Satan's Soft Apostasy of Laodicea - By Joe Southerland - http://raptureready.com/soap2/southerland18.html
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16).
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:5).
Look around you, watchers! These are the last days and the perilous times. Notice what is unfolding as this nation and mankind at large reject the Bible and thus, lose spiritual footing slipping away from the providential path of our Lord God into the dark abyss of Apollyon.
We now witness what was foretold in the book of Revelation while we live amidst the wretched, miserable, poor and blind Laodicean church just "as in the days of Noah." We now know what Paul warned us of as the modern churches display a form of godliness, yet deny the power of the Triune God.
Modern churches are filled with an ever-increasing number of seducers and false prophets who twist or ignore God's Word and deceive themselves, as well as their biblically illiterate, un-discerning flocks.
They sacrifice the Holy Bible upon their altars of fleshiness, weaving their perversions and pleasures with Scripture to create a god of their own making...a god foreign to the Bible. A god that harkens back to the apostasy that compelled the Lord God to destroy Israel, purge the land and scatter the remnant. Rest assured God is not pleased as He sits on His throne and the people conspire against Him to break their perceived chains.
The Laodicean Wolves
We can now watch the ravenous wolves masquerading amidst the fold as they wittingly or unwittingly join the rebellious forces of our adversary-Satan. These wolves parade around as self-anointed apostles and prophets of Christ but instead they seduce and devour scripturally unanchored souls, or seek to drive wedges between unwary believers and their Savior.
While some wolves are easily discerned by their deeds, the most deadly wolves are subtle like their father, who Jesus called the "father of lies." Their deeds at times may appear good, but if watched closely they are deceptively peddling a smiling, pleasant, sweet sounding deceptive message. Yet under the surface is a subtly evil, deadly, antichristian deception...a SOFT APOSTASY, if you will.
However, the ultimate outcome of their deceit is not "SOFT" at all. In the end, the result is the same as their readily identified openly apostate brethren...a spiritual death spiral for those they deceive. Soft apostasy kills bringing joy to the evil, relentless hunger of Satan.
In Your Face Apostasy
As stated soft apostasy is not as readily discernible as for example the Word of Faith/Prosperity heresy hucksters we see on TBN today. The penny pilfering performances of these charlatans and their mammon magnifying mantra would be comical if not for the fact these deceivers are tragically misleading their spiritually tone-deaf followers into apostasy.
Their bad fruit is blatantly obvious to a Spirit-filled biblically aware Christian; their material wealth centered lifestyles, holy laughter chortling, seed of faith sowing thievery, slain by the spirit en masse folly, and speaking in un-translated "tongues" episodes...are not of God, but of the devil (1 Timothy 6:10). A few minutes of viewing their carnal carnival sideshow reveals how these antichrist profligates have their feet firmly planted in the kingdom of this world.
Soft Apostasy - a Gentle Seduction unto Death
Soft apostasy can be much harder to discern, thus making it the deadliest deception a non-biblically centered person can face. Soft apostasy's subtle seductions over the decades have infiltrated the churches and are now being openly promoted by numerous false shepherds in both independent mega-churches as well as entire mainline denominations.
This cancer of apostasy began slowly creeping into our churches from within, but has now metastasized. Watch and see as these "churches" develop a common core of manmade lukewarm beliefs that their deceived practitioners will carry forward into the ecumenical, interfaith great whore of Babylon religion of Revelation's eighteenth chapter.
Like Satan's first deception in the Garden of Eden, soft apostasy wraps some of God's truth around its spiritually poisonous lie. As did the forbidden fruit, soft apostasy appears wonderful on its surface, but beneath that appealing surface resides the vilest most rotten festering pustules of Satan's evil-ready to burst forth unto death.
At its foundation Satan uses his tried and proven tactic of appealing to the pride in Man's sin nature which bypasses God's biblical guidance for man and instead focuses each person into using their inner feelings to do that which is right in their own eyes.
An "Ever Evolving" god (small case intentional)
The Christian message of "God loves you and accepts those who repent just as they are" is twisted by soft apostasy's pseudo-Christian message to "God loves you and wants you to remain just the way you are." This altered message of God's Word, fully accepting an unrepentant state of sin perfectly appeals to this age of humanistic, non-judgmental, political correctness.
Any biblical Scripture that stands in the way of "remaining just as you are" is either dismissed or reinterpreted, because "a loving god" MUST evolve with our evolving modern societal norms. In today's world an unforgivable sin is bigotry, so surely god is not a bigot. They say a loving god would never offend anyone. So a progressive modern person need not heed Paul's statement that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
Pay attention and see how society is saying that "Christians" should be able to worship God...oh that is, as long as God allows "everyone to remain just as they are."
"No judging now!" Oh, and that especially goes for their god, who is not allowed to judge either. Soft apostate churches need not heed Paul's teaching that, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:10).
We watch as the modern churches say to the worldly itching ears that there are many paths which all lead to the same god of all mankind. No longer do those of soft apostasy churches have the ears to hear Jesus' Word that, "...no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
We see vapid, shallow teaching continuing to flow forth from the reprobate churches where there no longer exists the finite and divine truth, as each man or woman instead defines their own personal truth.
The soft churches where everybody gets a big hug and a trophy at the end of their lives are much like junior youth soccer teams-a place of sunshine and lollipops. No unhappiness. No judgment. No sin. No repentance. No evil. No Satan. It is the church of slow, subtle, soft apostasy which provides a wide gate and broad road that leads to destruction.
Satan's Giant Steel Trap
Soft apostasy is the giant steel trap of the Laodicean church age constructed by Satan upon the liberal misinterpretation of the Bible in order to destroy truth and create the doctrinal void which plunges the clueless of mankind into eternal damnation.
Today we watch as the modern church which Paul described is here, having "a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." Look and you shall see the offerings of the soft apostasy churches, which:
Acknowledge there is a god, but then denying the Lord God's power as the sovereign Lord and Creator of the universe and all its creatures.
Evoke the name of Jesus, but then deny His power to judge the unrepentant sinners.
Claim Jesus' name, but then denying Christ's claim he is the sole power which can save mankind from eternal separation and suffering in torment.
Conduct a spiritual worship experience, but then denying the Holy Spirit's power to convict them of sin and transform their souls.
Declare to be Christians, but then deny God's authoritative power of the Scriptures over their lifestyles.
Declare the Bible is not the Word of God written through the Holy Spirit, but a book written by men who wrote the truth to the best of their knowledge.
Welcome to the Laodicean church with its milquetoast ecumenical, interfaith dogma which supersedes the true core doctrinal truths of the Word of the Lord God.
Welcome to the soft apostasy that kills onto the second death!
God Bless! Maranatha!
P.S. The remedy to the soft apostasy of this age is worshipping the Triune God in Spirit and in Truth (the Word of God). Unless there is a solid understand of biblical truth the worship of many may indeed be in vain. So get into the Word so the Word can get into you!
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).
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