What is Apostasy?

Apostasy is the act of abandoning or renouncing one’s religious faith. It is the rejection or abandonment of a previous belief or doctrine that one previously adhered to.

The concept of apostasy is found in various religions and belief systems around the world. In some religions, apostasy is considered a grave sin and may even be punishable by death. In others, it is seen as a personal choice and is not punished or ostracized.

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In many religions, apostasy is seen as a betrayal of the faith and a rejection of the community that one belongs to. This can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and isolation among those who choose to leave their faith.

There are various reasons why someone may choose to abandon their religious faith. Some may do so due to a change in their personal beliefs or values, while others may do so due to disillusionment with their religion or a lack of connection to their faith community. Some may also leave their faith due to persecution or discrimination, as is often the case with minority religions.

Apostasy is a complex and often difficult decision, and it is not one that should be taken lightly. Those who choose to leave their faith may face significant challenges and may need support and understanding from friends and loved ones. It is important to respect the decision of individuals to abandon their religious faith, even if we do not agree with it, as it is a deeply personal choice.

Our view on Apostasy: Real Christians are in Christ and are incapable of being guilty of apostasy. Real Christians are sealed to the day of redemption. We have (eternal) never-ending life. The scripture tells us that our gifts are irrevocable. They can’t be taken or given back. God will NEVER leave us. When WE are faithless He WILL REMAIN faithful. So don’t get nervous if you hear a sermon, accusing you of apostasy. It’s simply not possible if you are in Christ.

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Author: Mike Cynar

Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.

It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.

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