“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” (II Thess. 2:3)
Christian radio commentator Chuck Baldwin comments on what I believe is the spirit of this age. One that has been explicity prophesied in scripture. In case you hadn’t heard or read, the church is sliding into apostasy. If you have been prompted by the Holy Spirit to look into this, you will see very quickly that we are being set up. Sadly, the eyes of the church universal are fixated not on the things of God, but on satisfying the desires of the flesh. It has completely discarded the divine priority of Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the other things shall be added unto you.
I want to also note that apostasy cannot be committed by sinners or “the world” or even other non-Christian religious bodies. Baldwin explains why.
…regardless of one’s interpretation of who the “man of sin”
is, there is no doubt about Paul’s prediction that before this man comes, there will be a great “falling away first.” By “a falling away,” Paul was clearly referring to a state or condition of “apostasy.” Paul is saying that before the “man of sin” (whoever he is) will be able to seduce and deceive humanity, the church will fall into apostasy.
By definition, apostasy is the condition of those who once (in some degree) embraced the truth, but have now abandoned or forsaken it. Obviously, this applies only to professing Christians. Infidels, agnostics, and unbelievers have no profession from which to apostatize.
Accordingly, whether on a local or universal scale, before various men of sin can seduce and deceive their respective societies, the Church must first be in a state of apostasy. Saying it another way: churches that are sound in the faith, strong in truth, and steadfast in the Word serve as a resistance and retardant to evil men. No wonder the Lord Jesus said we Christians are “the salt of the earth.”
That said, I am personally convinced that, by and large, the churches of America (regardless of denomination) are in a state of apostasy. And as such, offer little or no resistance to the men of sin who seek to seduce and deceive our people.
Its our belief that the gay christian movement is a result not the church’s rejection of homosexuality, but rather the church’s rejection of God’s truth. The apostate church can’t help but be a hypocritical church: one that calls homosexuality an abomination, but excuses its own sins.