What does Apostasy mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
ἀποστασία a falling away 1
ἀποστασίαν a falling away 1

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   1 a falling away, defection, Apostasy.
   

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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Apostasy
A forsaking or renouncing our religion, either by an open declaration in words, or a virtual declaration of it by our actions. The primitive Christian church distinguished several kinds of apostacy; the first, of those who went entirely from Christianity to Judaism; the second, of those who complied so far with the Jews, as to communicate with them in many of their unlawful practices, without making a formal profession of their religion; thirdly, of those who mingled Judaism and Christianity together; and, fourthly, of those who voluntarily relapsed into paganism.
Apostasy may be farther considered as,
1.Original, in which we have all participated, Romans 3:23 ;
2.National, when a kingdom relinquishes the profession of Christianity;
3.Personal, when an individual backslides from God, Hebrews 10:38 ;
4.Final, when men are given up the judicial hardness of heart, as Judas.
5.See BACKSLIDING.
Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Apostasy
(Heb. mesubaa [ Matthew 12:31-32 ; Hebrews 6:4-6 ; 10:26-29 ; 1 John 5:16-17 ). G. C. Berkouwer comments: "We must underscore the deep seriousness of the biblical warning against apostasy after enlightenment' and after the knowledge of the truth.' This is the apostasy which reviles the Spirit of grace and despises the Son of God and crucifies the Man of Sorrows anew" (p. 343). Berkouwer is correct to refute the idea that this sin against the Holy Spirit is a mysterium iniquitatis ("a mystery of sin"), a sin difficult, if at all possible, to define precisely in the Bible.
Apostatizing from God's redemptive covenant is an act of unpardonable transgression and rebellion. All other sins are forgiven on true repentance and faith. Those who fall out of fellowship with the saints are restored to full communion through confession of sin and reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ. Excommunication, as a final step in the process of ecclesiastical discipline, is undertaken in the hope of restoring the wayward sinner who has fallen into grievous sin (1 Corinthians 5:1-5 ).
Israel of old repeatedly broke covenant with God. By impugning the name and works of Yahweh, Israel despised her calling and proved to be a stubborn and disobedient nation. Pentateuchal law identifies covenantal faithlessness as apostasy (see, e.g., the curses of the covenant pronounced on Mount Ebal by the Israelites in Deuteronomy 27:9-26 ). With respect to temporal blessing in the land of promise, restoration of Israel to divine favor after covenant breaking was always a consequence of divine grace and mercy, not because of meritorious works on Israel's part.
In biblical prophecy apostasy is an eschatological sign of the impending day of the Lord, a precursor of the final day of judgment. Ancient Israel's experience of divine wrath and displeasure served as typological foreshadowings of that latter day. The increase in apostasy in these last days of the church's wilderness experience is associated with the appearance of the "man of lawlessness" (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 ).
Mark W. Karlberg
See also Backsliding ; Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit ; Denial
Bibliography . G. C. Berkouwer, Sin ; idem, The Return of Christ ; A. A. Hoekema, The Bible and the Future ; H. Ridderbos, Paul: An Outline of His Theology .
Webster's Dictionary - Apostasy
(n.) An abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed; a total desertion of departure from one's faith, principles, or party; esp., the renunciation of a religious faith; as, Julian's apostasy from Christianity.
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Apostasy
(Greek: apostasis, a standing-off)
A total defection from the Christian religion, after previous acceptance through faith and baptism. Refusal to accept a particular tenet of the faith is properly called heresy.
Apostasy may be merely interior, or exteriorly manifested as well. It may be formal (with full consciousness of the obligation to remain in the faith), or material (without such consciousness). Exterior formal apostasy involves excommunication, reserved in a special manner to the Holy See.
Apostasy from religious life is the unauthorized departure from a religious house of an inmate under perpetual vows, with the intention of not returning; or, if the departure be legitimate, a subsequent refusal to return in order thus to withdraw from the obligations of religious obedience (canon 644). Such apostates incur excommunication.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Apostasy
APOSTASY . A defection from the tenets of some religious community. In Acts 21:21 it describes the charge brought against St. Paul by the Jews, viz., that he taught that the Jews should abandon Mosaism. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 it describes the defection of Christians which was to accompany the ‘man of lawlessness’; i.e. the Antichrist. This expectation is an illustration of what seems to have been a common belief that the return of the Christ to establish His Kingdom would be preceded by exceptional activity on the part of His superhuman opponent, and that this would result in an abandonment of Christian faith on the part of many of those nominally Christian.
Shailer Mathews.
CARM Theological Dictionary - Apostasy
The falling away from the faith. It is a revolt against the truth of God’s word by a believer. It can also describe a group or church organization that has "fallen away" from the truths of Christianity as revealed in the Bible.
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Apostasy
The Gr. word ἀποστασία (apostasia) is found twice in the NT, but in neither case does English Version render ‘apostasy.’ In Acts 21:21 a charge is brought against St. Paul of teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles ‘to forsake Moses’ (lit. [1] ‘apostasy from Moses’). In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 St. Paul assures the Thessalonian disciples that the day of the Lord shall not come ‘except the falling away (lit. [1] ‘the apostasy’) come first, and the man of sin (marg. [3] , with bettor textual justification, ‘lawlessness’) be revealed.’ It is sometimes assumed that the word ‘first’ indicates that the revelation of the ‘man of sin’ must be preceded in time by the apostasy (cf. article Man of Sin, and Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) iii. 226); but the relation of 2 Thessalonians 2:2 to 2 Thessalonians 2:3 makes it more natural to understand ‘first’ as signifying that the apostasy and the revelation of the ‘man of sin,’ regarded as contemporaneous, must come before the day of the Lord. This is confirmed if we accept Nestle’s contention (Expository Times xvi. [4] 472) that ἡ ἀποστασία in this passage should be taken as a translation of the Heb. בְּלִיַעַל (Belial [5] ])-a rendering that occurs frequently in Aquila’s version and also in 3 Kings 21:13 in the Cod. Alexandrinus. In any case the Apostle’s reference is to the wide-spread expectation in the primitive Church (Matthew 24:24, 1 John 2:18; cf. Daniel 12:11) that the return of Christ would be preceded by such a revelation of the power of the Antichrist (q.v. [6] ) as would load to apostasy from the faith on the part of many professing Christians.
J. C. Lambert.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Apostasy
(a pahss' tuh ssee) is the act of rebelling against, forsaking, abandoning, or falling away from what one has believed.
Old Testament The Old Testament speaks of “falling away” in terms of a person's deserting to a foreign king (2 Kings 25:11 ; Jeremiah 37:13-14 ; Jeremiah 39:9 ; Jeremiah 52:15 ). Associated ideas, however, include the concept of religious unfaithfulness: “rebellion” (Joshua 22:22 ); “cast away” (2 Chronicles 29:19 ); “trespass” (2 Chronicles 33:19 ); and “backslidings” (Jeremiah 2:19 ; Jeremiah 8:5 ). NAS uses “apostasy” in Jeremiah 8:5 and Hosea 14:4 with the plural in Jeremiah 2:19 ; Jeremiah 5:6 ; Jeremiah 14:7 .
The prophets picture Israel's history as the history of turning from God to other gods, from His law to injustice and lawlessness, from His anointed king to foreign kings, and from His word to the word of foreign kings. This is defined simply as forsaking God, not fearing Him (Jeremiah 2:19 ). Such action was sin, for which the people had to ask forgiveness (Jeremiah 14:7-9 ) and repent (Jeremiah 8:4-7 ). The basic narrative of Judges, Samuel, Kings is that Israel fell away from God, choosing selfish ways rather than His ways. Exile resulted. Still God's fallen people had hope. In freedom God could choose to turn away His anger and heal their “backsliding” (Hosea 14:4 ).
New Testament The English word “apostasy” is derived from a Greek word (apostasia ) that means, “to stand away from.” The Greek noun occurs twice in the New Testament (Acts 21:21 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ), though it is not translated as “apostasy” in the King James Version. A related noun is used for a divorce (Matthew 5:31 ; Matthew 19:7 ; Mark 10:4 ). The corresponding Greek verb occurs nine times.
Acts 21:21 states an accusation made against Paul that he was leading Jews outside Palestine to abandon the law of Moses. Such apostasy was defined as failing to circumcise Jewish children and to observe distinctive Jewish customs.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Paul addressed those who had been deceived into believing that the day of the Lord had already come. He taught that an apostasy would precede the day of the Lord. The Spirit had explicitly revealed this falling away from the faith ( 1 Timothy 4:1 ). Such apostasy in the latter times will involve doctrinal deception, moral insensitivity, and ethical departures from God's truth.
Associated New Testament concepts include the parable of the soils, in which Jesus spoke of those who believe for a while but “fall away” in time of temptation (Luke 8:13 ). At the judgment, those who work iniquity will be told to “depart” (Luke 13:27 ). Paul “withdrew” from the synagogue in Ephesus (Acts 19:9 ) because of the opposition he found there, and he counseled Timothy to “withdraw” from those who advocate a different doctrine (1 Timothy 6:3-5 ). Hebrews speaks of falling away from the living God because of “an evil heart of unbelief” (1 Timothy 3:12 ). Those who fall away cannot be renewed again to repentance (Hebrews 6:6 ). Yet God is able to keep the believer from falling (Jude 1:24 ).
Implications Apostasy certainly is a biblical concept, but the implications of the teaching have been hotly debated. The debate has centered on the issue of apostasy and salvation. Based on the concept of God's sovereign grace, some hold that, though true believers may stray, they will never totally fall away. Others affirm that any who fall away were never really saved. Though they may have “believed” for a while, they never experienced regeneration. Still others argue that the biblical warnings against apostasy are real and that believers maintain the freedom, at least potentially, to reject God's salvation.
