End Times Apostasy – Part 2
In part 1 of Apostasy in the Church, I shared excerpts from an interview with Jeff Kinley on Christ in Prophecy and excerpts from a message by Dr. Mark Hitchcock from his teaching titled “Apostasy: The Sabotage of Christianity from Within”. Both co-authored the excellent book “The Coming Apostasy”. Today we will look at a message from Pastor Billy Crone concerning false believers infiltrating the church.
Billy Crone is the Pastor of Sunrise Bible Church in Las Vegas, NV, and the founder of Get A Life Ministries. I have enjoyed watching his thorough teachings such as:
- The Final Countdown
- The Great Covid Deception
- The Rapture – Don’t Be Deceived
- UFOs – The Great Last Days Deception
- The Satanic War on The Christian
- Discipleship 101
In this post, I am sharing a message given at Pastor J.D. Farag’s church, Calvary Chapel Kaneohe titled “The Coming Great Apostasy” on 06-30-2022.
I have included a few excerpts from the message as well as approximate time marks throughout the message for convenience in case you may not be able to listen to the full message until later.
The Coming Great Apostasy
Pastor Billy Crone begins by reminding us that although there is much happening outside the church, we need to be paying attention to what is happening inside the church. As an example, he mentions:
“There’s a false teaching out there in the so called church and they would actually say that Jesus Christ cannot come back until the church cleans up the world and cleans up the governments. That’s a heresy. There is no peace coming to this world until Jesus Christ returns…”
Correct, Rebuke, and Encourage
Pastor Billy starts by sharing the following scripture:
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”2 Timothy 4:1-4 NIV
(6.30 min mark) The Acid Test – Correct, Rebuke, and Encourage
Pastor Billy asks:
“How do you know if you’ve got a good shepherd? A shepherd who’s really preaching the word to you, being obedient to the call of a shepherd, and you’re being giving the whole Bible, the whole counsel of God?”
“Two-thirds of the time, you should be squirming in your seat. If you only get encouragement, if you only just feel good every single time, 100% of the time, you need to run, you’re at the house of the devil.”
[“If] they never teach you the whole counsel of God, let alone prophecy, which is one-third of the Bible, you better run, because two-thirds of the time, if it’s faithful, you’re going to be corrected and rebuked.”
“In a good church you will get rebuked and corrected at times and you should expect it”
(7.5 min mark) Men Will Not Put Up With Sound Doctrine
In this section, I have listed the Greek information which Pastor Billy Crone talks about in his message. As he stated he likes to “Greek Out”.
Greek behind the word/s – Their own
“…Instead, to suit their own desires…” – 2 Tim 4:3
Strong’s Concordance # G2398
- Greek: ἴδιος
- Transliteration: ídios
- Pronunciation: id’-ee-os (It’s where we get the word idiot.)
- Definition: pertaining to oneself, one’s own, belonging to one’s self
Greek behind the word – Desires
“…Instead, to suit their own desires…” – 2 Tim 4:3
Strong’s Concordance # G1939
- Greek: ἐπιθυμία
- Transliteration: epithymia
- Pronunciation: ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah
- Definition: desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust
Greek behind the word – Itching
“….they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” – 2 Tim 4:3
Strong’s Concordance # G2833
- Greek: κνήθω
- Transliteration: knēthō
- Pronunciation: knay’-tho
- Definition: desirous of hearing something pleasant
Greek behind the word – Myths
“They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” – 2 Tim 4:4
Strong’s Concordance # G3454
- Greek: μῦθος
- Transliteration: mythos
- Pronunciation: moo’-thos
- Definition: a fiction, a fable, an invention, a falsehood
(11.20 min mark) Faithful Followers of Jesus Christ?
Pastor Billy in this segment discusses why he believes these people are not even saved. He shares that he has been doing a study in his church called Enemies Within the Church on Wednesday nights.
As a side note, I am in the process of watching these teachings as I research this particular end times sign of apostasy. I will also be sharing clips from these studies in future posts.
Pastor Billy goes on to state:
“This is just like Satan, he lost. His gig is up. He’s headed to the lake of fire. He knows he’s defeated. Jesus whooped him on the cross. He couldn’t keep Him from rising again from the grave. He couldn’t stop the church from being born in Acts chapter two and praise God, he can’t take away your salvation, right? So what’s he doing?”
“Plan A was to keep people from getting saved. Well, he failed that. Plan B is … flooding the church with fakers, so that if people come into the church, then they’ll get a fake gospel, a false gospel… and they’ll not get saved. And they’ll join him in the lake of fire.”
