The Facts About Their Headlong Dive Into Apostasy (2022)

YWAM:TheFacts About Their Headlong Dive Into Apostasy
by Sandy Simpson, 12/7/02

I believe it is time forany true biblical church to separate from and discontinue financial supportfor Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

YWAM has been slipping intoapostasy for years. I and many others have tried to help them backto orthodoxy, written letters to their leaders, all without success.It has been made plain to us and others that they have completely boughtinto every aspect of the New Apostolic Reformation and are now very visibleand vocal proponents of the C. Peter Wagner "gospel".

The case against YWAM, inshort, is a follows:

(1) The YWAM leadership includingLorenCunningham and Joy Dawson have both been on the Benny Hinn "This Is YourDay" show in endorsement of his ministry, pledging to work with him.Joy Dawson flew to HI with Hinn for his last crusade, and stood on stagewith Hinnpromisingthat YWAM would work with Hinn to evangelize the youth of the islands.A number of pastors and Christian leaders were at the Hinn crusade andheard her say this, firsthand. Local YWAM leadership in Hawaii will thereforebe responsible to implement Hinn's future crusades here, and YWAM willbe helping him all over the world. Benny Hinn is a falseprophet, a falseteacher, has not been able to prove one miracle he claims by objectivemeans even when given many golden opportunities by both secular and legitimateChristian agencies, raises money off the backs of the poor and then spendsit on luxuries like $3700. per night hotel rooms, claims all kind of "anointings"that have no biblical basis, talksto the dead, etc. Here are only three of Hinn's false propheciesthat he has never repented of:

"The Spirit tells me -Fidel Castro will die - in the 90's. Oooh my! Some will try to kill himand they will not succeed. But there will come a change in his physicalhealth, and he will not stay in power, and Cuba will be visited of God."(BennyHinn, Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989)

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"The Lord also tells meto tell you in the mid 90's, about '94-'95, no later than that, God willdestroy the homosexual community of America. [audience applauds] But Hewill not destroy it - with what many minds have thought Him to be, He willdestroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebeland be destroyed." (BennyHinn, Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989)

"The hour is urgent. Manyof you have known me for many years. But I am telling you right now, thingsI haven't said years 'n years 'n years ago. I believe - here this, hearthis! I believe, that Jesus, God's Son, is about to appear physically,in meetings and to believers around the world, to wake us up! He appearedafter His resurrection and He is about to appear before His second coming!You know a prophetess sent me a word through my wife, right here, and shesaid 'Tell your husband that Jesus is go'n to physically appear in hismeetings.' I am expecting to see, I am telling you that - I feel it's goingto happen. I, I, I'm, I'm careful in how I am saying it now, because Iknow the people in Kenya are listening. I know deep in my soul, somethingsupernatural is going to happen in Nai - in Nairobi Kenya. I feel that.I may very well come back, and you and Jan are coming, to - Paul and Janare coming to Nairobi with me, but Paul, we may very well come back withfootage of Jesus on the platform! You know that the Lord appeared in Romaniarecently, and there's a video of it? Where the Lord appeared in the backof a church and you see him on video walking down the isle? Yeah! Pauldo you remember when I came on TBN years ago and showed you a clip of theLord appearing in our church in Orlando, on the balcony on the wall? Yeah.You, you remember that? [Paul Crouch] Very well, I saw it! [Benny Hinn]That was '80, 80 something, '86, what - whatever. You know I always wonderedwhy the Lord, why did He do that? Do you know why, now I look back? Thatwas the beginning of the greatest move of God in our church. Because '83,'84, and '85 were horrible years for me, horrible years. Eighty-six theblessings of God began, but they began with a - with this manifestationof the Lord's face on, on the balcony, that stayed for eight weeks. Eightsolid weeks! The Lord has done this in the past, but He is about to doit again, now hear this, I am prophesying this! Jesus Christ, the Son ofGod, is about to appear physically in some churches, and some meetings,and to many of His people, for one reason - to tell you He is about toshow up! To Wake Up! Jesus is coming saints! You have held back from theLord in the past, don't you dare do it now. The day will come you'll standbefore Him and give an answer. How dare we not give to God. How dare wehold back." (BennyHinn, TBN Praise-a-thon, April 2nd, 2000)

Benny Hinn is a heretic,and therefore biblical Christians must separate from him and anyone endorsinghis ministry and working with him.

