• Latter-Day Departures 1 TIMOTHY4:1-11 Key verse..."..."...." “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1Timothy 4:1). Gerontologists (scientists who study the ageing process) agree that ageing is an irreversible process. Notable signs of old age include loss of memory, failing vision, reduced hearing capacity and general body weakness. As with humans, this present world is already showing signs of “old age.” With the absurdities that have become the order of the day, the world seems to have gone senile. These are the days that the Bible aptly describes as “latter time.” One of the things that Christ revealed assigns of the last days is that there will be such a high level of evil and negative pressure that the love of many people (toward God and others) will become cold. The result of this is a massive defection from sound Christianity to profanity and Satan-inspired modes of worship. It is such a subtle trend that many who have fallen into this trap are unaware of its jeopardy. They have continued to wallow in deception and delusion. Today, churches may be filled with membership; there may be increase in Christian activities and more acknowledgment of the faith, but these have not translated to better commitment to the truth. Instead, there is a high level of hypocrisy, hardness of heart and rejection of the cardinal doctrines of the scripture. In the midst of these, true believers are expected to strengthen their grip on godliness and resolve to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. As you step out this day, it will be needful to reflect on your position in Christ and ensure that you are safe from the sweeping latter day departure from the faith. Many have gone. More than ever, we need prayer, watchfulness, discernment and a courageous commitment to Bible doctrines in order to survive the pressures and apostasy of these latter times.