The Rule Regarding Apostasy

8 October, 2017

Bible Text: 1 Timothy 4:1-11 |


Commentator Kent Hughes introduced this section by writing...

Imagine yourself in a room with walls that are papered bright green. You walk to an adjoining room where the walls are green, but the shade is imperceptibly bluer. You enter a third room, bluer than the second. Again the difference is too small to be noticeable. After passing through fifty rooms, each slightly bluer than the last, someone hands you a sample of the wallpaper in the room where you started. You are astonished by how green it is. Suddenly you realize that the room you are now in is not green at all! It is blue.

Something like this often happens when people move away from Christ. Subtle influences gradually edge one away from pure belief to that which is ultimately not belief at all. This has happened to thousands who have succumbed to siren songs of legalism, mysticism, or asceticism. The tragedy is that their departure was so imperceptible that they did not know their belief had changed.[i]

Through the years, a church sees people come and go, but one of the hardest things to handle is to see people you have poured your life into turning their back on the simplicity of the Gospel and its transforming power and become entangled with some other far-fetched idea. This can wane upon a church, especially a young church.

To help keep the fire and passion for the life of Christ burning within the house of God, Paul, guided by the Spirit of God, begins by explaining to us what apostasy is, then shows us what apostasy does, followed by telling us how to deal with apostasy.

[i] Hughes, R. K., & Chapell, B. (2000). 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit (p. 97). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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