(2) YWAM helped organizethe World Christian Gathering On Indigenous People in HI in October. YWAMpromoted this event on KLHT in Honolulu. The people who wereinterviewed by YWAM in promotion of this gathering promote human traditionand culture, when Apostles like Paul clearly stopped promoting human culturewhen they were born again, instead living for what Jesus Christ calledthem to do.

Philippians 3:7-8But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatnessof knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Yet promoting indigenous cultureis the main focus of this movement, as well as getting people into theNew Apostolic Reformation. They also pray to false gods in the nameof the one true Triune God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, YHWH. RichardTwiss said on 700 Club with Gordon Robertson agreeing that the Great Spiritof the Indians is the same as the Holy Spirit, and promotes praying toIndian gods whose names they have changed to Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.Leon Siu and Daniel Kikawa pray to the bird god "Io" and call him Jehovah.Terry LeBlanc endorses the same practices, and many including Richard Twissare directly linked to the New Apostolic Reformation along with YWAM. Thisis syncretism to the ultimate degree, and is no different than whatthe Catholics did when they came to the islands and changed the names ofdemonic gods into the names of saints. The island people were clearlyanimistic before the gospel arrived in the islands--worshipping rocks,trees, animals and fish--but YWAM endorsed the view of the First Nationsrepresentatives that God had already revealed Himself and His salvationplan and was already available prior to missionaries coming to the islandsand messing up their cultures. YWAM also aired a patently stiltedand erroneousview of island mission history on the program that is stillavailable on the CCH site.

(3) YWAM is now establishingcategories like "MessianicMuslims" (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) who do not have to recognizethat Jesus Christ is God, but can just add him on to their Muslim beliefs,continue to pray in the Mosques, read the Koran, and follow their religioustraditions. I have direct information about this from a MessianicMuslim. They are also using this method with Hindus and other peoples.This is not evangelism, this is anti evangelism--Universalism in anotherguise. This goes against the core doctrine of salvation by gracealone through faith alone in Christ alone.

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(4) YWAM's local Honolulusite is linked to one of the biggest Third Wave sites on the web, which promotes many false teachers from TBN. (UPDATE1/7/03: YWAM Honolulu just took down their whole site andthey say they are moving it to another location. So the InJesus linkis not there at the moment. Perhaps they took it down because theydecided not to be quite so open about their connections to the New ApostolicReformation for the moment, for reasons we can only guess at. We'rehappy they currently have no link to InJesus, but YWAM's links to the ThirdWave are far too obvious for them to hide, if that is what they're up tohere in Honolulu. UPDATE 5/29/03:YWAM Honolulu finally has their new site up and it also no longer sportsa link to InJesus. Again, why did they drop this link after theyread our article? It is clear from what they teach and promote thatthey are in lock step with the agenda of the NAR. Why hide that fact?).

YWAM has been promoting hereticalbooks by Third Wavers like Rick Joyner and Francis Frangepane, publishesbooks by George Otis, Jr. and C. Peter Wagner, and hands out many othersall over the islands, to pastors and church leaders there. They areactively inviting people out of biblical churches to go to Third Wave churchesand events. In Micronesia YWAM shared the responsibility and infamyof causing a split from our mission Evangelical Church in one island whenthe Brownsville AoG people came there. YWAM people are actively proselytizingpeople from our Evangelical churches in another island to go to the Brownsvilletype church there. Many people in YWAM are no longer doing straightevangelism, as some in YWAM have in the past, but are mainly involved thesedays in false spiritual warfare techniques such as binding territorialdemons, blowing shofars on mountain tops, getting the Holy Spirit by impratationand "through the mouth", going up to the hills with salt and water to "reconcilemen with women in the culture", prayer walking, spiritual mapping, andall the rest of the unbiblical occultic methods of their mentors C. PeterWagner, John Dawson and George Otis, Jr. Wagner presented the entireNew Apostolic Reformation scenario to YWAM, and I have notes from one meetingin 1999 in Colorado Springs, CO with University Of The Nations where Wagnerstated that he and other "apostles" are foundational to the Church, andtold YWAM people to use Bill Hamon's book on Apostles & Prophets asreference, which also states the same thing. Here are the quotesthat prove that Wagner is teaching YWAM that modern day apostles are foundationalapostles for the church today:

