6).
D. A. Carson has three questions that he asks every person who is "losing their faith." If you are in this place or close to this place or know of someone close to this place, may God use these questions to bring away from the edge of the cliff to see that there no other name by which we are saved (Acts 4:12).
What’s your reading been like in the last two years?
With whom are you sleeping with other than your spouse?
When was the last time that you read the Bible? When did you stop praying?