Apostasy, from Scofield Reference Notes (1917)

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Apostasy, “falling away,” is the act of professed Christians who deliberately reject revealed truth

(1) as to the deity of Jesus Christ, and

(2) redemption through His atoning and redeeming sacrifice 1 John 4:1-3; Philippians 3:18; 2 Peter 2:1. Apostasy differs from error concerning truth, which may be the result of ignorance Acts 19:1-6 or heresy, which may be due to the sphere of Satan 2 Timothy 2:25,26 both of which may consist with true faith. The apostate is perfectly described in 2 Timothy 4:3,4. Apostates depart from the faith, but not from the outward profession of Christianity 2 Timothy 3:5. Apostate teachers are described in ; 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Peter 2:1-19; Jude 1:4,8,11-13,16.

Apostasy in the church, as in Israel Isaiah 1:5,6; 5:5-7 is irremediable, and awaits judgment ; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; 2 Peter 2:17,21; Jude 1:11-15; Revelation 3:14-16.


2 Timothy 3:1

This know also, that in the last days, shall come.

1 John 4:1-3

1 Beloved, not every spirit, but whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that , whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Philippians 3:18

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the :

2 Timothy 2:25-26

25 In instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them to the acknowledging of the truth;

26 And that they may recover themselves out of the , who are taken captive by him at his will

2 Timothy 4:3-5

3 For the time will come when they will not endure ; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the , and shall be turned unto .

5 But watch thou in all things, afflictions, the work of an evangelist, full proof of thy ministry.

2 Peter 2:1-19

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in , even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves .

2 And many shall follow their ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 And through shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their slumbereth not.

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into , to be reserved unto judgment;

5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a , bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his soul from day to day with their deeds;)

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the to be punished:

10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the , and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

11 Whereas angels, which are greater in , bring not railing accusation against themc before the Lord.

12 But these, as , made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

13 And shall receive the , as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

14 Having , and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

16 But was for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

17 These are , clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is for ever.

18 For when they speak , they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were cleane escaped from them who live in error.

19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the : for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Isaiah 5:5-7

5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up : I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

7 For the of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

10 And with all deceivableness of in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them , that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had in unrighteousness.

Revelation 3:14-16

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the , the beginning of the creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither : I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art , and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.


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