Against Endurance, Patience, Perseverance…

This is a subsidiary post of Endurance/Patience/Perseverance…
It is also a subsidiary post of Apostasy.

Related post:  Not All Believers Continue Believing

God teaches us to endure, to be patient, to persevere.  The purpose of this post is to clarify this charge further by contrasting it with the alternative.

Notice that turning away from the Lord is seldom if ever dramatic and willful.  Rather we are subtly and gradually pulled in different directions.  Forewarned is forearmed!

Matthew 24:10  –  “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.”

Matthew 24:12  –  “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”  –  Note that the love “grows” cold; it does not instantaneously turn cold.

Matthew 26:31 (same as Mark 14:27 below)  –  “You will all fall away because of Me this night”

Mark 14:27 (same as Matthew 26:31 above)  –  ““You will all fall away

Luke 8:13  –  “they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.”

John 6:66  –  “many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.”

Acts 21:21  –  “teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their chilren nor to walk according to the customs.”  –  According to the Strong’s Concordance in the Lockman.org website, the underlying Greek word for “forsake” here is the same word translated as “apostasy” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 below.  These are the only two occurrences of this Greek word (Strong’s 646) in the NASB New Testament.

2 Corinthians 11:3  –  “But I am afraid that…your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ”

Galatians 5:4  –  “you have fallen from grace.”

2 Thessalonians 2:3  –  “for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first”  –  See the note about “forsake” and “apostasy” on Acts 21:21 above.

1 Timothy 6:10  –  “wandered away from the faith”

2 Timothy 4:3, 4  –  “will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

2 Timothy 4:9, 10  –  “Make every effort to come to me soon; for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.”

Hebrews 2:1  –  “we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.”

Hebrews 3:12  –  “an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.”

Hebrews 12:3  –  “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  –  Note that in the verse “grow weary” is the alternative to “enduring.”  Note also, in line with a theme of this post that we gradually become weary – it doesn’t happen all at once or instantly.

Hebrews 13:9  –  “Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings”

James 1:14  –  “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.”

James 5:19, 20  –  “if any among you strays from the truth”

1 Peter 2:25 (alluding to Isaiah 53:6 below)  –  “you were continually straying like sheep”

2 Peter 3:17, 18  –  “so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness.”

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Psalm 101:3  –  “I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.”

Isaiah 1:28  –  “those who forsake the Lord will come to an end”

Isaiah 53:6  –  “All of us like sheep have gone astray

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