Apostasy

Secularization and the Problem of Passing Faith on to the Next Generation

"Cameron Hilditch, a writer at National Review, reports on a study that gives an interesting take on the cause behind the declines, 'Secularization Caused by Government Control of Education.' The article is behind the NR paywall, so I will offer a few highlights." - Don Johnson

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A Cold Take on Deconversion (from Josh Harris’s Brother)

"I think this excerpt is perhaps the most helpful. It's from an interview between Sarah Zylstra and Alex Harris, younger brother of Joshua (well known for kissing dating, and then Christianity, goodbye), and if you've been wrestling with the subject yourself, these few paragraphs in particular are worth your time." - Think Theology

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The rise in apostasy: Who is to be blamed?

"A critical look at what could be responsible for believers’ inability to withstand calamities of life is traceable to “bread and butter messages” in churches today. Sound doctrines are rarely preached and many Christians have been weakened by rosy messages that only make Christians focus on how to find solutions to the challenges of life through God. When expectations are not met, frustration sets in." - C.Post

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They Profess to Know God: Do They Know Him? (Part 3)

Reposted from Rooted Thinking.

This is the last of three articles exploring these truths:

  • Those who endure to the end are true believers (first article)
  • Church discipline reveals true saving faith (second article)
  • Levels of growth vary between believers.
  • Life “baggage” and hindrances can make change difficult.

The goal in pondering these four truths is to better understand what our responsibilities are and are not when striving to make disciples for Jesus. All of us try to discern genuine saving faith among those that profess Jesus Christ in our ministries. We see people fall away. We see some profess Christ but grow only minimally over years of faith. Are they real? How do we process people falling away and some growing so little? What responsibilities do we have in “making sure” that people are real? There are key truths in Scripture to guide us into a right understanding of this important matter.

Let’s consider the last two truths: Levels of growth vary between believers and life “baggage” and other hindrances can make change difficult.

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Former Desiring God writer Paul Maxwell announces he's no longer Christian

"Maxwell, who has his Ph.D. in theology and has written on the topics of theology, trauma, and fitness, later followed up with a message to those who told him he’s going to Hell and are 'not really happy' as a result of his rejection of Christianity." - C.Post

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