A. W. Tozer, David Wilkerson, and other ones saw the coming of the apostasy years ago. And no wonder; they had the Holy Spirit living in them and they made the Lord Jesus their life. They were praying men. Tozer was said to have risen early each day to spend three hours in prayer. He kept a piece of leather in his office that he put under his face as the lay on the floor. David Wilkerson prayed for hours late at night when all was still. Tozer remonstrated about the shameful spiritual condition of professing Christians that were content to cozy up to the world system and sample its wares. Wilkerson prophesied about the coming storm of apocalyptic proportions.
Today we are quite possibly witnessing the arrival of the events they spoke and wrote about. However, neither of them specifically mentioned Contemplative Spirituality via Spiritual Formation, the Emergent Church Movement, the New Apostolic Reformation, and the other heresies along with ecumenism that are destroying Christianity. I do not know if either of them foresaw the degree and scope of ecumenism with Roman Catholicism and other religions that a significant number of Christian leaders are now involved in. I believe that what they saw was what many lesser known preachers recognized and that was the seeds of apostasy. What form the apostasy might take or the vehicle by which it might arrive may not have been as clear to them as the seeds of apostasy and soil they were germinating in. Now we see the flowering tree of apostasy dropping its poison fruit, and the deceived ones feast without fear.
The seeds of apostasy are numerous. They include individual autonomy, loss of the reverential fear of God, self-aggrandizement, greatly diminished or loss of interest in maintaining godliness, desensitization to conviction, loss of spiritual hearing and sight, prioritizing life with the essentials of true Christianity at the bottom or absent from the list, marginalizing the precept of abstaining from fleshly lusts that war against the soul, ignoring the Holy Spirit to the point of rejection, the loss of gratitude to God and Christ Jesus for salvation. I’m certain that the list could be lengthened with many entries, but the picture is clear. They initiate and sponsor a subtle shift from a focus on eternal things to temporal things. The seeds begin growing in the lukewarm soul long before the outward signs of apostasy appear.
In my opinion, the present apostasy was rooted long ago, but the seedlings broke through the top soil sometime during the last 4 decades. In the past couple of decades, the pace of growth has increased. However, in the past 5 years we have witnessed an astounding rate of growth. Many mega churches and even denominations have been completely overcome by apostasy. The reason for the sharp increase is singular. There is no greater indicator of the state of Christianity than the condition of the churches. If in a building designed and set aside for the most spiritual gathering of the week people cannot remain true to God’s truth, it is a given that their testimonies are significantly compromised during the rest of the time. The fact is that there are now more than one generation of professing Christians that are spiritually anemic, unknowledgeable, addicted to the world system, and ready subjects for the Antichrist.
Church leaderships have dramatically changed the churches to appease professing Christians who compromise their faith and the essence of Christianity. For those leaders the bottom line is numbers and economy. Enter the church growth movement and its full scale compromise of every factor of true Christianity. Whatever it takes to draw in the finicky and bored masses is the meat of most “church growth” programs and books. It stands to reason that if an individual will compromise his or her belief system to accommodate a gradual move away from commitment to God, they are not going to tolerate a church that refuses to make the same compromise. They will attend only those churches that make the compromise to accommodate them. In fact, today churches can be planted and will grow rapidly that cater to a particular fleshly desire of nominal Christians. Recently, I saw a news report about “fight churches” where pastors engage each other in MMA fighting in the “sanctuary”. I read an article some time ago where a pastor hired a stripper to serve communion in an attempt to attract more men to the service. Further, there is no doubt that many churches today have resorted to New Age practices and doctrines to lure in professing Christians that have been experimenting with other religions.
Taking advantage of the sordid spiritual condition of the nominal Christian masses, their lack of discernment and their willingness to be led by sensationalism and lures of carnal appeasement, a plethora of hirelings scramble over each other to plant churches and grab share of the booty. It is obvious to true Christians that these practitioners of simony are not called, sent, or anointed by God. But no matter how much they are exposed, or how disgusting their behavior is revealed, they have no shame. Most of them simply ignore the exposure as if it didn’t exist knowing that in a few days or weeks it will blow over like a March raincloud. It takes outrage by a significant number of professing Christians to expose the stench in heresy. There is not enough outrage in Christianity because little moral authority remains. A contributing factor is that true Christians are in a shrinking minority. Consequently, everything is being flipped or swapped so that truth is now called lies and lies deemed as truth. The situation has become so critical that heretics and their followers are considered true believers while the children of God are considered false and diabolical.
This apostasy appears beyond critical mass. It seems that nothing can stop or even slow it down except a powerful revival. There is no indication in the Scriptures of such revival during the final apostasy. If we are in the final apostasy, the prognosis for this present spiritual declension is grim. The false prophets and apostles are prophesying a mighty world-wide revival, but their basis for doing so is not God’s word, but a revelation that came to a few individuals at the heart of the apostasy. Many of them, such as Peter Wagner and Rick Joyner, supported the openly heretical and bizarre Todd Bentley and homosexual alcoholic prophet Paul Cain. If they were so prophetically tuned that they could add to God’s word by revelation, why is it that they could not discern obviously diabolical individuals that they knew personally?
I believe that when the Antichrist and False Prophet appears, the followers of Rick Warren, Rob Bell, Brian Mclaren, Bill Johnson, Ruth Haley Barton, Joel Osteen, Oprah Winfrey, Tony Jones, Bill Hybels, Richard Foster, Sue Monk Kidd, Sarah Young, Ann Voscamp, Beth Moore, Judah Smith, Steven Furtick, (and the list is very long and growing) will hail them as God’s chosen vessels to bring about the fabled “Kingdom Now” with world peace and unity. Professing Christians that have fallen for “Seeker Friendly” easy believism will be ecstatic about the False Prophet’s new Christianity and one-world church. They will be thrilled by the satanically powerful lying signs and wonders. When all unrighteous deception floods their spirits, they will swoon under the ecstasy. They will rejoice with the New Apostolic Reformation believing that the world dominance by the False Prophet and Antichrist is the fulfilling of dominion prophesies. Rick Joyner and the New Apostolic leaders will most likely rejoice in the slaughter of Christians as the fulfillment of the “blues and grays” civil/holy war prophesy.
They will rejoice in the ecumenical one-world religion that they have finally achieved status with the “corporate christ”. I can see stadiums filled will people in huge religious meetings, all of them sitting in Yoga position, hands upturned in salutation to the Sun, humming, breath praying, and chanting as demons dance all around them. They will rejoice in one-world peace, perhaps according to Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan, bought with the compromise of truth stuffed in the skin of a lie. Everyone who opposes the great lie (perhaps that we can become a christ) will be considered a hindrance to world peace and disposable. I can see them lined across the television screen hand in hand, smiling all, faces shining with deception, the prominent Hindus, Buddhists, Druids, Witches, Wizards, professing Christians, along with the Pope and every other significant religious figure, with huge roars of unfettered pleasure thundering from the innumerable sea of adoring subjects. I can see them as they will eat the bread of deception and drink the blood of the saints in an unholy communion, but afterward their mouths will be filled with gravel (Proverbs 20:17).