Warnings Against Apostasy
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For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
"The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
"In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
"Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.
Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them.
"At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve.
"Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets';
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
"If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,
keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.
for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties.
'But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
"I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands " And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the LORD all night.