Persons worried about apostasy should recognize that conviction of sin in itself is evidence that one has not fallen away. Desire for salvation shows one does not have “an evil heart of unbelief.”
Michael Fink
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Apostasy
Though the word 'apostasy' does not occur in the A.V., the Greek word occurs from which the English word is derived. In Acts 21:21 Paul was told that he was accused of teaching the Jews who were among the Gentiles to apostatise from Moses. Paul taught freedom from the law by the death of the Christ and this would appear to a strict Jew as apostasy. The same word is used in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 , where it is taught that the day of the Lord could not come until there came 'the apostasy,' or the falling from Christianity in connection with the manifestation of the man of sin. See ANTICHRIST.
Though the general apostasy there spoken of cannot come till after the saints are taken to heaven, yet there may be, as there has been, individual falling away. See, for instance, Hebrews 3:12 ; Hebrews 10:26,28 , and the epistle of Jude. There are solemn warnings also that show that such apostasy will be more and more general as the close of the present dispensation approaches. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 . Now a falling away necessarily implies a position which can be fallen from, a profession has been made which has been deliberately given up. This is, as scripture says, like the dog returning to his vomit, and the sow to her wallowing in the mire. It is not a Christian falling into some sin, from which grace can recover him; but a definite relinquishing of Christianity. Scripture holds out no hope in a case of deliberate apostasy, though nothing is too hard for the Lord.
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Apostasy
a deserting or abandoning of the true religion. The word is borrowed from the Latin apostatare, or apostare, to despise or violate any thing. Hence apostatare leges anciently signified to transgress the laws. The Latin apostatare, again, comes from απο ,
from, and ιστημι , I stand. Among the Romanists, apostasy only signifies the forsaking of a religious order, whereof a man had made profession, without a lawful dispensation. The ancients distinguished three kinds of apostasy: the first, a supererogatione, is committed by a priest, or religious, who abandons his profession, and returns to his lay state; the second, a mandatis Dei, by a person of any condition, who abandons the commands of God, though he retains his faith; the third, a fide, by him who not only abandons his works, but also the faith. There is this difference between an apostate and a heretic; that the latter only abandons a part of the faith, whereas the former renounces the whole. The primitive Christian church distinguished several kinds of apostasy. The first was that of those who relapsed from Christianity into Judaism; the second, that of those who blended Judaism and Christianity together; and the third was that of those who, after having been Christians, voluntarily relapsed into Paganism.

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Apostasies - ) of Apostasy...
Falling Away - See Apostasy and Antichrist
Abjuration - Denial or disavowal under oath; in canonical language, the renunciation of Apostasy, heresy, or schism
Apostasy - Though the word 'apostasy' does not occur in the A. Paul taught freedom from the law by the death of the Christ and this would appear to a strict Jew as Apostasy. The same word is used in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 , where it is taught that the day of the Lord could not come until there came 'the Apostasy,' or the falling from Christianity in connection with the manifestation of the man of sin. ...
Though the general Apostasy there spoken of cannot come till after the saints are taken to heaven, yet there may be, as there has been, individual falling away. There are solemn warnings also that show that such Apostasy will be more and more general as the close of the present dispensation approaches. Scripture holds out no hope in a case of deliberate Apostasy, though nothing is too hard for the Lord
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Apostasy - ...
Apostasy may be merely interior, or exteriorly manifested as well. Exterior formal Apostasy involves excommunication, reserved in a special manner to the Holy See. ...
Apostasy from religious life is the unauthorized departure from a religious house of an inmate under perpetual vows, with the intention of not returning; or, if the departure be legitimate, a subsequent refusal to return in order thus to withdraw from the obligations of religious obedience (canon 644)
Apostasy - , the renunciation of a religious faith; as, Julian's Apostasy from Christianity
Defection - ) Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; desertion; failure in duty; a falling away; Apostasy; backsliding
Apostasy - NAS uses “apostasy” in Jeremiah 8:5 and Hosea 14:4 with the plural in Jeremiah 2:19 ; Jeremiah 5:6 ; Jeremiah 14:7 . ...
New Testament The English word “apostasy” is derived from a Greek word (apostasia ) that means, “to stand away from. ” The Greek noun occurs twice in the New Testament (Acts 21:21 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ), though it is not translated as “apostasy” in the King James Version. Such Apostasy was defined as failing to circumcise Jewish children and to observe distinctive Jewish customs. He taught that an Apostasy would precede the day of the Lord. Such Apostasy in the latter times will involve doctrinal deception, moral insensitivity, and ethical departures from God's truth. ...
Implications Apostasy certainly is a biblical concept, but the implications of the teaching have been hotly debated. The debate has centered on the issue of Apostasy and salvation. Still others argue that the biblical warnings against Apostasy are real and that believers maintain the freedom, at least potentially, to reject God's salvation. ...
Persons worried about Apostasy should recognize that conviction of sin in itself is evidence that one has not fallen away
Misdeem - , not recognize the truth, misunderstand or mistake the cause of Israel's ruin, which was due to the fact that God had forsaken them on account of their Apostasy
Apostasy - Among the Romanists, Apostasy only signifies the forsaking of a religious order, whereof a man had made profession, without a lawful dispensation. The ancients distinguished three kinds of Apostasy: the first, a supererogatione, is committed by a priest, or religious, who abandons his profession, and returns to his lay state; the second, a mandatis Dei, by a person of any condition, who abandons the commands of God, though he retains his faith; the third, a fide, by him who not only abandons his works, but also the faith. The primitive Christian church distinguished several kinds of Apostasy
Backslide - The Apostasy may be both doctrinal and moral
Apostasy - Berkouwer comments: "We must underscore the deep seriousness of the biblical warning against Apostasy after enlightenment' and after the knowledge of the truth. ' This is the Apostasy which reviles the Spirit of grace and despises the Son of God and crucifies the Man of Sorrows anew" (p. Pentateuchal law identifies covenantal faithlessness as Apostasy (see, e. ...
In biblical prophecy Apostasy is an eschatological sign of the impending day of the Lord, a precursor of the final day of judgment. The increase in Apostasy in these last days of the church's wilderness experience is associated with the appearance of the "man of lawlessness" (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 )
Demas - Whether this meant actual Apostasy we know not
Backslider - meshubah, 'a turning away, Apostasy. See Apostasy
Bitterness - ) Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to Apostasy
Apostate - ) Pertaining to, or characterized by, Apostasy; faithless to moral allegiance; renegade
Backsliding - See Apostasy
Infidelity - The condition of one who is without the true faith, either because faith, once accepted, was culpably rejected (apostasy); or because faith was never possessed owing to one of the following reasons: ...
ignorance of sufficient motives for accepting the faith (negative infidelity)
culpable negligence to inquire into its credentials when these were proposed (privative infidelity)
obstinate refusal to accept a well authenticated revelation (positive infidelity)
Backsliding - a falling off, or defection in matters of religion; an Apostasy, Acts 21:21 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ; 1 Timothy 4:1 . " It is important in interpreting these passages to keep it steadfastly in mind, that the Apostasy they speak of is not only moral but doctrinal
Marcellus i, Pope, Saint - He incurred the enmity of the Lapsi who wished to be pardoned without doing the penance prescribed for their Apostasy
Reprobate - Abandoned to error, or in Apostasy
Genesis - The first book of the sacred scriptures of the Old Testament, containing the history of the creation, of the Apostasy of man, of the deluge, and of the first patriarchs, to the death of Joseph
Origin - The Apostasy is believed to have been the origin of moral evil
Barclay, William - He was a professor of civillaw in the University of Pont-a-Mousson, when his work on the royal power, in which, contrary to the usual Catholic view, he advocated the divine right of kings, brought him from James I of England the offer of a lucrative post, conditional on his Apostasy
Jude, Epistle of - " Apostasy had set in, and the saints are exhorted to contend for the faith divinely delivered. ...
Three instances are produced to show how Apostasy had been punished: ...
1. Numbers 16 : Such were doubly dead, by nature and Apostasy, and are reserved for eternal darkness
John de Feckenham - On her accession he refused to save his monastery by Apostasy, and spent 23 years in jail, where he died from privation, a striking example of Elizabeth's ingratitude
John Howman - On her accession he refused to save his monastery by Apostasy, and spent 23 years in jail, where he died from privation, a striking example of Elizabeth's ingratitude
Howman, John - On her accession he refused to save his monastery by Apostasy, and spent 23 years in jail, where he died from privation, a striking example of Elizabeth's ingratitude
Exodus - The most convenient division is the following: ...
events preceding the going out of Egypt (1-12)
the going out of Egypt and the journey to Mount Sinai (13-18)
the promulgation of the first instalments of the Mosaic Law (19-31)
the Apostasy of the Jews (the golden calf), reconciliation, and renewal of the Covenant (32-34)
construction of the Tabernacle (35-40)
Original - The Apostasy is believed to have been the origin of moral evil. Original sin, as applied to Adam, was his first act of disobedience in eating the forbidden fruit as applied to his posterity, it is understood to mean either the sin of Adam imputed to his posterity, or that corruption of nature, or total depravity, which has been derived from him in consequence of his Apostasy
Irregularity - Irregularity may rise either ex defectu (from defect) in the subject, as illegitimacy, bigamy, bodily defect; or ex delicto (from crime), as Apostasy, heresy, homicide, attempted suicide
Fornication - Both the Old and New Testaments condemn all impurity and fornication, corporeal and spiritual-idolatry, Apostasy, heresy, and infidelity
Apostasy - Apostasy
Bitterness - Acts 8 ...
Root of bitterness, a dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to Apostasy
Adultery - ...