(12.58 min mark) Scripture Examples
“This matter arose because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.”Galatians 2:4 – NIV
“I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.”2 Corinthians 11:26 NIV
Greek behind the words – False brothers
Strong’s Concordance # G5569
- Greek: ψευδάδελφος
- Transliteration: pseudadelphos
- Pronunciation: psyoo-dad’-el-fos
- Definition: a false brother, one who ostentatiously professes to be a Christian, but is destitute of Christian knowledge and piety
(14.42 min mark) False Prophet And False Apostles
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.”Matthew 7:15-16 NIV
“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”2 Corinthians 11:13-14 NIV
Pastor Billy reminds us:
“So this whole concept that there are fakers in the church is not a foreign concept. It was at the birth of the church… and this is a sign we’re in the last days.
(16.0 min mark) The Church Growth Movement
“30 years ago came what’s called the church growth movement. These people turned from sound doctrine… I watched it happen before my very eyes as a young Bible college student.”
They stated “We just want people in the world to feel good, right? And then the church and said, no, you can’t do that. And here’s how they got the church to swallow it.”
(17.15 min mark) The Idol of Success
“It was numerical growth at all costs… I called it the cookie cutter method. And it began to emulate. It used to be the anomaly. Now it’s the norm. Basic Bible beliefs in churches are now the strange churches.”
(17.43 min mark) How to Spot False Believers
The First Sign (18.14 min mark)
“4 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead… 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”James 2:14-17,19 NIV
(18.57 min mark) Faith and God are Generic Terms
(19.34 min mark) God’s Engagement Ring
Side Note: I had not heard the Holy Spirit likened to an engagement ring before. Therefore, I wanted to dig deeper even though Pastor Billy explained the Greek word behind the KJV word EARNEST.
“…, and after believing in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit 14 Which is the [arrabōn earnest] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”.Ephesians 1:13-14
Here is what the Strong’s concordance revealed. #G728
- Greek: ἀρραβών
- Transliteration: arrabōn
- Pronunciation: ar-hrab-ohn’
- Definition: money which in purchases is given as a pledge or downpayment that the full amount will subsequently be paid
However, this Forerunner Commentary hit home for me: What the Bible says about Holy Spirit as Engagement Ring.
Other Bible translations for arrabōn.
- pledge of our inheritance
- guarantee of
- down payment
- first installment
- a pledge
(21.26 min mark) Warm Body Syndrome
– Ministries always have needs, who cares if you’re not saved…
Video Clip (22.27 min mark)
If by chance you have not been watching or listening to the sermon, Pastor Billy always has video clips mixed in to be sure you grasp his message. This is an eye-opening clip of a young man speaking about Christians… You do not want to miss it!
The Second Sign (27.20 min mark)
Warnings Against Denying the Son
“18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”1 John 2:18-19 NIV
(28.25 min mark) Can You Lose Your Salvation?
Pastor Billy states that he loves the above passage for several different reasons.
“Number one, it single-handedly stops the lie that’s out there in the church that you can somehow get saved and then somehow lose your salvation. Excuse me? “
“They say oh, you’re not saved by works, but you could still lose it. Excuse me, you’re saying I’m not saved by my works. Which is correct, but then you say I could work myself out of it? Isn’t that still works? Hello. What are you trusting in?”
“Praise God. When Jesus said it’s finished, it’s finished.”
But These People Say…
“…you can lose your salvation….
“All of a sudden, he went through some hard times. You’ve heard the stories, right? And then they say, see, he lost his salvation.”
“No, what’s the scripture say? He never had in the beginning, because if he had it, God keeps his own. But if you walked away from Christ, it may have taken a while, maybe it took a year, maybe it took longer, but you showed your true colors the whole time…”
(30.05 min mark) I AM the Way
Pastor Billy continues: “As a born-again Christian, you got to believe what Jesus says here, right?”
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6
“If you’re going to come to Jesus, you know that He’s it. You don’t get there through Muhammad, you don’t get there through Confucius, or you don’t get there through Buddha. You don’t get there through self-help and self-works. He’s the only way.”
“Do you realize how many people professing to know Jesus Christ have walked away from that? And you know what that meant? …They didn’t lose their salvation. They were fake the whole time…
Side Note: In this country, 69% of adults self-identify as Christians. That is 176 million people. However, only 46% who describe themselves as “Christian” expect to experience eternal salvation because of their confession of sin and acceptance of Christ as their Savior.
That leaves us with 54% that apparently think they are getting into heaven by other means.
See other stats in my post: The Deception of American Christians – Part Two
Video Clip – Steve Harvey introducing Jesus? (31.21 min mark)
Video Clip – Steve Harvey keeping the faith? (35.38 min mark)
Video Clip – Oprah buying into the Lie (38.10 min mark)
(40.17 min mark) World Religions, Cults & The Occult
In this section Pastor, Billy Crone shares why He has been teaching on World Religions, Cults & The Occult at his church and also shares some heart-breaking stats he came across.
- 25% of professing Christians believe that it doesn’t matter what faith you follow, all paths lead to heaven.
- 51% believe that God accepts the worship of all religions.
- Nearly 70% of people who specifically claim to be born again Christians say other religions can lead to heaven.