1990s Thegovernment of the church came into place with the recognition of the officeof apostle. This is an important point. 1.) The body of Christ didnot in general recognize the office of apostle. 2.) Three books on therole of the apostle: a.) David Cannistraci, Apostles and the Emerging ApostolicMovement. Major textbook on the whole movement. b.) Bill Hammond (sp),Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God.
Bill Hamon statesin his book: "Paul tells us that the ministries of apostles and prophetsare foundational to the building of Christ's Church (Ephesians 2:20-22).They are a direct extension of the "Cornerstone," Jesus, to give alignmentand proper structure to God's building, the Church. So any local churchwhich is established without an apostle or prophet ministry will not havea proper foundation for maximum growth." (Prophets in Today'sChurch, Adapted from PROPHETS and PERSONAL PROPHECY, By Dr. Bill Hamon.)
c.) John Eckhardt, Movingin the Apostolic. The most motivational book. Gives base for understandingwhat Peter Wagner is teaching during this session. 3. Now ready for jumpingoff. We are entering a new Apostolic Reformation. What we are seeingis the greatest change in the way we carry out the life of the church sincethe Protestant Reformation. (C. Peter Wagner, YWAM University of theNations Workshop 1999, Keynote Speaker Notes, Outlines of Speakers’ Messages,September 2 -12, 1999, Colorado Springs Sheraton)

"I needed a name ... Fora couple of years I experimented with 'Post denominationalism'. Thename I have settled on for the movement is the New Apostolic Reformation."(C. Peter Wagner, The New Apostolic Churches (Ventura CA; Regal, 1998),p. 18.)

A National Symposium onthe Post-Denominational Church was convened by Dr. C. Peter Wagner at FullerSeminary, May 21-23, 1996. Bill Hamon said that "this was a historicaloccasion in God's annals of Church history. It was prophetically orchestratedby the Holy Spirit to fulfill God's progressive purposes of bringing Hischurch to its ultimate destiny. . . the consensus of the panelists wasthat there are still apostles and prophets in the Church, and thereis an emerging Apostolic Movement that will revolutionize the 21st CenturyChurch. (Streams, Rivers, Floods, Avalanches, cited by Jewel van derMerwe, Dsicernment Ministries Newsletter,

In Wagner's new book,APOSTLES OF THE CITY: HOW TO MOBILIZE THE TERRITORIAL APOSTLES FOR CITYTRANSFORMATION, he attempts to describe what the local role of these apostlesmight be. He defines Apostles to the City as those "whom the HolySpirit gives an anointing for extraordinary authority in spiritual mattersover the other Christian leaders in the same city." While not excludingothers, Wagner hypothesizes that the most extensive pool for identifyingapostles of the city is among the mega churches. (The Apostles Are ComingTo Your City, Ready or Not by Orell Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No.2, March/April 2001)

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When asked what he (Wagner)thought the main stumbling block would be, that would keep leaders fromembracing the Apostolic Reformation, Wagner cites "a commitment to traditionamongst ministers." Wagner states: "I think that some are bound by religiousforms and functions that are ineffective and I think in many cases it isdemonic influence." (The Apostles Are Coming To Your City, Ready or Notby Orell Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No. 2, March/April 2001)

In the brochure that Ireceived, advertising C. Peter Wagner's conference in Brisbane, the followingwas written: "The New Apostolic Reformation is an extraordinary workof the Holy Spirit that is changing the shape of Christianity globally.It is truly a new day! The Church is changing. New names! New methods!New worship expressions! The Lord is establishing the foundations of theChurch for the new millennium. This foundation is built upon apostlesand prophets. Apostles execute and establish God's plan on the earth. Thetime to convene a conference of the different apostolic prophetic streamsacross this nation is now! This conference will cause the Body to understandGod's 'new' order for this coming era. We look forward to having you withus in Brisbane in Feb 2000." It was signed by Peter Wagner and BenGray. (Brochure For Brisbane 2000, as cited in Jumping On The Bandwagon- Australian Christian Churches Seduced by the Beat of a Different Drummer?,Hughie Seaborn, 1999,