Idolatry, covetousness, and Apostasy are spoken of as adultery spiritually ( Jeremiah 3:6,8,9 ; Ezekiel 16:32 ; Hosea 1:2:3 ;; Revelation 2:22 )
Gentiles, the Fulness of the - It therefore follows that as the admission of the Gentiles to privilege is linked with the failure of Israel, so the taking up of the Jews again for blessing is linked with the Apostasy of the Gentiles
Last Time or Days - Apostasy from apostolic doctrine was a sign of the last time (it was not exactly the 'last days,' as in 2Timothy)
Restoration - Recovery from a lapse or any bad state as the restoration of man from Apostasy
Apostasy - ...
Apostasy may be farther considered as, ...
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Swine - The prophet Isaiah, however, charges them with eating swine's flesh; and their Apostasy was such that he says when they offered an oblation, it was as if they had offered swine's blood: their heartless profession was abhorrent to God
Infamy - Infamy of law is that resulting from an explicit pronouncement of the law, as a penalty for certain crimes, such as Apostasy, heresy, schism
Adoni-Zedek - ) An Amorite king of Jerusalem, answering to the ancient king of it, Melchizedek (king of righteousness); one of many proofs that the Canaanite idolatry was an Apostasy from the primitive truth of God which they once had
Peter, Second Epistle of - The development of this evil is viewed in the light of wickedness (rather than of Apostasy, as in the Epistle of Jude), as that which is specially obnoxious to the government of God. While in Jude the gainsaying of Core is shown to be the culminating point of Apostasy, here the incitement to abominable wickedness by Balaam is before the mind of the Spirit, indicating how corrupting the influence of those who held the place of 'prophet' would become
Dismissal Ipso Facto - The following, committed by a religious of either sex, effect dismissal ipso facto: public Apostasy from the Catholic Faith; flight with a person of the opposite sex (even without intention to marry); attempted marriage, even civil
Snare - 1: παγίς (Strong's #3803 — Noun Feminine — pagis — pag-ece' ) "a trap, a snare" (akin to pegnumi, "to fix," and pagideuo, "to ensnare," which see), is used metaphorically of (a) the allurements to evil by which the Devil "ensnares" one, 1 Timothy 3:7 ; 2 Timothy 2:26 ; (b) seductions to evil, which "ensnare" those who "desire to be rich," 1 Timothy 6:9 ; (c) the evil brought by Israel upon themselves by which the special privileges Divinely granted them and centering in Christ, became a "snare" to them, their rejection of Christ and the Gospel being the retributive effect of their Apostasy, Romans 11:9 ; (d) of the sudden judgments of God to come upon those whose hearts are "overcharged with sufeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life," Luke 21:35 (ver
Albania - The country was overrun by Turks in the 14th century, and in the 15th century became entirely Mohammedan, though even among the Moslems Christian heroes are venerated and Christian traditions preserved, for Apostasy was mainly the result of inadequate training and unwillingness to suffer exile
Entail - By the Apostasy misery is supposed to be entailed on mankind
Nadab - Probably the neighbouring Philistines had seized Gibbethon when the Levites generally left it, to escape from Jeroboam's Apostasy to Judah
Forehead - Israel in Apostasy is described as having a harlot's forehead, and refusing to be ashamed
Basilius of Ancyra, a Presybter - On the arrival of Julian at Ancyra, Basil was presented to him, and after having reproached the emperor with his Apostasy was further tortured
Amaziah - ), while the Chronicler accuses him of gross Apostasy ( 2 Chronicles 25:14 ff
Horse - In the period of the eighth-century prophets and following, “horses” became a sign of luxury and Apostasy ( Balaam - he is held up as an example of consummate wickedness and Apostasy
Lapse - ) A fall or Apostasy
Adultery - In scripture, idolatry, or Apostasy from the true God
Mohammedanism - He forbade idolatry, Apostasy, adultery, gambling, intoxicants, and false witness against other Moslems
Forehead - ...
The biblical writers used the language of metaphors to describe the shameless Apostasy and faithlessness of Israel (Jeremiah 3:3 ; Ezekiel 3:8-9 )
Elias - He announced to Achad, King of Israel, who under the influence of his Tyrian wife Jezabel had erected a temple to Baal, that Jehovah had determined to avenge the Apostasy of Israel by bringing a long drought on the land
Elijah - He announced to Achad, King of Israel, who under the influence of his Tyrian wife Jezabel had erected a temple to Baal, that Jehovah had determined to avenge the Apostasy of Israel by bringing a long drought on the land
Remnant - It is of God's grace that any are enabled to be stedfast to the original truth and calling during a general Apostasy from it
Excommunication - The practice of temporarily or permanently excluding someone from the church as punishment for sin or Apostasy. See Apostasy
Thessalonians, Epistles to the - "The Apostasy" was first to arise
Noah - During this age of almost universal Apostasy we are told that Noah was a righteous man and perfect in his generations—i
Libellatici - (Latin: labi, lapsus, to slip) ...
Term applied in the third century to Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the heathen gods or by other external acts of Apostasy
Lapsi - (Latin: labi, lapsus, to slip) ...
Term applied in the third century to Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the heathen gods or by other external acts of Apostasy
Ahab - " In the midst of this great Apostasy, God visited the land with three years of drought and famine; and then, at Mount Carmel, reproved idolatry by fire from heaven, and by the destruction of four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal
lo-Ammi - And Lo-ammi, changed into Ammi, that He will make Israel, now "not His people" owing to Apostasy, to become again "His people
Backsliding - ...
See Apostasy
Rephan - Stephen’s purpose, namely, to show that the foreign idolatrous planet-worship had crept in and meant Apostasy from the true worship of Jahweh
Job (2) - " But it is no less estimable for its religious and ethical worth, setting forth as it does the being and perfections of Jehovah, the Apostasy and guilt of evil spirits and of mankind, the sovereignty of divine providence, the mercy of God on the basis of sacrifice and penitence, the disciplinary nature of his people's sorrows, the wisdom of submission to his will, and the assurance, in view of his infinite power and wisdom, that all shall be well with his followers in the end
Epistle to the Hebrews - Its purpose is to encourage the Christians to perseverance in the faith, and to warn them against Apostasy to Judaism; to accomplish this purpose, it sets forth the excellence of Jesus Christ and the superiority of the New Law
Thurificati - (Latin: labi, lapsus, to slip) ...
Term applied in the third century to Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the heathen gods or by other external acts of Apostasy
Sacrificati - (Latin: labi, lapsus, to slip) ...
Term applied in the third century to Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the heathen gods or by other external acts of Apostasy
Hebrews, Epistle to the - Its purpose is to encourage the Christians to perseverance in the faith, and to warn them against Apostasy to Judaism; to accomplish this purpose, it sets forth the excellence of Jesus Christ and the superiority of the New Law
Backsliding - In instances of Apostasy when one spurns the grace of God by renouncing the blessings of the covenant, there is no possibility of repentance for sin, only a divine sealing unto the day of judgment (Hebrews 6:4-6 ; 10:26-31 ). The sin of Apostasy is real for covenant confessors. Karlberg...
See also Apostasy ; Denial ; Sanctification ...
Bibliography
Ezekiel, Theology of - He demonstrates first that God is not moved by outward Acts of religion; even if people come to consult God, he will not receive them as long as they harbor Apostasy (vv. If his son, the second generation, does not follow that path but lives a life of greed, Apostasy, and selfishness, then that son will not be justified through the righteousness of his father. ...
Apostasy . More than any other prophet, Ezekiel graphically portrays the perversity and effrontery of Apostasy. First, it vividly displays Apostasy as an act as disgraceful and brazen as adultery. Second, it brings out the character of Israel's Apostasy. ...
In chapter 8, Ezekiel describes the Apostasy that was being committed in the temple itself. There in the very house of God Ezekiel saw several examples of Jerusalem's Apostasy. "...
The outcome of Apostasy is that God shows no pity (v. The term "David" is symbolic and messianic; it looks for the day when a king will arise who will love God with all his heart and who will stand in stark contrast to the kings and leaders who led Jerusalem into its disastrous Apostasy and warfare
Reuben, Tribe of - All the three tribes on the east of Jordan at length fell into complete Apostasy, and the time of retribution came
Man of Sin - According to the Pauline view, the Parousia would be preceded by an Apostasy of believers and the appearance of the ‘man of lawlessness,’ ‘who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God’ ( 2 Thessalonians 2:3 f
Commandment - 24:20), and Apostasy (1 Kings 18:18)
Adder - ' It lies in holes or ruts and darts upon an animal passing: and this well agrees with the above text, where Dan is compared to "an adder in the path that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward:" typical of Apostasy and the power of Satan
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Blasphemy against the Spirit and Apostasy are related. Apostasy, whether defined in the Calvinistic or Arminian sense, is committed by those who have had some relationship to God through Christ. Thus, Apostasy is acceptance followed by repudiation of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 6:4-6 ; 10:29-39 ; 1 John 5:16-17 ); blasphemy against the Spirit is not preceded by acceptance
Gideon - Apostasy from Jahweh again resulted in their being oppressed, this time by the neighbouring Bedouin tribes, the Midianites and Amalekites. ...
The offer of the kingship , Judges 8:22-28 : On the Israelites offering to Gideon and his descendants the kingship, Gideon declines it on theocratic grounds, but asks instead for part of the gold from the spoil taken from the Midianites; of this he makes an image ( ephod ), which he sets up at Ophrah, and which becomes the cause of Apostasy from Jahweh. ’...
