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The Falling Away

God warned the Church in the days of Paul that before the Lord Jesus Christ should come, there would be a falling away first. However, this not a new pattern, for we have all fallen short of the glory of God, especially those who call themselves after His name.  Nevertheless, God does not wish for us to remain in such a state, and so He has continually called on the children of men to hearken unto His voice and to believe in His Only Begotten Son so that in so doing, they might become one people in Him.  Thus the Lord has revealed Himself throughout time, for He has called unto Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the Apostles, the Church, and so many more, so that we might know Him and know that He is the only True and Living God whom we should worship.

When men have answered the call, the people have become one through the Lord Jesus and by the power of the Holy Ghost. [Acts 2:41-47 and Acts 4:31-35].  In these times, both the Church and the Kingdom have had physical place on the earth. And yet, as frequently as the Lord has reached out to His creation, “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” [Isaiah 53:6]. Thus when we forget our first love and turn our heart far from the Lord, neither the Church nor the Kingdom can have place because we have made no place for the Lord in us. [Hosea 4:6 and 2 Chronicles 15:2]. 

However, we must not forget the mercies of the Lord, for though His creation has forgotten Him, He has not forgotten His creation.  Thus, as the Lord promised that the Church would fall away, we have assurance that He has restored it again. For the promise was that those everlasting covenants which had been altered [Isaiah 24:5-6] would be restored to the earth again. [Revelation 14:6-7].

Scriptures to Consider

Hosea 4:6 (KJV)

4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

2 Chronicles 15:2 (KJV)

15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you.

Isaiah 24:5-6 (KJV)

24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Genesis 9:16-17 (KJV)

9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 9:17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Revelation 14:6-7 (KJV)

14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Principles to Consider

Old Testament

The Lord promised that He would scatter His people if they would forsake Him and their covenants.

New Testament

As the people of old have fallen away from God and have turned from following His truth, so too did the Church which Jesus Christ established

Reformation

As the Gospel became darkened by the precepts of men, there were many individuals who began to desire a reformation.

Restoration

While each reformer discovered a portion of the truth, they did not have the full light of the Gospel. The Church was not in need of a reformation, but a restoration

The Great Plan of Redemption

Twelve principles found within the Gospel of Jesus Christ outline the plan of our redemption and salvation. Beginning with the creation and ending with eternal life