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John's Warning About Apostasy

Apostasy is defined as "the state of having rejected religious beliefs in favor of opposing beliefs or causes." Apostasy is the primary reason that the Christian-professing world is so divided in beliefs and practices. There is only one Truth, God's Truth (see The Road Does Matter), as is plainly stated throughout the Holy Bible. John's second epistle (i.e. letter, see Epistles) to the Church is a stark warning to Christians, then, and now.

"Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought"

John's letter was addressed to the church ("the elect lady" - see Daughter of Zion) in general and specific Christians ("her children") through a local elder.

An Epistle

"The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love." (2 John 1:1-3 KJV)

John warned them to hold to the Truth and to not be misled into apostasy. Some had already fallen away.

"I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist [see The Spirit of Antichrist]. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

"Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen" (2 John 1:4-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who was Simon the Sorcerer? What effect did he have in corrupting the Christians at Rome?
See Simon Magus

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