C. Peter Wagner states“Ibelieve that the government of the church is finally coming into placeand that is what the Scripture teaches in Eph. 2, that the foundation ofthe church is apostles and prophets. Previous to this decade of the80's and the 90's we practically ignored prophets and apostles and nowwe’re seeing, what I believe is a major reason. We’re going to newlevels in prayer. We’re going to new levels in the spiritual. We’re goingto new levels in healing and miracles. We’re going to new levels in deliveranceof demonic deliverance. And so this is the new era we are going into andI don't know if it is coincidental or what, but its just as we are movinginto the new millennium.” (C. Peter Wagner, CBN interview Jan. 3, 2000)

The fact is that there is onlyone type of "apostle" today, and they are messengers, or church plantingmissionaries. We call them missionaries today because it is easyto confuse the term "apostle" as those in the New Apostolic Reformationhave done. The gift of foundational Apostleship is no longer ourconcern as no one today fits the criteria to be a foundational apostle.The teachings of the foundational Apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20) arewhat the Church is built upon, Christ being the chief Cornerstone and Foundation(1 Cor. 3:10-11). The Apostles were those who saw the Lord whileHe was on earth before he ascended into heaven (1 Cor. 9:1) and the Lorddid true signs, wonders and miracles through them to authenticate theirministries (2 Cor. 12:12). They wrote Scriptures (Matthew, John, Peter,Paul, etc.). They were persecuted and all but one of the foundational Apostles(John) were martyred for the Faith (1 Cor. 4:9 and the Pre Nicene Fatherswritings). Finally, Paul said that he was the last, in sequence, of theoriginal foundational Apostles (1 Cor. 15:7-8). We are to use theWord of God, through Jesus Christ, taught to us by the Apostles and prophets,as the basis for our Christian life (2 Peter 3:2, Jude 17). Thereis no one today who can meet the biblical criteria to be a foundationalApostle. But there are "apostles" in the Church today, "sentout" ones, messengers, mainly church planting missionaries, but they arenot foundational to the Church.

YWAM is clearly one of themost far reaching arms of the New Apostolic Reformation. I have avideo series of Wagner's "National School Of The Prophets" group and Ifound hundreds of heretical statements in those tapes, denying virtuallyevery core doctrine of the Faith. A video to be released soon will showgraphically just how far the New Apostolic Reformation Latter Rain apostasyhas spread in the churches. YWAM is spreading these false doctrines globally,as well as in the Pacific islands.


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Until YWAM returns toorthodoxy, we are bound by Titus 1:13 to admonish them, then reject themif they continue to teach such things.

As to admonishing, I havepersonallycontacted all the leadership of YWAM that I could find email addressesfor in February 2002 regarding the issue of Benny Hinn, including LorenCunningham, Joy Dawson, John Dawson (their new president), Winkey Pratney(though not YWAM is one of their frequent speakers and was on the BennyHinn show a few nights ago), Hinrich Kranzlin, Danny Lehmann and many YWAMministries in many countries. Of the above, only Hinrich Kranzlindirector of YWAM Oceania, an old friend of mine, answered my admonishmentabout Benny Hinn. He indicated that he has only minor problems withHinn, but no real major problems with YWAM working with Hinn, and considersHinn to be a good evangelist. I personally have yet to hear Hinngive a real gospel message including the absolute and utter sinful conditionof man and the Atonement and what it means, in the many years I have beenwatching him. I have viewed many videos and meetings, but even if Hinndid get close enough to the truth of the Gospel some night when I was notwatching his show, he ruins it with the false transferable impartationwhen people come forward, as well as other heresies, false prophesies,false and lying visions and stories, money raising scams, etc. You canscatter the seed and then the birds pick it right back up again (Luke 8:5).

YWAM has been admonishedover and over again, not only by myself but others. I have triedto help them personally in the islands. My family, including myself, didseminars for YWAM many times in the past. We watched them slip intoapostasy and warned them repeatedly about it personally. But thisassociation with Benny Hinn is the final straw. He is a false prophet!

I believe it is time forany biblical church to cut ties with YWAM and encourage anyone involvedwith YWAM to get out and come under the biblical covering and doctrineof biblical organizations. YWAM is not the only youth agency outthere for young people. I would never send my kids to YWAM, and Inow recommend people stay away from YWAM. I have several lettersfrom YWAMers and ex-YWAMers who all state that YWAM is cultic, becauseits leadership does not allow anyone to question what the leaders teachwithout being labeled divisive, snipers, heretic hunters, touching God's"anointed", of another spirit, and even demonic and in need of exorcism.I hesitate to use such a strong word as "cultic" myself in describing YWAM,but frankly if a group is promoting heresy, then they are, by biblicaland dictionary definition, a cult of Christianity.

