The possibility of the child of God apostatizing from the truth is clearly taught in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 10:12). Webster defines apostasy as: “The desertion of one’s political party, religious faith or cause.” As Christians, we should be deeply concerned with the possibility of apostasy. The New Testament clearly indicates several, what we may call, “Danger Signals of Apostasy” that we need to heed to. These “signals” serve as warning signs indicating pending apostasy. In this article we want to examine these signs so as to be able to recognize them and therefore be warned should they creep into our lives. We should understand that it is not necessary for all of them to be present in order for one to turn from the truth. The fact is one may be in the process of turning from the truth the moment any one of these is seen evident in their life.

LOSS OF APPETITE FOR THE WORD OF GOD – The Bible is to our soul what food is to our physical bodies. It is nourishment necessary for spiritual life (1 Peter 2:2; Matthew 4:4). Many professed Christians have either a weak faith or have lost their faith altogether.  No doubt the reason for this is that the Word of God has been set aside in their lives, being replaced by something else. When Christians lose their appetite for study of the Word they quickly lose their desire to refrain from sin (Psalms 119:11).  Faith comes by the Word of God (Romans 10:17), and if the Word is absent in our lives then so will faith be absent.

 NEGLECT OF PRAYER – Prayer is an important part of the child of God’s life, and to neglect it is to show signs of apostasy. When we spend a minimal amount of time in prayer, we are neglecting an important part of our Christian life. Prayer, like Bible study, takes determination.

And to fail to display this determination is to fail in the area of which we can gain the needed power for our lives (James 5:16). All of us need communication with God through prayer in order to stay strong in spirit. Without it we no doubt will get weak spiritually and are soon to “die”.

ABSENTEEISM FROM THE ASSEMBLIES – Those that composed the early church saw the need to give priority to assembling themselves together for the purpose of      worship (Acts 2:42).  These gatherings served to create in them a sense of brotherhood and to encourage them to do the good works they needed to do (Hebrews 10:24, 25). With this in mind, what could cause us to believe that we can get by without assembling?  Every group that we belong to realizes the necessity to assemble on a regular basis.  Failure to do so may cause us to lose membership in that group.  The same is true for the church.

NONINVOLVEMENT WITH LOCAL CHURCH PROGRAMS – Every congregation needs, wants and pleads for involvement of its membership. Apostasies occur most frequently among those members with “nothing to do”.  And yet, in most cases, these are the same people who do not want to have anything to do in the church. Too often we hear the statement, “I don’t feel needed, or no one ever asks me to do anything.”  Let me ask, “Why wait to be asked?”  (Ecclesiastes 9:10).  If we really want to serve the Lord, we should seek opportunities to do so (Matthew 25:35, 36; Galatians 6:10)? Why not find something to do?  Why not find a need and fill it?

A CRITICAL SPIRIT – Jesus admonished His followers to avoid petty fault finding (Matthew 7:1-3). These words of Jesus are not a prohibition against determining right from wrong by proper judgment (John 7:24). They are simply a warning against needless tearing one another down. Many people quit the church because of what older “more mature” Christians say about them.  We need to be careful to not develop such a spirit that drives others away from the Lord.

 A LACK OF REGARD FOR THE TRUTH – Too many in the church have fallen in the steps of the world to the point of failing to regard the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They say we cannot come to an understanding of the scriptures.  Or, that it is a prideful thing for one to say that they know what the Bible has to say on a given subject (John 8:32).

ABSENCE OF CONCERN FOR OTHERS – The Christian attitude should be one of looking out for the interests of others rather than self (Philippians 2:4). When one overlooks this, he soon will no longer look to God.

Let each of us strive to live in such a way that faithfulness is seen in all that we do.

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