In the section Judges 8:22-35 there is clearly a mixing-up of the sources; on the one hand Israel’s Apostasy is traced to the action of Gideon, on the other this does not take place until after his death
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A — 3: ἀποστασία (Strong's #646 — Noun Feminine — apostasia — ap-os-tas-ee'-ah ) "a defection, revolt, Apostasy," is used in the NT of religious Apostasy; in Acts 21:21 , it is translated "to forsake," lit. , "thou teachest Apostasy from Moses. " In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 "the falling away" signifies Apostasy from the faith
Spirit (of the Dead), Necromancer - But in this particular incident, it seems that God rebuked Saul’s Apostasy, either through a revived Samuel or through a vision of Samuel
Magic, Magicians - It was so strictly forbidden by the law that it could never afterward have had any: recognized existence, save in times of general heresy or Apostasy and the same was doubtless the case in the patriarchal ages
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In Matthew 19:28 the word is used, in the Lord's discourse, in the wider sense, of the "restoration of all things" ( Acts 3:21 , RV), when, as a result of the second advent of Christ, Jehovah "sets His King upon His holy hill of Zion" (Psalm 2:6 ), and Israel, now in Apostasy, is restored to its destined status, in the recognition and under the benign sovereignty of its Messiah
Watching - Paul to the elders at Miletus, in view of the Apostasy that has taken place or may be repeated under the influence of ‘fierce wolves
Hecebolius, a Rhetor at Constantinople - After the death of Julian and the reversal of the imperial policy Hecebolius ostentatiously professed extreme penitence for his Apostasy and prostrated himself at the church door crying to all that entered "Trample upon me—the salt that has lost its savour" (Socr
Ahab - It was chiefly in his reign that Elijah the Tishbite laboured, and he testified for Jehovah against the Apostasy and corruption of the king
Sponsors - The Church was anxious notto lose these lambs of the Flock, and so it was a wise and godlyprovision that there should be some one who, in default of theirparents, surviving or in case of their Apostasy, might see toit that their godchildren were "brought up to lead a godly anda Christian life
Fall - Specifically: The first Apostasy; the act of our first parents in eating the forbidden fruit; also, the Apostasy of the rebellious angels
Catholic Church Extension Society of England And w - The three special intentions of the Guild are: ...
the conversion of England and Wales in general, and of individuals in particular;
the rescue of apostates and those in danger of Apostasy;
the forgotten dead, who, owing to the Reformation, or to being isolated converts, or other causes, are without special Masses and prayers
Ashtoreth - ...
The earliest worship of Apostasy was that of the sun, moon, etc
Guild of Our Lady of Ransom - The three special intentions of the Guild are: ...
the conversion of England and Wales in general, and of individuals in particular;
the rescue of apostates and those in danger of Apostasy;
the forgotten dead, who, owing to the Reformation, or to being isolated converts, or other causes, are without special Masses and prayers
Demas - We have no certain assurance that the Apostasy of Demas was final, but the darker view of his character has usually been taken, as e
Harlot - ), and it is grimly significant that the prophets designate Apostasy and declension by ‘whoredom
Denial - Karlberg...
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Boar - Eating it was the token of Apostasy under Antiochus Epiphanes' persecution, and is mentioned among Judah's provocations of Jehovah (Isaiah 65:4; Isaiah 66:17)
Rending of Garments - There were four occasions on which rending of garments was enjoined by the Jewish Law: (1) death; (2) the Apostasy of a member of the family; (3) the destruction, during persecution, of a copy of the Law; (4) blasphemy
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Isaiah 57:8 (b) The Lord is using this illustration to show the tremendous Apostasy of Israel in the home, out in public, and in their relationships with other nations
Forty Martyrs, the - They were immersed for a whole night in a frozen pond, a hot bath being placed within sight for any who might choose to avail themselves of it, their doing so, however, being the sign of Apostasy
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Psalm 84:3 (c) This bird is used to describe the Apostasy of Israel
Lose - Our first parents lost the favor of God by their Apostasy
Midianite - Their Apostasy brought upon them a severe punishment
Sin Unto Death - Yet another theory sees the sin unto death as Apostasy (cf
Firstfruits - Times of Apostasy brought a neglect of this duty; the restoration of the offering of both kinds was a leading point in the reformation under Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:5; 2 Chronicles 31:11), and under Nehemiah (Nehemiah 10:35; Nehemiah 10:37; Nehemiah 12:44)
Asterius, Bishop of Amasea - He speaks of the Apostasy of Julian as having happened within his memory (Aster
Marcellus, Bishop of Rome - the leader and instigator of the opposition, who had "denied Christ in time of peace" by condoning Apostasy and subverting discipline after persecution had ceased
Rechab, Rechabites - He evidently held that civilization and settled life inevitably led to Apostasy from Jahweh, the ancestral Deity of his tribe
Gallus, Caesar - There is no reason to doubt that the young Caesar was a zealous Christian after a sort, and that he was distressed by his brother's danger of Apostasy
Babylon, Mystical - It and the Greek Apostasy are whorish in principle, by external and internal idolatry and systematized worldliness. Rome's forced outward unity, of which its one official language, Latin, is the symbol while inwardly there is spiritual confusion, answers to Babel, the scene of the forced attempt at concentration of power and peoples, issuing in utter confusion of tongues; so too, in a wider sense; does all Christendom in its Apostasy from apostolic unworldly purity, faith, and love
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In Jacob's prophecy as to this tribe there is depicted the future blessing of all Israel after the salvation of the Lord has come in, announced at the close of Dan's Apostasy
Herodians - Thus, the Herod's were forerunners of the coming antichrist, and like the Old Testament antichrist, Antiochus Epiphanes (Daniel 8,11), they paved the way to Apostasy by an introduction of Greek refinements, theaters, etc
Molech - ...
In times of Apostasy some Israelites, apparently in desperation, made their children “go through the fire to Molech” (Leviticus 18:21 ; Leviticus 20:2-5 ; 2 Kings 23:10 ; compare 2 Kings 17:31 ; Jeremiah 7:31 ; Jeremiah 19:5 ; Jeremiah 32:35 )
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Meshûbâh (מְשֻׁבָה, Strong's #4878), “backturning; Apostasy
Maris, Bishop of Chalcedon - In 362 Maris, then advanced in age and blind, at an interview with Julian, severely rebuked his Apostasy, whereupon the emperor tauntingly observed, "Thy Galilean God will not heal thy sight
Molech, Moloch - The prophets undoubtedly regarded the cult as foreign, and as an Apostasy to heathenism
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The days of Ahab in Samaria were days of growing wealth and spiritual Apostasy
Man of Sin - Paul’s doctrine of the Antichrist is found in the passage 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, in which he associates ‘the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ’ with a previous ‘falling away’ or Apostasy (ἀποστασία) and the revelation of ‘the man of lawlessness,’ whom he also designates ‘the son of perdition’ (2 Thessalonians 2:3), ‘the opponent’ (ἀντικείμενος) of God (2 Thessalonians 2:4), ‘the lawless one’ (ὁ ἄνομος, 2 Thessalonians 2:3), whose future revelation in his own time, however, is anticipated even now by a working of ‘the mystery of lawlessness’ (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Out of Judaism he pictured the Antichrist as coming, though there are features in his representation which imply that the sway of the man of lawlessness would extend far beyond the confines of Judaism-that he would cause an Apostasy in the Church (Daniel 11:3), that he would break down the restraining power of the Empire (Daniel 11:7), that he would draw after him a deluded and perishing world (Daniel 11:10-12)
Euphrates - The obstacles which stood in the way of Israel and her king returning, namely, the apostate church (both Rome and the Greek Apostasy) and her multitudinous peoples, shall be dried up, her resources being drained off, just as Cyrus marched into Babylon through the dry channel of the Euphrates
Lebanon - The constant snow-coverage is contrasted with the fickleness and Apostasy of Israel (Jeremiah 18:1 )
Anglo-Saxon Church - His son, Alfred the Great, showed great devotion to the papacy and in his code of laws he, conjointly with Guthrum, the Danish ruler of East Anglia, declared Apostasy a crime, and commanded the payment of Peterspence
Ephraim (1) - Psalms 78:9 is referred in Smith's Bible Dictionary to this time; but the phrase is rather figurative for spiritual Apostasy; "the children of Ephraim . ...
But her continually increasing moral degeneracy and religious Apostasy rendered all her natural advantages unavailing
Josiah - ...
Josiah spared not even the high places which pious Hezekiah had left, nor those of Solomon in his Apostasy, nor their priests (Chemarim), as Zephaniah 1:4 foretold; also Manasseh his grandfather's grove (Asherah) in the Lord's house (2 Kings 21:7; 2 Kings 23:6). He scarcely realized the depth of Israel's Apostasy, and hoped his reformation would enlist God's cooperation against the Egyptians
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The prophets felt that most of Israel's religious troubles began with the settlement of Canaan and Apostasy to Canaanite idolatry, but they also looked forward to a renewed pilgrimage in the wilderness (Hosea 2:14-15 ; Hosea 9:10 , compare Deuteronomy 32:10 ; Jeremiah 2:2-3 ; Jeremiah 31:2-3 )
Law - Because of rampant Apostasy the last days of Judah were times when there were no teaching priests ( Thessalonians - Paul begins with the same salutation as in the former epistle, and then expresses his devout acknowledgments to God for the increasing faith and mutual love of the Thessalonians in the midst of persecution; he represents to them the rewards which will be bestowed upon the faithful, and the punishment which will be inflicted upon the disobedient, at the coming of Christ, 2 Thessalonians 1; he earnestly entreats them not to suppose, as upon authority from him, or upon any other ground, that the last day is at hand; he assures them, that before that awful period a great Apostasy will take place, and reminds them of some information which he had given them upon that subject when he was at Thessalonica; he exhorts them to steadfastness in their faith, and prays to God to comfort their hearts, and establish them in every good word and work, 2 Thessalonians 2; he desires their prayers for the success of his ministry, and expresses his confidence in their sincerity; he cautions them against associating with idle and disorderly persons, and recommends diligence and quietness
Jude, Epistle of - These are all awful examples of the doom that awaits those guilty of Apostasy and sensuality. Would-be shepherds, they sacrilegiously pollute the love-feasts; delusive prophets, hopelessly dead in sin, shameless in their Apostasy, theirs is the doom foretold by Enoch on the godless
Fornication - ...