It is my hope and prayerthat some will flee this apostate organization as they are unwilling and,I believe, no longer able to come back to orthodoxy. We are hereto help debrief people who need to unlearn false doctrines and learn thetruth from the Scriptures. We continue to pray for the leadershipof YWAM that they will repent and return to orthodoxy before it is toolate.

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What happens after apostasy? ›

Certain apostates became worse than they were before they believed and will suffer eternal death even though they had fully known God. Nevertheless, most people, whether apostates or fallen ministers, have an opportunity to repent and be restored (Sim.

What does Paul say about grace? ›

Faith and Grace

Likewise, Paul's statement to the Ephesians “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8) is frequently misunderstood. That salvation is a gift of God—and thus a manifestation of His grace—has already been demonstrated.

What caused the Great Apostasy? ›

One example is the Great Apostasy, which occurred after the Savior established His Church. After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made unauthorized changes in Church organization and priesthood ordinances.

What is the nature of salvation? ›

Salvation means being saved from sin, and Christians believe that salvation is essential to have a relationship with God while on earth, and to have eternal life with God in heaven after death. At the time of Jesus, the Jewish people believed that salvation came from obeying the 613 laws given to Moses in the Torah.

What means apostasy? ›

1 : an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith. 2 : abandonment of a previous loyalty : defection.

Where is apostasy a crime? ›

We found that, in addition to Sudan, apostasy is a capital offense in Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Is God's grace for everyone? ›

Jesus does not discriminate against any body because the grace of God has a coverage wide enough for everyone; and it does not matter how deep and far you may have been in sin: with Jesus, forgiveness is assured.

What is sufficient grace of God? ›

Reflections: God's grace is sufficient

Sufficient, as is “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” That was what God said to Paul after Paul asked Him three times to remove his thorn in the flesh. We don't know what the thorn was, though many have speculated on what it was.

What does God's grace is sufficient mean? ›

#2 “My grace is sufficient for you,”

This grace was first manifested in his salvation of Paul on the road to Damascus. In this case, God is saying that his salvation was all that Paul truly needed, and also that God would give him the grace to weather this “weakness.”

When did the apostasy start? ›

According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the Great Apostasy started not long after the ascension of Jesus and continued until Joseph Smith's First Vision in 1820.

How long did the great apostasy last? ›

For over seventeen hundred years on the eastern hemisphere, and for more than fourteen centuries on the western, there appears to have been silence between the heavens and the earth. Of direct revelation from God to man during this long interval, we have no authentic record.

How do you use apostasy in a sentence? ›

Apostasy in a Sentence 🔉
  1. After Sue underwent her apostasy, she declared herself an atheist and never returned to church.
  2. John's apostasy of his religious beliefs was a great disappointment to his devout parents.

How do I know I am saved? ›

Put simply, our salvation depends solely on the person and work of Jesus Christ. As we continue to trust in him, we will experience the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives to make us more like Jesus. When we see this happening, our assurance that we truly are one of God's children grows.

What are the two types of salvation? ›

  • Original sin – this is inherited from Adam and Eve, the first humans created by God. They broke the perfect relationship between God and humans by disobeying God's command.
  • Personal sin – these are an individual's sins. They are the consequences of a person's actions.

What is the goal of salvation? ›

salvation, in religion, the deliverance of humankind from such fundamentally negative or disabling conditions as suffering, evil, finitude, and death. In some religious beliefs it also entails the restoration or raising up of the natural world to a higher realm or state.

How do you stop apostasy? ›

We can also avoid those mists by humbling ourselves, forgiving others, keeping our covenants, partaking of the sacrament worthily each week, and strengthening our testimonies through prayer, daily scripture study, temple attendance where possible, magnifying our Church callings, and serving our fellowmen.

What does the Bible say about turning your back on God? ›

Ezekiel 33:11

11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

What does the Bible say about those who reject God? ›

The Bible declares that Hell was never intended for man but for the devil and his demons (Matthew 25:41). Those who reject Christ choose to follow Satan, and they will follow him right into his ultimate destiny, in spite of all that God has done to save them from the fiery abyss.

