Your salvation does not depend on the opinions of a majority and neither does the Word of God depend on acceptance by the majority.
Do not get bothered by people who call good as evil and evil as good. These will surely be rewarded for their misdeeds on Judgement Day. So never partake of their stupidity in calling whatever lie they want as truly nice to follow just because they might be a majority. Just because the majority decide to call the sun as a planet does not make it a planet. A majority consensus among people does not turn a crab into a turtle.
Similarly, the Word of God will remain the truth no matter how many people leave the church or even become apostates. Christianity is never a numbers game and it never was and never will be. It’s about being in a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. And the Lord God will never love you less even if all those around you disapprove of you believing in Christ his Son. So leave these vile little tricksters who want to hate the Lord to their own little fantasy world if they refuse to believe in the Gospel. You instead continue to love the Lord God.
The below Psalm speaks about receiving safety by the Lord God. And this can also be applied to your salvation. It doesn’t matter how many people are sinners around you, you are going to heaven only because of your faith in Christ and not their unbelief.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. (Psalm 91:7-10)
Simply focus on the Word of God. Empires and kings have come and fought against the Christian faith, they tried their worst to prevent the worship of the One True Savior of the Word and yet they all went down in life instead. The Word of God has prevailed against the test of time and will continue to do so. All praise and glory to the Lord God.
A few verses for your personal reflection:
- Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. (Psalm 119:89)
- The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.(Isaiah 40:8)
- “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
- For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)
- “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.(Matthew 24:32-35)
I recommend that you put the following verses to memory and also to action so that you glorify God in all that you do:
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower falls,but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:22-25)
God be with you!
The word Apostasy in the dictionary means a total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles, party, cause,etc. In Christianity it means turning away from the Christian faith. Apostasy is high rebellion. Rebellion is considered equal in wickedness to witchcraft. This is confirmed in 1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
This sin of apostasy rarely occurs within a day. It takes time to develop. A person is slowly accustomed to small sins. He still continues to pray to God and even asks forgiveness for his sins. Next day he comes back to his small sins and commits more sins. He again feels guilty and asks for mercy from God. He feels a little more comfortable with his little sins. This turns into a slow and continous cycle of sinning and forgiveness and sinning again. At this point a person is still aware of his behavior and can still turn back to God completely. However his feeling about the true nature gets numbed out slowly in the course of time.
So as time passes he feels the need for sinful forms of entertainment. The raunchy music videos which the church warned about are his secret delight. He still listens to worship music at times. Watching movies full of cuss words becomes normal to him. Vulgar arts that he shied away from as a child seem legit to him. Yet in all this he feels innocent but suprisingly has a need to hide such behavior from christian friends, church and family.
His reading of the word of God gets affected. The purpose of reading the Bible is now reduced to a chore rather than a delight. The Bible is no longer read with the intent to imitate Christ. The number of pages he would read gradually reduce.
He skims over the Gospel instead of searching for Christ in it. This opens the way for deception by way of false teaching as he longer applies wisdom and discretion in matters of doctrine.
He attends prayer services at church. Though the fire for God is in his heart, it doesn’t shine that brightly. Because the aura of darkness is stealthily taking hold of his soul.
Then all of a sudden storms of life strike the individual. Such life storms may mean layoffs, terror attacks, loss of loved ones, extreme illness etc. This man then due to continued lack of faith in God and lack of awareness of the will of God then blames Christ for all that went wrong. He then renounces the Christian faith and plays into the hands of the devil. He turns into an apostate.
Some apostates never have such storms of life. However, they get swayed by false doctrines and philosophies, hedonism, evolution, etc. Some get an offer to make money by compromising on their faith, say a woman is tempted to use her beauty to seduce a client to secure a deal for her company. If she was grounded well in the faith she would have rejected this temptation. However since she was out of sync with Christ she went into the grave sin of seducing a man who is not her husband. She then getting more promotions by her vile company abandons the Christian faith as her church preacher keeps preaching about the wages of sin.
This is not limited to the average Christian. A man of God is a great preacher but has love of fame which no one knows but him and the Lord. God sends him warnings in ways he knows to be true but he just ignores them. Months later there’s speak of an impending schism in the church. He knows it all going wrong and can stop it. But wicked religious leaders in the same church who are master minding this schism promise the man of God a great place of honor if he gives into their agenda. He sides with them and the church breaks into two groups. He still preaches but is now considered an apostate by the innocent group. For he has given up the true faith for worldly gain but pretends to work for the Lord.
When it comes to apostasy don’t be suprised to see anyone in church fall into this sin. Men, women, children, preachers, ordained church ministers are not immune to this. Even devout people who once served the Lord have fallen into apostasy.
The Lord God in his mercy is aware that the punishment for apostasy is very strong. He still let’s the Holy Spirit gently speak to the individual who is in danger of turning apostate.
Jesus waits and knocks at the doors of one heart. If someone chooses to open it then Jesus will come in and dine with him. Happy are those leave the trail of apostasy and walk again with Christ. Amen.