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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8706 apostasy, warnings against personal
8706 apostasy, warnings against personal

8706 apostasy, warnings against personal

It is possible for individuals to fall away from faith or turn against Jesus Christ. Scripture identifies this danger and warns against its negative consequences.

Personal apostasy described

Heb 6:4-8 See also Mt 13:20-21 pp Mk 4:16-17 pp Lk 8:13; Mt 24:10-12; Gal 1:6; Gal 5:4; 2Th 2:3; 2Ti 4:3-4; 1Ti 4:1; 1Jn 2:19; 1Jn 5:16

Warnings against personal apostasy

Heb 10:26-31 See also Mt 10:33 pp Mk 8:38 pp Lk 12:9; Jn 15:6; 2Ti 2:12; Heb 3:12; 2Pe 3:17

OT examples of personal apostasy

Dt 13:1-11 an unfruitful prophet or relative King Saul: 1Sa 15:11,28; 1Sa 16:14; 2Sa 7:15
2Ch 26:16-21 King Uzziah; 2Ch 28:19-27 King Ahaz

NT examples of personal apostasy

Mt 26:14-16 pp Mk 14:10-11 pp Lk 22:3-6 Judas; Lk 13:26-27; Jn 6:66; Ac 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira; 1Ti 1:19-20 Hymenaeus and Alexander; Tit 1:16; 2Ti 4:10 Demas; 2Pe 2:1-3,10-15,20-22; Jude 4,8-16; Rev 2:20-22 Jezebel

See also

6218provoking God
6232rejection of God, results
8712denial of Christ
8749false teachers
8766heresies
8839unfaithfulness

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