What is Apostasy?

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Written by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

I’ve heard people talk about apostasy. What is it?

The word “apostasy” comes from the Greek apostasía, which means “rebellion.” In Scripture it has a religious content worth exploring. In Christian theology the reformers used it to describe the condition of the church during the Middle Ages. But it has also become important among those who promote double predestination, the notion that some have been chosen by God for salvation and others for destruction. It is argued that those elected for salvation will never fall from grace; they will not apostatize. I cannot deal here with the details of those claims, but I will describe some aspect of the concept of apostasy in Scripture.

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