(3) πορνεία is sometimes used also to indicate Apostasy from God-so often in Revelation. The example of Israel tempted by Moabitish women to Apostasy and lust at Balaam’s instigation was a warning (Revelation 2:14, 1 Corinthians 10)
Numbers, Book of - God will guide the priesthood in directing Israel away from Apostasy and toward Him (Numbers 25:1 )
Obedience - During most of the two-kingdom times, gross Apostasy and disobedience were widespread
Adultery - Hence idolatry, covetousness, and Apostasy are adultery spiritually (Jeremiah 3:6; Jeremiah 3:8-9; Ezekiel 16:82; Hosea 1; 2; 3; Revelation 2:22)
Eternal Sin - The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews certainly contemplates in 6:1–8 the possibility of such fatal Apostasy, cf
Maximinus ii., Emperor - Hesychius and Lucian, the latter a presbyter, famous for learning and saintliness, were summoned to the emperor's presence at Nicomedia, half starved to death, and then tempted with a luxurious banquet as the price of their Apostasy, and on their refusal to deny their faith were thrown into prison and put to death (ix
Timothy, First And Second, Theology of - In regards to the doctrine of sin, Paul refers to the first sin of Adam and Eve as the origin of all kinds of sinning, from the love of money to the sin of Apostasy, which he particularly stresses in 1,2Timothy. ...
Another emphasis in these epistles is Paul's stress on the danger of Apostasy and falling away from the faith. Another who may have committed the same sin of Apostasy was Demas; because he loved the present world, he deserted Paul (2 Timothy 4:10 ). First Timothy 4:1-5 speaks of the great Apostasy that will transpire in the latter times
Feasting - They constituted a grave danger owing to the religious sanction they gave to immorality and the easy path they opened up towards virtual Apostasy. ...
‘Where the feast is held under the auspices of a heathen god and as a sequel to his sacrifice,’ then abstinence must Follow; ‘participation under these circumstances becomes an act of Apostasy, and the feaster Identifies himself with the idol as distinctly as in the Lord’s Supper he identifies himself with Christ’ (G
Judges, the Book of - Judges 1, Israel's relations to Canaan, geographical and political, what the several tribes and houses achieved, or otherwise, in conquering the land; Judges 2 - 3:6, Israel's relations religiously to the Lord, this second portion tells us the reason of Israel's failure to drive out the Canaanite remnant and of their falling under oppressors, namely, Apostasy; Jehovah leaving those nations in order to prove Israel whether they would obey Him. The general lessons of the book are summed up in Judges 2:11 ff, namely, Israel's high calling and yet Apostasy, Jehovah's chastening, and then raising up of judges because of His own pity for their groanings; then Israel's relapse into idolatry upon each judge's death. Thrice Jehovah threatened Israel with oppression for Apostasy: at Bochim (Judges 2:1-4), at the Midianite invasion (Judges 6:7-10), at the Ammonite and Philistine oppression (Judges 10:10-14)
Sin - All men are declared to be destitute of any principle of spiritual life; man's Apostasy from God is total and complete (Job 15:14-16 ; Genesis 6:5,6 )
Preaching in the Bible - When meeting a charge of Apostasy from the Jewish faith, he addressed the people in their own tongue concerning his origins and his experiences in Christ (Acts 21:40-22:21 )
Reprobate - He speaks as if a fall from grace were possible even on the part of those who have experienced spiritual enlightenment and renewal, as if there were a point even in the spiritual life where backsliding becomes Apostasy, and the man who crucifies the Son of God afresh and puts Him to an open shame is beyond repentance rejected, reprobate
Dry Dried Drieth - ...
Zechariah 11:17 (b) This expression is used to illustrate the fact that the leaders of GOD's people because of their Apostasy would be unable to serve or work acceptably
Damascus, Damascenes - Paul came to it as a voluntary inquisitor, to call the Christian Jews to account for their Apostasy
Fire - The fires of Moloch and the sun god were nature worship, into which Sabeanism declined from the one God over all; the Jews often fell into this Apostasy (Isaiah 27:9; 2 Kings 23:11-12)
Exhortation - In times of threatened Apostasy it was admonitory; amid persecution and danger it promoted comfort
Job - It teaches the being and perfections of God, his creation of all things, and his universal providence; the Apostasy and guilt of evil spirits and of mankind; the mercy of God, on the basis of a sacrifice, and on condition of repentance and faith, Job 33:27-30 42:6,8 ; the immortality of the soul, and the resurrection of the body, Job 14:7-15 19:25-27
Mourning (2) - The Apostasy of a member of the family was the occasion of mourning as for the dead, and a blasphemy spoken in the presence of the high priest was also a reason for a demonstration of mourning
Offence - nouns, in the sense of an injury, a trespass or a fall, or as an occasion of unbelief, doubt, or Apostasy
Thessalonians, Second Epistle to the - The general thought is that the coming of Christ is to be heralded by an outburst of iniquity, described as the ‘apostasy’ (‘falling away,’ 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ), either headed by or personified as ‘the man of sin’ (RVm
Now, of the elements of this conception, that of an ‘apostasy’ is not un-Pauline: it appears 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 , Romans 16:17-20 (as well as Acts 20:29-30 , and throughout the Pastoral Epp
Rehoboam - ...
Thus, Rehoboam became strengthened in his kingdom, but after three years' faithfulness and consequent prosperity from God the tendency to Apostasy inherited from his mother Naamah the Ammonitess, and her bad early training, led him to connive at, and like Solomon join in, the abominations of idolatry, the "high places, standing images, and groves on every high hill and under every green tree" (1 Kings 14:22-24)
Fasting - ...
A mark of the Apostasy is "commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving" (1 Timothy 4:3)
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BABYLON as the centre of idolatry and Gentile Apostasy from God and the abode of corruption in the activity of power — type of papal Rome whose name is Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth
Remnant - In the days of Elijah, when God’s chosen people in the northern kingdom had fallen into Apostasy, the Lord announced: “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal …” (1 Kings 19:18)
Parousia - In the Miletus address the Apostasy before the end is referred to. ‘The Apostasy,’ not ‘a falling away,’ but the well-known Apostasy of current apocalyptic which we find in Daniel and in the apocalyptic portions of the Synoptics, had to take place. ...
(c) Apostasy sets in
Hosea, Theology of - It moves from the heights of an intimate knowledge, symbolized by marriage and paternal love, to the depths of anguish and despair over Israel's Apostasy and idolatry as pictured by the adultery of Gomer. Gomer's adulterous affairs provided penetrating images of Israel's Apostasy and revealed the hurt and disaster associated with idolatryhurt suffered by God and disaster suffered by the people since the eventual outcome led to exile and destruction
Idol, Idolatry - They were not to forget God—a process evidenced by disobedience and progressive Apostasy to idols (Deuteronomy 8:19 ; 11:16 ). , Israel's Apostasy and Restoration: Essays in Honor of Roland K
Fall - Fall, or the fall, by way of distinction, the Apostasy the act of our first parents in eating the forbidden fruit also, the Apostasy of the rebellious angels
Belshazzar - Having made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, he ordered those vessels to be brought during the banquet, that he, his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink out of them, which they did; and to aggravate sacrilege by Apostasy and rebellion, and ingratitude against the Supreme Author of all their enjoyments, "they praised the gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, and stone, but the God in whose hand was their breath, and whose were all their ways, they praised or glorified not
Victor, Bishop of Rome - of Rome before Zephyrinus to have held the same views with themselves, and the allegation is refuted by the fact of Victor, the predecessor of Zephyrinus, having excommunicated Theodotus, "the founder and father of the God-denying Apostasy
Thessalonians, the Epistles to the - Paul therefore tells them (2 Thessalonians 2) that before the Lord shall come there must first be a great Apostasy, and the man of sin be revealed; and that to neglect daily business would only bring scandal on the church, and was contrary to his own practice among them (Acts 17:15), and that believers must withdraw from such disorderly walkers (2 Thessalonians 3:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15). So far was Paul in writing 1 Thessalonians from being mistaken as to Christ's speedy coming that he had distinctly told them, when with them, the same truths as to the precursory Apostasy which he now more emphatically repeats (2 Thessalonians 2:5)
Crimes And Punishments - Inseparable from this form of Apostasy is the crime of idolatry , entailing the curse of God (D Gideon - Prayer brought first a prophet from Jehovah to awaken them to a sense of God's grace in their former deliverances and of their own Apostasy. ...
The "second" in age of Joash's bullocks, "seven years old," was appointed in the dream for an offering to Jehovah, to correspond to Midian's seven years' oppression because of Israel's Apostasy
Nahum (2) - " Moreover Nahum has none of the reproofs for national Apostasy which abound in the other prophets
Manasseh (1) - ...
