Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Apostasy

From Blog12

Apostasy appears slyly at first,
Disguised as tolerance,
Disguised as a broader gospel,
An advance of faith.

It wears a smile
And waits awhile,
Mixing subtle lies
With loads of truth.

Then, once it's grown,
It shows its truer self,
Tolerating everything
But the truth about Jesus.

Apostasy is
A hungry lion in the nursery,
A rattlesnake in the baby's crib.
A poison pill in the bottle of medicine.

If you let it grow,
You'll be left with
A hollow faith, rejecting the real Jesus.
Confident in lies, abandoning Truth.

You'll have religion without redemption,
Spirituality without the Spirit,
Songs without salvation,
Respectability with eternal death.

Wake up!  Repent!
The Lord commands you to obey.
Return to him with fiery zeal.
Kill the lies before they kill you.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
--2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV
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4 comments:

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

In human terms, 'Wow! An awesome poem!' and in God's terms, 'Well written, good and faithful servant!'

Apostasy, yes, a hungry lion (who ate all the baby's food?), a rattlesnake (how babies love to play with rattles!), a poison pill (not death by accidental overdose of a good thing, but deliberate and treacherous substitution of bad for good).

'Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter' (Isaiah 5:20 NIV).

Apostasy, yes, but—thanks be to God—we are confident that when He looks at the Church, He sees only those whom He has drawn there, drawn to Jesus.

dfish said...

Great description of the results of what is so commonly accepted in our day. The church has largely lost it's saltiness as a result of toleration.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice because they do not love.
— Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange

I have the above quote in the sidebar of my main blog. It is by a Roman Catholic theologian, but it still defines for me a characteristic of authentic, faithful Christianity, and contrasts the biblical from the worldly view.

Jim Swindle said...

Romanós, your comments, as so often, are profound.
dfish, thank you, brother, for your persistence in affirming truth and in encouraging me.