What countries is apostasy punishable by death? ›

Currently, there are six nations that maintain the death penalty for apostasy only: Malaysia, Maldives, Qatar, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Which countries have apostasy law? ›

The 13 countries which maintain the death penalty for blasphemy or apostasy are Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people.

Who is the fastest growing religion in the world? ›

Studies in the 21st century suggest that, in terms of percentage and worldwide spread, Islam is the fastest-growing major religion in the world.

What are the 5 graces of God? ›

The name, “Five Graces”, refers to an Eastern concept — the five graces of sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Each needs to be honored in the full experience of life.

What are the 4 types of grace? ›

John Wesley and the Wesleyan Traditions speak of four types of grace: prevenient, justifying, sanctifying, and glorifying.

Where is God buried? ›

The tomb is at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is the most widely accepted burial site of Christ. People previously thought the tomb had been no more than 1,000 years old.

What is difference between mercy and grace? ›

In the dictionary, grace is defined as courteous goodwill. Meaning, it's not asked for nor deserved, but is freely given. Mercy, on the other hand, is the compassion and kindness shown to someone whom it is in one's power to punish or harm. It is an act meant to relieve someone of their suffering.

What is the spiritual meaning of grace? ›

grace, in Christian theology, the spontaneous, unmerited gift of the divine favour in the salvation of sinners, and the divine influence operating in individuals for their regeneration and sanctification.

Who took God's grace for granted in the Bible? ›

The offence of Moses was that he took God's grace for granted. The soul that sinneth it shall die'; 'My little children, sin not,' Apostle John warned, 'but if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father'. Yes, confess your sins to Him now and leave them.

How do we obtain God's grace? ›

The fact is, we don't earn grace or cooperate with God to receive grace. By its very definition provided in holy Scripture, that would nullify grace. Grace is granted to fallen sinners by His mercy alone, not by foreseen favor or merit in sinful man.

What is the power of grace? ›

Grace is the power that God willingly gives us to help us do what we could never do on our own. When God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you,” He was giving Paul His power to be set free from the thorn that was buffeting him.

How do you thank God for His grace? ›

A prayer of thanks after a blessing might be something like: "Heavenly Father, I am so humbled that you have blessed me with the gift of a child. I thank you with my whole heart. Please protect my unborn baby and give me wisdom to be a good parent. Amen."

Who is the apostate church? ›

Therefore, an apostate is someone who has once believed and then rejects the truth of God. The apostate church of the last days will embrace false doctrines and believe deceiving spirits and hold to a false destructive faith (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Timothy 4:1-4).

What is it called when you leave a religion? ›

Religious disaffiliation is the act of leaving a faith, or a religious group or community. It is in many respects the reverse of religious conversion.

What does apostasy mean in Catholic Church? ›

apostasy, the total rejection of Christianity by a baptized person who, having at one time professed the Christian faith, publicly rejects it. It is distinguished from heresy, which is limited to the rejection of one or more Christian doctrines by one who maintains an overall adherence to Jesus Christ.

Did the great apostasy happen? ›

Mormons believe that a Great Apostasy happened following the death of the apostles, and that biblical truth was perverted on earth and disappeared completely. Mormons believe that God reestablished his truth through the revelation he gave to Joseph Smith in the Americas.

Has the Catholic Church changed the Bible? ›

U.S. Catholic Church Rolls Out New Bible Translation The New American Bible, Revised Edition is the first new Catholic Bible in 40 years. The new version updates many Old Testament passages based on newly translated manuscripts discovered in the past 50 years.

What does it mean falling away? ›

Definition of fall away (Entry 2 of 2) intransitive verb. 1a : to withdraw friendship or support. b : to renounce one's faith. 2a : to diminish gradually in size.

What word means a man who gives up everything for his religion? ›

The term apostasy is used by sociologists to mean the renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to, a person's former religion, in a technical sense, with no pejorative connotation.

What does apostasy mean in Hebrew? ›

Apostasy in Judaism is the rejection of Judaism and possible conversion to another religion by a Jew. The term apostasy is derived from Ancient Greek: ἀποστάτης, meaning "rebellious" (Hebrew: מורד.)

