Apostasy: A Divorce of Truth

2 Thessalonians 2:3 says, “3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
We are truly in the last days as the Bible continues to fulfill itself. In the words of Pastor Rod Parsley, “The last pages of our Bible read like the front pages of your newspaper.” It is becoming more surreal every single day as a spirit of antichrist wars throughout our government, nation and even our churches. Of course, this should not catch us by surprise by any stretch of the imagination. This should be expected because the Apostle Paul prophesied that before Christ came and planted His physical kingdom on the earth, there would be a “great falling away first”. That means that people who use to be of the household of faith will turn their backs to everything that is of the truth and do what is right in their own eyes. They will not hold the Bible as absolute truth or believe that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and redemption. Instead, they will only focus on making themselves better in life with no eternity in view. They may even become atheistic in their views, being convinced that God has died or no longer exists. Either way, we are seeing the great falling away right before our very own eyes!
This phrase comes from a Greek word “apostasia”, which means “a divorce.” A great number of people who have deemed themselves as Christians simply because they only see Jesus as a great moral teacher or a good example of morality have divorced the truth with their false ideologies and philosophies. They have cheated on truth with their own selfish ideas and agendas, which has paved the way for anything other than Jesus Christ to rule over and lead them. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Therefore, Jesus calls Himself “the truth”, and if we deny who Jesus is, then we are denying the very essence of truth, allowing a postmodern worldview to reign in our thoughts. The church is called the bride of Christ, meaning that we are married to the truth.
In most marriages in America, many husbands and wives wear wedding bands, which indicates that they belong to someone else. Spiritually, as the bride of Christ, we have a ring of the Holy Spirit, meaning that we are sealed by the Spirit of truth. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Without the Holy Spirit, who is the presence of God, we are not recognized as the bride of Christ. Once we diminish the true identity of the Holy Spirit or deem Him as unnecessary in our walk with God, we are signing a spiritual bill of divorce, showing Jesus that we do not need Him in our lives any more. That is what many are doing in the church today. They refuse to allow conviction to move in their houses of worship because they are afraid offending people. They are afraid to scare people away when they say, “The Holy Ghost,” because of the possibility of a picture being made up of a Halloween type ghost. It is horrible what the church has become! God is not coming back for a prostituted church or a bride who is ashamed of the ring of the Holy Spirit. He is coming back for a people who is completely sold out in total surrender to Him!