I wanted to include a few more states for you from a previous post titled The Deceptive Worldview in the Church because it magnifies what Pastor Billy Crone is teaching.
Do you realize:
7 out of 10 Americans consider themselves to be Christian.
However, just 6% possess a biblical worldview. A breakdown by churches found the percentage of those that held to a Biblical worldview was only:
- 21% in Evangelical Protestant churches
- 16% in Charismatic or Pentecostal churches
- 8% in Mainline Protestant churches
- 1% in Catholic churches
Dr. George Barna, who directed the American Worldview Inventory 2021 research for the Cultural Research Center, described Moralistic Therapeutic Deism as “fake Christianity.”
Barna stated: “Young adults have grown up with a culturally adulterated version of the Christian faith. They have adopted a softer, twisted version of genuine Christianity. In their view, the local church exists primarily to offer a supportive and upbeat community rather than worship, service, guidance toward holiness, or a genuine relationship with God. And MTD is abundantly pluralistic, encouraging people to do whatever works or feels good rather than that which fits with biblical principles.”
Consequently, this approach to spirituality asks little of its followers while providing the comfort, convenience, and community that those followers long for.
The Third Sign (42.26 min mark)
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’
23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”Matthew 7:21-23 – NIV
Video Clip – Larry’s Religion – (45.32 min mark)
(47.48 min mark) The Scandal of Apostate Pastors
- Wes is a Methodist. He lost his confidence in the Bible while attending a liberal Christian college and seminary. “I went to college thinking Adam and Eve were real people,” he explained. Now, he no longer believes that God exists. …
- Rick is a campus minister for the United Church of Christ. He was an agnostic in college, but he lost all belief by the time he graduated from seminary. He chose ordination in the UCC because it required “no forced doctrine.”…
- Daryl sees himself as a “progressive-minded” pastor who wants to see his kind of non-doctrinal Christianity “given validity in some way.” He acknowledges that he is more a pantheist than a theist, and thinks that many of the more educated members of his church hold to the same liberal beliefs as his own. And those beliefs (or unbeliefs) are stated clearly: “I reject the virgin birth. I reject substitutionary atonement. I reject the divinity of Jesus. I reject heaven and hell in the traditional sense, and I am not alone.”
- Adam ministers in the Church of Christ, a conservative denomination. After years in the ministry, he began to lose all theological confidence. After reading a series of books, he became convinced that atheists have better arguments than believers. He has moved fully into an atheist mode, yet he continues to lead his church in worship.
- John is identified as a Southern Baptist minister who has primarily served as a worship leader. He was attracted to Christianity as a religion of love, but his pursuit of Christianity “brought me to the point of not believing in God.” As he explains, “I didn’t plan to become an atheist. I didn’t even want to become an atheist. It’s just I had no choice. If I’m being honest with myself.”
To read more of what the above apostate pastors had to say. Read the full article at: ChristianPost.com.
The Fourth Sign (53.46 min mark)
“15Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”Titus 1:15-16 NLT
(54.55 min mark) Christian Presidents and Politics
(57.14 min mark) The Number One Cause Of Atheism
Pastor Billy Crone shared:
“An Atheist said the number one cause of atheism is professing Christians. Those who proclaim God with their mouths but deny him in their lifestyles are what the unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
(57.45 min mark) Fake Christians Coming Out of the Closet?
John Stiengard Clip (57.50 min mark)
Paul Maxwell (59.40 min mark)
Joshua Harris (100.07 min mark)
Marty Sampson (100.45 min mark)
Tim Lambesis (101.03 min mark)
18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”1 John 2:18-20 NIV
(104.52 min mark) Why Do Apostate Churches Exist?
Video Clip – You Better Run (106.10 min mark)
You may not agree with everything Pastor Billy Crone stated in his message. However, I hope this message helped you understand the apostasy within our Church gatherings. We must search the scriptures for ourselves to see if what is being said is the truth from the Word of God.
I always like to ask those who visit my website:
Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Because of all the deceptions and apostasy that surround us perhaps, I need to clarify and ask: Do you have a Biblically defined relationship with Jesus Christ? I will close this post by repeating Pastor Billy’s words from his message.
Per Pastor Billy Crone:
“I don’t know your heart, but God does. If you’re trusting in anything else other than Jesus Christ and his death on the cross to forgive you, and if you’ve never confessed Him and Him alone as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised from the grave, you’re not saved.”
“I don’t care how long you’ve been going to church services, I don’t care what you claim. But if you deny Jesus Christ as the only way, and you’re trusting in your own works or something else, you’re not saved. You need to get saved now. It is by grace through faith only, through the work of Jesus Christ. Please turn to Him, and ask Him to forgive you. That’s it. Please don’t make the biggest mistake for all eternity.”
Maranatha! Until next time, I am Passionately Loving Jesus, the Anchor of my Soul.