How do you know if you're born again? ›

Tim Keller: How You Know You're Born Again - YouTube

How do you know if you are God's elect? ›

How do I know that I am elect? How do I know my faith is genuine?

How do I get saved according to the Bible? ›

We receive salvation in Christ through repentance and faith. This means turning away from sinful ways (repentance) and turning to God (faith), trusting in Christ. Jesus will forgive your sins and set you on a path to life with Him. We cannot earn this right, it is His free gift.

What are the benefits of being saved? ›

This inner peace may improve people's confidence; give them an ability to persevere in a difficult task or circumstance; or enable them to shed damaging behaviors such as substance abuse. Second, one develops a new relationship with God. Since God is “saving” an individual, prayer to God takes on a new meaning.

How does Jesus death save us? ›

Most living sacrifices were to be perfect animals without blemish. In the New Testament, Jesus, God's Son, came to earth to reunite us with God through the ultimate sacrifice: his own life. We could never a life worthy of God on our own. So Jesus lived a life without sin on our behalf.

What are the two ways salvation can be achieved? ›

For some, the most important way to achieve salvation is through doing good works, such as giving to charity. However, other Christians focus on worship and faith. Some Christians believe that as well as having faith, people achieve salvation by following God's law, which is found in the Bible.

What is God's plan for us? ›

Throughout scripture God's desire is the redemption of all mankind. It is for the people of God to have fellowship and eternal life with Him. God's plan for you is the same; it is to prosper and grow spiritually in Christ. His plan to give you a hope and future has never changed.

What is God's plan for the world? ›

God's ultimate purpose in redemptive history is to create a people, from every tribe and nation, to dwell in his presence, glorifying him through their lives and enjoying him forever. himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

When did God's plan of salvation begin? ›

The plan of salvation is a Christian concept regarding God's plan to save humanity from sin and its consequences. It occurs first in the New Testament, for example in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark, although some scholars consider the idea fully developed first in the Gospel of Luke.

What is the punishment for leaving Islam? ›

Sharia law makes the death penalty obligatory for those who voluntarily and willfully leave their religion, although capital punishment seems to have been applied only in rare cases throughout history.

Does apostasy break wudu? ›

[Ibn Juzayy states that apostasy also breaks wudu'.]]

What are the consequences of salvation? ›

In Christianity, salvation (also called deliverance or redemption) is the "saving [of] human beings from sin and its consequences, which include death and separation from God" by Christ's death and resurrection, and the justification following this salvation.

Is apostasy the same as backsliding? ›

Backsliding, also known as falling away or described as "committing apostasy", is a term used within Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person turns from God to pursue their own desire.

How many people are leaving Islam? ›

Citing a 2017 Pew Research survey, The Wall Street Journals Daniel Pipes stated that roughly a hundred thousand people in the United States may be leaving Islam annually, and even if new ones join Islam in similar numbers, still it is those who leave Islam who would ultimately influence the Islamic faith more than any ...

What is it called when you leave a religion? ›

Religious disaffiliation is the act of leaving a faith, or a religious group or community. It is in many respects the reverse of religious conversion.

Can a believer lose his salvation? ›

Any believer, who renounces their faith in Christ and subscribes to a belief system that is diametrically opposed to it, can lose their salvation and become an unbeliever.

How do I know I am saved? ›

Put simply, our salvation depends solely on the person and work of Jesus Christ. As we continue to trust in him, we will experience the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives to make us more like Jesus. When we see this happening, our assurance that we truly are one of God's children grows.

How can a person be saved according to the Bible? ›

1:17). Thus, in reality the answer to the question of who then can be saved is, all those that obey the first principles of the gospel of Christ, thus making children of God out of them and then continue following the instructions found in the gospel of Christ as Christians.

What happens when you turn away from God? ›

SCRIPTURE. The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.

What is the great apostasy in the Bible? ›

The Great Apostasy is a concept within Christianity, identifiable at least from the time of the Reformation, to describe a perception that the early apostolic Church has fallen away from the original faith founded by Jesus and promulgated through his twelve Apostles.

What does apostasy mean in Hebrew? ›

Apostasy in Judaism is the rejection of Judaism and possible conversion to another religion by a Jew. The term apostasy is derived from Ancient Greek: ἀποστάτης, meaning "rebellious" (Hebrew: מורד.)


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