But because of Apostasy from the God of their fathers to the gods of the people whom He destroyed before them, Manasseh was first cut short by the Syrian Hazael (2 Kings 10:32), then God stirred up the spirit of Pul and of Tiglath Pileser of Assyria to carry the eastern half of Manasseh, Reuben, and Gad captives to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan (1 Chronicles 5:25-26)
Antiochus - This probability was increased by the Apostasy of the high priest
Zephaniah, Theology of - In the religious sphere these include Apostasy (1:4-5), the worship of foreign gods, and abandoning the only true God
Antichrist - Gregory the Great, in the sixth century, applied the prophecies concerning the beast in the Revelation, the man of sin, and the Apostasy from the faith mentioned by St
Thousand Years - Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Cyprian, expected an earthly millennial kingdom; not until millennial views carnally confounded the state of the transfigured king-priests with that of the subject nations in the flesh, and the church itself sought a present visible kingdom with Rome as its center, instead of hoping for it only when Christ shall come, was the doctrine abandoned by the church and Apostasy set in. Hence, Apostasy can take place at its close; out of the one element of evil in it, the flesh, man's birthsin the only influence then preventing the saving of all souls
Gods And Goddesses, Pagan - The Book of Judges chronicles this Apostasy. Because of this Apostasy, judgment was poured out on Ahab and Jezebel
Hosea - He mentions in the inscription, besides the reign of Jeroboam in Israel, the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, though his prophecies are addressed primarily to Israel and only incidentally to Judah; for all the prophets whether in Judah or Israel regarded Israel's separation from Judah, civil as well as religious, as an Apostasy from God who promised the kingship of the theocracy to the line of David
Peter, Second, Theology of - ...
Eschatology is the dominant theological focus in 2Peter, with an emphasis on the certainty of divine judgment on ungodliness and Apostasy
Kill, Killing - Capital punishment was employed for the following criminal cases: intentional homicide (Exodus 21:12 ; Leviticus 24:17 ; 2 Chronicles 23:15 ), kidnapping (Exodus 21:16 ; Deuteronomy 24:7 ), prostitution by the priest's daughter (Leviticus 21:9 ), persistent disobedience against parents (Leviticus 20:9 ; Deuteronomy 27:16 ), Apostasy from the Lord (Numbers 25:5 ; Deuteronomy 13:10 ), killing the king (2 Samuel 4:10-12 ), fratricide (Genesis 4:14 ; Exodus 21:14 ; Judges 9:56 ; 2 Samuel 14:7 ), child sacrifice (Leviticus 20:4 ; Heb
Galatians, the Epistle to the - Even three years would be "soon" for their Apostasy, they having betrayed no symptoms at his second visit (Acts 18:23)
Apostolic Fathers - Using the form of an apocalypse or revelation, the Shepherd of Hermas deals with the heatedly debated question of repentance for serious post-baptismal sins such as Apostasy, adultery, or murder
Antioch - It continued, indeed, outwardly prosperous; but superstition, secular ambition, the pride of life; pomp and formality in the service of God, in place of humility and sincere devotion; the growth of faction, and the decay of charity; showed that real religion was fast disappearing, and that the foundations were laid of that great Apostasy which, in two centuries from this time, overspread the whole Christian world, led to the entire extinction of the church in the east, and still holds dominion over the fairest portions of the west
Aaron - Like all compromises of truth, its inevitable result was still further Apostasy from the truth. Aaron's words, "These are thy gods elohim (a title of the true God), O Israel, which brought thee up out of Egypt," as also his proclamation, "Tomorrow is a feast to JEHOVAH," show that he did not mean an open Apostasy from the Lord, but rather a concession to the people's sensuous tastes, in order to avert a total alienation from Jehovah
Joshua - He commands Moses and Joshua to write Moses' song, and teach it to Israel as a witness against them of God's benefits, their duties, and the penalty of their Apostasy. ...
A long time after Jehovah had given rest unto Israel from all foes, Joshua, now old, convened all Israel (Joshua 23) represented by their heads, judges, and officers, to either Timhath Serah his home or Shiloh the sanctuary, and exhorted them to love and serve Jehovah ("be ye very courageous to do all that is written in the law, turn not aside to the right or to the left," Joshua 23:6; the same as God had enjoined Himself, Joshua 1:7), constrained by His past benefits, His promises of future help, and His threats of leaving the nations to be snares, scourges, and thorns to vex and destroy Israel in the event of Apostasy
Teach, Teacher - Upon entering the land, Israel was not to intermarry with its inhabitants because this would result in Apostasy (Deuteronomy 7:3-6 )
Jude, Theology of - God judges sin, rebellion, and Apostasy whenever and wherever it occurs—before creation in the heavenly court (v
Judges, Book of - Israel's cycles of Apostasy (Judges 2:1-3:6 ) ...
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Prophet, Christ as - Christ's predictions bear a striking similarity to Moses' predictions, for both spoke of Israel's dispersion, her spiritual Apostasy, and the dreadful calamities that were to come on her during the time that she became subservient to the Gentiles (cf
Repentance - If one turns away from God, Apostasy is indicated
Abomination of Desolation - In support of this view it is urged (a) that the ‘little Apocalypse’ (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, a passage closely resembling this) clearly contemplates a Jewish Apostasy; (b) that the word used in Daniel (שׁקּוּץ = βδέλυγμα) is properly used not of idolatry in the abstract, but of idolatry or false worship adopted by Jews (1 Kings 11:5, 2 Kings 23:13, Ezekiel 5:11); (c) that there was among the Jews a tradition to the effect that Jerusalem would be destroyed if their own hands should pollute the Temple of God (ἐὰν χεῖρες οἰκεῖαι προμιάνωσι τὸ τοῦ θεοῦ τέμενος, Josephus BJ iv vi
Denial - In the narrower and stricter sense, therefore, denial means public Apostasy from faith in Christ, the guilt of which is visited with a punishment in exact correspondence with it
Zephyrinus - To this bold assertion his opponents replied that the fact of Victor having excommunicated Theodotus the carrier, who was "the leader and father of this God-denying Apostasy," was proof that Artemon's doctrine had not been formerly that of the Roman church (Eus
Peter, Second Epistle of - These men will subvert the gospel of redemption from sin, and cause Apostasy in the Church. Indifference to Christian morality, inducing a dulled spiritual sense, has made them liable to Apostasy under the influence of false teachers who are about to invade the Churches
Moses - ]'>[9] laws to be the renewal of the covenant broken by the people’s Apostasy
Heresy - if any person, educated in the Christian religion, or professing the same, shall, by writing, printing, teaching, or advised speaking, deny any one of the persons in the Holy Trinity to be God, or maintain that there are more Gods than one, he shall undergo the same penalties and incapacities which were inflicted on Apostasy by the same statute
Timothy, the Second Epistle to - As 1 Timothy 4:1-5 points to the mediaeval Apostasy, "in the latter times some shall depart from the faith
Judaizing - The people addressed are evidently in danger of Apostasy
Self-Denial - Peter’s denial (Matthew 26:34-35; Matthew 26:75, Mark 14:30-31; Mark 14:72, Luke 22:61, John 13:38); and in our Lord’s denunciation of Apostasy (Luke 12:9)
Elijah - This remarkable prophet is introduced abruptly in scripture in the midst of the Apostasy of the kingdom of Israel, which was brought to a head in the reign of Ahab
Proselytes - In times of judgment on Israel for Apostasy the stranger became "the head" (Deuteronomy 28:43-44); but under David and Solomon they were made to do bondservice, 70,000 bearers of burdens, 80,000 hewers, 3,600 overseers (1 Chronicles 22:2; 2 Chronicles 2:17-18)
Judah, Kingdom of - ) Amaziah, elated with the conquest of Edom and having lost God's favor through Apostasy to Edom's idols, challenged Joash of Israel, the conqueror of Syria (2 Chronicles 25; 2 Kings 13:14-25)
Elijah - This remarkable prophet is introduced abruptly in scripture in the midst of the Apostasy of the kingdom of Israel, which was brought to a head in the reign of Ahab
John the Baptist - and power" of preaching, though not in miracles (John 10:41), he should turn the degenerate "children to the Lord and to" their righteous "fathers, and the heart of the fathers to the children," their past mutual alienation being due to the children's Apostasy; fulfilling Malachi 4:4-6; bringing "Moses' law" to their remembrance, "lest Jehovah at His coming should smite the earth with a curse
Elijah - In "standing before the Lord" he assumed the position of a Levitical priest (Deuteronomy 10:8), for in Israel the Levitical priesthood retained in Judah had been set aside, and the prophets were raised up to minister in their stead, and witness by word and deed before Jehovah against the prevailing Apostasy. ) Apostasy from God begets injustice toward man. This is explained in Luke 1:11; Luke 1:17, which refers to Malachi 4:5-6; "he shall go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers (Jacob, Levi, Moses, Elijah, Malachi 1:2; Malachi 2:4; Malachi 2:6; Malachi 3:3-4; Malachi 4:4, who had been alienated as it were by their children's Apostasy) to the children (made penitent through John's ministry), and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs - He prophesies the Apostasy of his posterity (vi. He prophesies his posterity’s Apostasy, and restoration, when a man shall come’ working righteousness’ (iv. They refer not merely to a second great Apostasy, but to a second destruction of the Temple and a second captivity and a final restoration wrought by God directly or through the Messiah
Hebrews, Epistle to the - The hopelessness of Apostasy is most solemnly set forth, but of those he is addressing, the writer is persuaded better things, and he presses them to follow those who through faith and long patience have inherited the promises. " A second solemn warning is given as to the danger of Apostasy
Preaching - When the ignorant notions of Pagans, the vices of their practice, and the idolatry of their pretended worship, were in some sad periods incorporated into the Jewish religion by the princes of that nation, the prophets and all the seers protested against this Apostasy; and they were persecuted for so doing. ...
