Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Apostasy Predicted in the Bible

A lot has been written on the subject of the apostasy. Yet I would like to look at it from a Biblical point.

The apostle Paul notes the changing of doctrine that had been occurring in Galatia:

"I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you to the grace of Christ, to another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." Galatians 1:6-7

Paul further mentions the divisions that were already occurring in the break-up of the church in Corinth at that time:

"Now I implore you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been told to me regarding you, my brothers, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you says, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?" 1 Corinthians 1:10-13

Paul states later to them:

"Now in this that I'm declaring to you I don't praise you, you are coming together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it." 1 Corinthians 11:17-18

When writing to Titus Paul said in regard those in the church:

"For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision." Titus 1:10

Peter stated:

"... Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has written to you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Peter 3:15-16

The apostle Paul presented that the members of the church at his time shouldn't regard that Christ had come yet. He points out that a falling away of the church had to come first:

"We are requesting of you, brothers, regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and us gathering together to him, That you don't soon be shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is here. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come an apostasy [Greek - apostastasia] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who will oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he sets himself up in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be a God. ... And now you know what is being presently held back, that when his time comes he might be revealed. For the mystery of iniquity is already working: only he who now holds back [God] will hold back, until he [God] is removed from it [altogether]. And then shall that Wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders." 2 Thessalonians 2:1-9

Here Paul has presented that no one should regard that Christ will be coming until the church falls away and the true God is removed from it. Also that God is holding it back from happening at that point. He states that in charge of the apostate church one will arise claiming to be a God on earth. This latter prophesy could have been regarded as having being fulfilled not long after this time by Roman emperors or by the Pope.

Pope Pius V said, "The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth." quoted in Barclay, Cities Petrus Bertanous Chapter XXVII: 218.

Vatican Document:
"He [the Pope] can pronounce sentences and judgments in contradiction to the rights of nations, to the law of God and man...he can free himself from the commands of the apostles, he being their superior, and from the rules of the Old Testament...The Pope has power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even to the precepts of Christ." Decretal de Translat. Episcop. Cap.

Furthermore Paul is presenting that this "wicked one" will still be here when Christ comes again for Christ to "destroy [him] with the brightness of his coming". So this rules out Roman emperors, only leaving the Pope.

When writing to Timothy, Paul again mentions the fact that the church will lose its truth:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables." 2 Timothy 4:3-4

This had to be speaking of the church as a whole, as people are always creating false teachers.

So a complete moving away from the truth has been in the beginning of its action at the time just after Christ; and has eventually occurred fully. Some truths remained through the publication of the Bible. But a lot of this was distorted by the ideas men had come to accept as truth. This is why it was necessary for the truth to be restored to mankind once again by revelation from God himself. God has set up his Church upon the earth again. It was set up by revelation, as in New Testament and Old Testament times. This means that people can be assured that the true ordinances of God are being performed in the right way, and a source of the whole truth is available to all. This is the purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Anonymous said...

This is a well presented argument but what do you think of what Jesus said?

"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." Matt 16:18

You are saying that it was overcome.

Doug Towers said...


In the chapter you are quoting Jesus has been having a conversation with his disciples. In it Jesus asks who the disciples think he is? Peter states that he is the Son of the physically alive God. Jesus then informs Peter that this was revealed to him by revelation from the Father, not by people.

Jesus then goes on to state that as Peter means a stone, so the church is built on this rock that he has been speaking of - revelation. And with such revelation the gates of Hades didn't prevail against it.

Unfortunately such revelation came to a halt as people turned from God (as the quotes I gave demonstrated), and the apostles were killed off, so there was no rock (revelation): No one was listening.

Thus the turning away of the church from the truth that was predicted (in the quotes I gave) occurred.

Yet had they remained with the rock of revelation the gates of Hades wouldn't have prevailed; as Jesus declared.

Promises from God almost always require effort on our part to be fulfilled.

yeti said...

your blog has a new look!
I didn't read this post. I may when I find time.

Doug Towers said...


I went to a seminar on electronic business presentation. It made me realise that my page wasn't presenting what it was about in appearance. I may be making some further small alterations also.

Mission said...

Mind me asking if you were a Mormon missionary?

Doug Towers said...



Anonymous said...

Did you serve a 2 year LDS mission and were ordained a offiical missionary before you were married? You answered mission- yes. Does that mean you are a commonly recognized return missionary or some other mission of your own? Where did you serve your two year mission if so?

Doug Towers said...


I served a two year mission before marriage. I received my mission call from the then church president. And two years later I was honorably released.

As I don't wish to be judged by my age I will refrain from answering the latter question.

What is the purpose of the questions?

Bees said...

Why not tell your age? What are you afraid of? Afraid of the judgements of men? Why should a Prophet fear the judgements of men? I think expressing your age will only help.

Doug Towers said...


If you think like that in reality then good on you.

The problems of age is that if you are young then older people think you don't know what you are talking about because of inexperience. And if you are old younger people think you are out of the ark and don't know what's going on in the modern age. If you are somewhere between then you have neither enough experience nor enough knowledge of the new world.

Believe me, it is wiser to be judged on your words than other things that shouldn't be used as a criteria for judgement, but, unfortunately, are.

I think that really these things are used as excuses where someone doesn't want to accept what you are saying. But I prefer to remove the excuse.

yeti said...

perhaps if we knew you were elderly, we would respect the life you have gone through, and if you are younger you could give glory to God who has given you wisdom, and if you were somewhere in the middle, then both.

(sorry for budding in to the conversation...)

Doug Towers said...


Your input is welcome.

That is the positive side you are presenting. Yet my experiences have demonstrated people exhibiting the opposite, in most cases.

Doug Towers said...

Actually I can give you one bit of information that does need to be thought about carefully. The statement is talking of physical life _

18 years ago I came to life.

Bees said...

Ha, lost me on the 18 years ago came to physical life. Oh well, it is shame because I am curious to know your age. I will assume that you are older though from various things you have mentioned on your blog.

Doug Towers said...


18 years ago I died. Twice on the same day, in fact. So in a sense I'm only 18 years old.

Yet I have mentioned having 7 children grow up. So that would have to make me beyond 18.