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Walking Away From The Way
The result of someone rejecting their established religious beliefs in favor of opposing beliefs is sometimes described as apostasy, a word which means walking away from. Ironically, the word apostle is somewhat related in its root form, although apostle means someone who is sent. The meanings are quite different. Apostasy is walking away from the Way, by means of walking in a way from the way (see I Did It My Way).
Jesus Christ warned His apostles of apostasy:
"8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection." (Luke 8:11-14 KJV)
"A deceiver and an antichrist"
The apostle John was the only one of the twelve apostles to live to old age (see the Fact Finder question below). By the end of his long life, John witnessed, more than any of them, the apostasy that happened to much of the early church - that produced the Church of Rome, and her many "protestant" daughters thereafter.
"1:1 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; 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
Fact Finder: What were the circumstances that caused John to be the only apostle of the twelve to survive to old age?