Our reformers taught all the good doctrines which had been taught by these men, and they added two or three more, by which they laid the axe to the root of the Apostasy, and produced general reformation
Jeremiah - Neither the Davidic monarchy (Jeremiah 21:1-22:30 ), nor prophets and priests (Jeremiah 23:9-40 ), nor the cultic institutions of the Temple (1619162875_49 ; Jeremiah 26:1-9 ) could help the people to prevent impending calamities; nor could they detect that inconspicuous Apostasy that mixes up the little aims of personal egoism (Jeremiah 2:29-37 ; Remnant - Historically, an illustration of remnant are the seven thousand in Israel who in times of Apostasy of the Ahab/Jezebel era had not defected from the Lord (1 Kings 19:9-18 )
Agriculture - The poor man's claim was remembered, the self sown produce of the seventh year being his perquisite (Leviticus 25:1-7): hereby the Israelites' faith was tested; national Apostasy produced gradual neglect of this compassionate law, and was punished by retribution in kind (Leviticus 26:34-35); after the captivity it was revived
Prophets, the - The Apostasy and the revelation of the man of sin
Elisha - Elisha went to Carmel, where the priests of Baal had been destroyed, and thence to Samaria, the seat of the Apostasy, and where his testimony was most needed
Solomon - Of all the ingenious works composed by Solomon, we have nothing remaining but his Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Canticles; that is, every literary monument respecting him has perished, except those written under inspiration—the inspired history which registers his Apostasy, and his own inspired works, which, in all the principles they contain, condemn his vices
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The Spirit, through prophets in the Church, perhaps also through the words of written prophecy, foretells that there will be a great Apostasy, led by teachers under demonic influence, who will enjoin abstinence from marriage and certain foods. Timothy must prove himself a reliable workman, and set forth the gospel according to the pattern laid down by Paul, and avoid profane idle talk which leads to Apostasy, and which, like a running sore, will eat into the Church’s life
Solomon - Thus by divine retribution the scourge was being prepared for his Apostasy through his idolatrous mistresses. )...
His Apostasy was the more glaring, contrasted with God's goodness in appearing to him twice, blessing him so much, and warning him so plainly; also with his own former scrupulous regard for the law, so that he would not let his Egyptian queen remain in the neighbourhood of the ark; and especially with his devout prayer at the dedication
Hosea - Religious perversion ends in Apostasy and bondage (Hosea 7:14-16 )
Time - Believers are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity in serving God (Ephesians 5:16 ; Colossians 4:5 ) and to mature in faith "as long as it is called Today" to ward off encroaching Apostasy (Hebrews 3:13 )
Temptation, Trial - Paul is afraid lest the Thessalonians have yielded to the ‘temptation’ to Apostasy (1 Thessalonians 3:5)
Church - (On its Apostasy (See BABYLON
Ecclesiastes, the Book of - Qoheleth addresses "the great congregation" (Psalms 22:25; Psalms 49:2-4), giving his testimony for godliness as the only solid good, as the seal of his repentance under chastisement for Apostasy (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3; 1 Kings 11:23; Psalms 89:30; Psalms 89:33)
Timotheus - Paul, after his usual salutation, assures Timothy of his most affectionate remembrance; he speaks of his own apostleship and of his sufferings; exhorts Timothy to be steadfast in the true faith, to be constant and diligent in the discharge of his ministerial office, to avoid foolish and unlearned questions, and to practise and inculcate the great duties of the Gospel; he describes the Apostasy and general wickedness of the last days, and highly commends the Holy Scriptures; he again solemnly exhorts Timothy to diligence: speaks of his own danger, and of his hope of future reward; and concludes with several private directions, and with salutations
Jeremiah - ...
The idolatrous Apostasy, and other criminal enormities of the people of Judah, and the severe judgments which God was prepared to inflict upon them, but not without a distant prospect of future restoration and deliverance, are the principal subject matters of the prophecies of Jeremiah; excepting only the forty-fifth chapter, which relates personally to Baruch, and the six succeeding chapters, which respect the fortunes of some particular Heathen nations
Pilate - And this population was animated, as no other race was, by a religious fervour capable of passing on occasion into political excesses difficult to cope with, since in the eyes of a large minority submission to foreign rule was religious Apostasy
Hebrews - The object of this epistle, which ranks among the most important of the New Testament books, was to prove to the Jews, from their own Scriptures, the divinity, humanity, atonement, and intercession of Christ, particularly his preeminence over Moses and the angels of God; to demonstrate the superiority of the gospel to the law, and the real object and design of the Mosaic institution; to fortify the minds of the Hebrew converts against Apostasy under persecution, and to engage them to a deportment becoming their Christian profession
Judah - The present barrenness, so far from disproving, confirms Scripture, which, though describing its former fertility, foretells its desolation for its Apostasy
Peter - It was he who proposed that the vacancy caused by the Apostasy of Judas should be filled up
Psalms, Book of - And how can such a sentence be spiritualised? But such appeals are intelligible in regard to a future day, when, Apostasy being universal and opposition to God open and avowed, the destruction of His enemies is the only way of deliverance for His people
Adultery - "...
ADULTERY, in the prophetic scriptures, is often metaphorically taken, and signifies idolatry, and Apostasy from God, by which men basely defile themselves, and wickedly violate their ecclesiastical and covenant relation to God, Hosea 2:2 ; Ezekiel 16
Judas Iscariot (2) - ’ The Apostasy of Judas is traced to the ‘natural gravitation’ of his character. Hammond, who affirms that ‘here it is expressly said that Judas, though by his Apostasy now become the son of perdition, was by God given to Christ
Endurance - ), and accompanied in many cases by decline and Apostasy (Matthew 24:12; Matthew 24:48 ff
Timothy, Epistles to - The Spirit foretells that in the latter times there would be Apostasy, and that people would give their mind to the teaching of demons; practising asceticism and false holiness
no'ah - Of Noah's life during this age of almost universal Apostasy we are told but little
no'ah - Of Noah's life during this age of almost universal Apostasy we are told but little
Jephthah - Meantime, through Jehovah's anger at Israel's Apostasy to Baalim, Ashtaroth, the gods of Ammon, etc, he sold them (compare Romans 7:14, gave them up to the wages that their sin had earned) into the hands of those very people whose gods they chose (Judges 10:7; Judges 10:17-18), the instrument of their sin being made the instrument of their punishment (Proverbs 1:31; Jeremiah 2:19)
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Monarchy and Apostasy . The northern kingdom falls into Apostasy and finally judgment at the hand of Assyria (722 b
Hebrews Epistle to the - The story of those who fell of old in the wilderness is a solemn warning of the fatal consequences of Apostasy. Under the Law of Moses Apostasy involved terrible consequences
Canticles; the Song of Solomon - My love;" for an Apostasy succeeds, as one precedes, the millennium (Revelation 20:4-9)
Levites - Even the Levites fell into Apostasy in the closing reigns of Judah (Ezekiel 44:10-14; Ezekiel 48:11)
Jehoram - Elisha's prophetic writing threatened him with great plagues to his people, children, wives, and goods, and disease of the bowels so that they should fall out, because of his Apostasy and murder of his brethren who were "better than himself" (2 Chronicles 12-15, 18-19)
Chronicles, the Books of - Apostasy of Joash, and murder of Zechariah his reprover, on the death of Jehoiada, Zechariah's father (2 Chronicles 24)
Gospel - Yet the spiritually poor are primarily in viewpeople broken and grieved by misery and poverty, oppression and injustice, suffering and death, national Apostasy and personal sin, who in their extremity cry out to God to bring forth justice, bestow his mercy, and establish his kingdom (Matthew 5:3-10 )
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When Saul approached his end, and could get no answer from God, he resorted to the witch at Endor: just as man, who has rejected Christ these 2,000 years, will at the close of this age, in the Apostasy of Christendom, give himself up to Satan
Children (Sons) of God - That favoured nation as a whole is His ‘son,’ He their ‘Father’: it is because this tie is violated by Israel’s ingratitude and Apostasy that the prophets rebuke and appeal, while here, too, lies the hope of final restoration
Mission - ...
During the time of the judges, God's intervention to deliver Israel after a cycle of Apostasy, punishment, oppression at the hands of her enemies, and a cry for deliverance involved various missions
Abraham - ...
The deluge, the revelation to Noah, and the Babel dispersion had failed to counteract the universal tendency to idolatrous Apostasy, obliterating every trace of primitive piety
Simon Maccabaeus - Luke knew no earlier instance of Apostasy from the Gospel; and he mentions this because it was the first: and...
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Jonah - Amos (Amos 5:27) had foretold that Israel for Apostasy should be carried "captive beyond Damascus," i
Basilius, Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia - Basil at first held out hopes of accepting his old friend's invitation; but he delayed his journey, and Julian's declared Apostasy soon gave him sufficient cause to relinquish it altogether. Basil, in his dauntless reply, upbraids the emperor for Apostasy against God and the church, the nurse and mother of all, and for his folly in demanding so vast a sum from him, the poorest of the poor
Neology - Pusey, the stages of the Apostasy are more carefully marked, and more copiously and deeply investigated. "...
With several happy exceptions, and the raising up of a few pious people in some places, and a partial revival of evangelical doctrines, which, however, often ran at length into mysticism and antinomianism, the evil, both doctrinally and morally, continued to increase to our own day; for if any ask what has been the moral effect of the appalling Apostasy of the teachers of religion, above described, upon the people of Germany, the answer may be given from one of these rationalizing divines themselves, whose statement is not therefore likely to be too highly coloured
Julianus, Flavius Claudius, Emperor - The success of Gallus in this building and the ill-success of Julian was remarked at the time, and was (afterwards, at any rate) considered as an omen of his Apostasy (Greg. —The secret Apostasy of Julian was the result of his residence at Nicomedia, though it was not completed there
Wilderness of the Wanderings - ...
