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HOW TO STAY SAVEDWhat is apostasy?Defection from the faith

What is apostasy?Turning away from God (Jer. 17:5-6; 2 Thess. 2:3)

What is apostasy?Spiritual adultery (Jer. 2:1-3; 5:7)

What is apostasy?A rebellion against God (2 Thess. 2:2-4)

Taught by the E. C. ChurchThe gracious help of God is pledged to all those who continue steadfast in faith; but, on account of mans free will, which no power may coerce, apostasy from God is possible so long as we continue in the flesh. Wherefore, constant watchfulness, prayer, and holy living are necessary on the part of man, lest he fall away from the grace of God, grieve and quench the Holy Spirit, and lose his soul at last.Calvinistic doctrine of Eternal Security Once saved, always saved.Total Depravity Unconditional ElectionLimited Atonement Irresistible GracePerseverance of the SaintsVerses Used in DefenseJohn 10:28-29Romans 8:38-39Ephesians 4:30Jude 24

Examples of apostasy

Old Testament IsraelThe golden calf at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 32:1-30)

Old Testament IsraelAaron and Miriam (Num. 12)

Old Testament IsraelIsrael during the period of Judges

Old Testament IsraelKing Saul (1 Sam 8:5; 13:8ff; Josh.618-7:15; 1 Sam 16:14; Deut. 18:10-11)Old Testament IsraelJeroboam (1 Kings 12:25-33;2 Kings 17:21-23)

New Testament ChurchJudas (Mk. 14:10-11)

New Testament Church

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied himNew Testament ChurchAnanias (Acts 5:1-11)

New Testament ChurchHymanaeus and Alexander (1 Tim. 1:19-20)

New Testament ChurchDemas (2 Tim. 4:10)

WarningsMatt. 24:10- And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.WarningsHeb. 3:12-13Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13]]You must warn each other every day, while it is still today, so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.

WarningsHeb. 2:So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from itWarnings1 Cor. 10:11-12If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.WarningsJude 4Some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that Gods marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.Causes of apostasy:Jesus didnt meet their expectations (John 6:66)Persecution (2 Tim. 4:16-17)Worldliness (Matt. 16:26; 2 Tim. 4:9-11)False Teaching (Col. 1:21-23; 1 Tim 6:3-5; 2 John 9)Causes of apostasy:Never had a genuine conversion (Luke 6:46)Never discipled in the faithLack of faithfulness (Heb. 10:23)Results of apostasy:Loss of personal faithLoss of assurance of salvationLoss of fellowship with Gods peopleLoss of joy and hopeImpossible to be restored to salvation (Heb. 6)How to prevent apostasy:Walk faithfully in the light of Gods Word. (1 Jn.1:7)Love God supremely (Matt. 22:37)Love others (Matt. 22:39)Seek growth as a believer (1 Pet. 2:2)Attend worship/ study/ fellowshipStrive to resist temptation and sin (Rom.6:1-2)Abide in the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 1:9)What to do when you sin:Repent (Acts 8:22)Confess your sin (1 John 1:9)Pray for forgiveness (1 Jn 2:1)You can know you are saved. (1 Jn. 5:13)I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. (Heb. 10:39)