The Fatal First Step


     Though millions have been deceived by false teachers on the matter, the Scriptures—Old and New Testaments alike—teach the possibility of apostasy.  Hebrews 3:12 somberly warns against it—”Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”  The word translated “departing” is aphistemi; it literally is the Greek word for apostasy.

     In various locations in Psalm 106, the writer identifies the fatal first step of apostasy.  It is spiritual amnesia, a failure to remember.  It is written, “They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies…They soon forgot His works…They forgot God the Savior” (vv. 7, 13, 21).

     Always remember:  Spiritual amnesia is fatal to your faith.

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