It was a period of Apostasy (compare Ezekiel 20:15 ff; Amos 5:25, etc
Testimony - Israel's legacy of Apostasy verifies the reliability of God's predictions that they would forsake him
Confession - On the other hand, the definite teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews takes a sad tone when the writer thinks of recent acts of Apostasy
Zechariah, Prophecy of - It doubtless points to the Apostasy of the Jews in the last days: its character is Babylonian
Devil - In the final Apostasy his methods are unchanged, and his hostility to everything good in man becomes embittered and Insatiable ( 2 Thessalonians 2:9 f
Jeroboam - Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh had previously met Jeroboam by the way, and drawn him aside into the field, and in Jehovah's name intimated that Jeroboam should have ten tribes, and the house of David one, for the Apostasy of Solomon and the people, vividly symbolizing the fact as already accomplished in God's counsel by tearing His new (answering to the youthful vigour of the kingdom) four grainered garment into twelve pieces, and giving him ten
Dispersion - Acts 18:14-15), and were apparently permitted to inflict punishment for what they looked upon as schism or Apostasy (Acts 26:11, 2 Corinthians 11:24)
Dispersion - Acts 18:14-15), and were apparently permitted to inflict punishment for what they looked upon as schism or Apostasy (Acts 26:11, 2 Corinthians 11:24)
Bible - That such a book should originate among a small and rather perverse people, surrounded by idolatrous nations, and that it should receive additions in successive ages of the same people, harmonizing marvelously with the earliest books, in spite of frequent Apostasy in the nation, can only be accounted for by believing its authorship to be divine
Canaan, History And Religion of - Regardless, the adherence to Jeroboam's shrines was for the biblical writers the mark of Apostasy for Israel's kings
Jerusalem - Nearly a century later, following the Apostasy of Manasseh and the reforms of Josiah, Jehoiakim ascended the throne of David in Jerusalem
Prophet - God as King of the theocracy did not give up His sovereignty when kings were appointed; but as occasion required, through the prophets His legates, superseded, reproved, encouraged, set up, or put down kings (as Elisha in Jehu's case); and in times of Apostasy strengthened in the faith the scattered remnant of believers
Circumcision - Some of them continued to practise that rite, but they were probably believers of the class just mentioned; for had he thought that the rite was continued among them on any principle which affected the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, he would no doubt have been equally prompt and fearless in pointing out that Apostasy from Christ which was implied in it, as when he wrote to the Galatians
Thessalonians Epistles to the - First must come the removal of the restraining power, the great Apostasy, the climax of lawlessness in the person of the man of lawlessness and the time of his temporary success
Kings, the Books of - Elijah "the prophet as fire, whose words burned as a torch" (Sirach 48:1), as champion of Jehovah, defeated Baal's and Asherah's prophets at Carmel; and averted utter Apostasy front northern Israel by banding God's prophets in schools where Jehovah's worship was maintained, and a substitute supplied for the legal temple worship enjoyed by the godly in Judah
Temple of Jerusalem - God had consecrated this house of prayer, but He required covenant obedience of Solomon and each of his successors, lest He have to destroy this magnificent sanctuary because of the Apostasy of His people (1619162875_5 )
Forgiveness - These are difficult passages to interpret, but probably should be understood as denoting Apostasy issuing in sins for which there is no repentance
Serpent - Here the pristine glory and majesty of Satan, before the lineaments of celestial beauty were defaced by his rebellious Apostasy, seem not obscurely to be alluded to; while the craft and malevolence, which mark his character as a fallen angel, are depicted with sufficient accuracy
Evil - Jeremiah 11:10 ; Ezekiel 7:19 ; 14:3,4 , 7 ), trivializing the deity (2 Samuel 3:13-14 ), Apostasy (Jeremiah 13:22 ), breach of the covenant (Jeremiah 5:25 ), or other activities that would in some way demean God's character or name (Genesis 4:13 )
Holy Spirit - He is the author of Scripture (Hebrews 3:7 ; 10:15 ), the one who empowers Christ (9:14) and believers (6:4), sovereignly bestows gifts (2:4), and can be insulted through Apostasy (10:29)
Galatians Epistle to the - The usual thanksgiving for past good progress is displaced by an expression of astonishment at the Galatians’ sudden Apostasy, a denunciation of the false teachers, and a declaration of the eternal truth of St
Jeremiah - He saw that the reformation was but a surface one, and would not ensure the permanent peace which many anticipated from it (Jeremiah 7:4), for while "the temple" was restored the spirit of Apostasy still prevailed, so that even Israel seemed just in comparison with what Judah had become (Jeremiah 3:11), a seeker of the truth was scarcely to be found, and self seeking was the real aim, while "the prophets prophesy falsely, the priests hear rule by their means, and God's people (!) love to have it so" (Jeremiah 5:1; Jeremiah 51:59-64)
Perseverance - They are the reservoirs of the highest moral life and inspiration; they reveal to the persevering soul its exalted moral ideal and the rigorous method of realizing it; the acceptance of which is the probation of faith in steadfastness; its rejection, Apostasy
Jerusalem - "Jerusalem the defensed" (Ezekiel 21:20), yet doomed to be "the city of confusion," a second Babel (confusion), by Apostasy losing the order of truth and holiness, so doomed to the disorder of destruction like Babylon, its prototype in evil (Isaiah 24:10; Jeremiah 4:23)
Amos, Theology of - A notable exception was Hosea, whose denunciation of Israel's spiritual Apostasy complemented Amos's devastating exposé of her tattered social and moral fabric
Fire - -(α) In view of the near approach of the Parousia (Hebrews 10:37), those in danger of the wilful sin of Apostasy from the Christian faith are reminded of the terrible consequences which await those succumbing to the great temptation-‘a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries’ (Hebrews 10:27 Revised Version )
Nestorian Church - Apostasy from Christianity to the established faith meant worldly prosperity, but there was no persecution, though there was often oppression, by the government, until the adoption of Christianity by the Roman emperor (the standing enemy of the shah-in-shah) made every Christian politically suspect
Offence (2) - Jesus warns His disciples of coming persecutions; they as well as He have the cross to bear; and while many will stumble at it,—that is, find it too much for them, a thing which they cannot get over, and must simply decline,—He tells the Twelve beforehand, that being forewarned they may be forearmed against the peril of Apostasy
Priest (2) - The situation there described is one in which the Hebrew Christians were in danger of spiritual degeneration (Hebrews 5:4-59), backsliding and Apostasy (Hebrews 6:9, Hebrews 10:35)
Fire - -(α) In view of the near approach of the Parousia (Hebrews 10:37), those in danger of the wilful sin of Apostasy from the Christian faith are reminded of the terrible consequences which await those succumbing to the great temptation-‘a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries’ (Hebrews 10:27 Revised Version )
Noah - ...
"Unequal yoking" of believers with unbelievers in marriage has in other ages also broken down the separation wall between the church and the world, and brought on Apostasy; as in Solomon's case (compare Nehemiah 13:23-26; 2 Corinthians 6:14)
Wandering Stars - In Judges 1:12-13 the writer uses one metaphor after another to depict the falseness, sensuality, and Apostasy of these men
Judges (1) - ...
Judges 2:6 to Judges 3:6 , which forms the introduction to the main body of the book, is, with the exception of isolated notes such as Judges 2:9 , Judges 3:5 , of very little historical value; when, every time the people are oppressed, the calamity is stated to be due to Apostasy from Jahweh, one cannot help feeling that the statement is altogether out of harmony with the spirit of the book itself; this theory is too characteristic of the ‘Deuteronomic’ spirit to be reckoned as belonging to the period of the Judges
Sin - It may be compared to the sin against the Holy Ghost (Mark 3:29) and also to the sin of Apostasy (Hebrews 6:4-5; Hebrews 10:26)
Man - The Epistle to the Hebrews teaches that the wilful sin of Apostasy after a genuine Christian experience excludes a second repentance; the appended illustration of the fruitless land suggests that those who commit this sin are incapable of repentance (Hebrews 6:4-8; cf
Hellenism - ...
Comparatively few Jews were led by contact with Hellenism to Apostasy, like Philo’s nephew Tiberius Alexander
Hermas Shepherd of - A great tribulation is at hand, with danger of Apostasy by Christians
Jeremiah - The cant of religion was in the mouths of ungodly men; Apostasy had given place, in the popular temper, to hypocrisy
Revelation, the - In the first four seals we have seen forces at work, but controlled; now there is a great earthquake, and the sun, moon, and stars are affected, indicating probably the Apostasy, and the break up of the civil governments ordained of God
Egypt - - Nature worship is the basis of the Egyptian Apostasy from the primitive revelation; it degenerated into the lowest fetishism, the worship of cats, dogs, beetles, etc
John Epistles of - Apostasy was now the only possible condition of reunion
Trinity - The error was propagated from age to age through a long succession of despots, and at length Judaic Apostasy arrived at such a pitch of profane absurdity, as to affirm that very phraseology to be borrowed from man which was the original and peculiar language of the Divinity
Valentinus, Founder of a Gnostic Sect - 38) in the σύνταγμα of Hippolytus, that Valentinus stood once in the communion of the church, but being drawn by overweening pride into Apostasy had, during his residence in Cyprus, propounded his heretical doctrine
Enoch Book of - 7th: general Apostasy; the elect righteous elected to receive seven-fold instruction concerning all creation (= Enoch’s revelations)
Christ in Jewish Literature - He was tried in Lydda (Lûd) as a deceiver and as a teacher of Apostasy (Tos
Marcion, a 2nd Century Heretic - , had been a Marcionite before his Apostasy to Judaism, and Jerome ( de Vir