“Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:10,11)
“From that time many of [H]is disciples went back, and walked no more with [H]im.” (John 6:66)
“They went out from us, but they were not of us.” (1 John 2:19a.)
“But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:48)
In our pop culture there is a dividing line between the good and the bad. Unfortunately that line has been blurred with the “anti-hero.” Outside of that blur we see things as good or bad. In professional wrestling, there is the “Baby face/Good Guy or woman” and there is the “Heel”/Bad Guy or Woman. In western mythology there is usually a hero adorned with the white hat and the bad cowboy is adorned in black. In Star Wars there is the Jedi on the Good Side and the Sith of the Dark Side. In British fiction there is the White Knight and the Black Knight.
Back to professional wrestling. In the world of scripted sports entertainment and true/real athleticism there is what is called, the angle and the turn. The Angle is the plot and the turn is a good guy turning to a bad guy or a baby-face turning heel or the heel turning baby-face.
In the “real world” we see this happen all the time. When friends stop being friends or on social media, when persons unfriend others or family members stop speaking to each other or when spouses divorce. Persons turn to “heels,” or “black hats”, or they turn to the “dark side” from a certain point of view.
This is nothing new as there is nothing new under the sun. Adam turned “heel” on God, as the Divine Script called for. Cain turned on Abel. Delilah turned on Samson, Saul turned “heel” on David and there is King Manassah, who turned “baby-face” per the Grace of God.”
All of the above speaks to the doctrine of perseverance and enduring unto the end. There are persons in Scripture that proved themselves to be false disciples. The theological term is Apostacized. Judas was an apostate for he had apostasized. Judas was a reprobate long before he was an apostate, however. No one turns on God or surprises God. Christ knew and perceived all men and all their thoughts, He had no need to be taught.
In Scripture there are the “Known Befores” and the “Never Knowns.” There is a seal that stands strong, God knows those that are His as He has known them before the foundation of the earth. These are the saints that have been “God-Picked” according to His Own Pleasures and Purposes and His Own Free Will.
Christ’s Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, explains to us that there is a mixed multitude in the church, as there were mixed multitudes in the days of Moses. In His Parable, He states that the tares should not be pulled until the time of harvest. Therefore, as there are false believers in the church, we need not throw them into the ovens. There is a long list of false believers that have become true believers. Sinners are transformed into Saints in accordance to God’s Good Time for He saves according to His purposes and pleasures. It is expedient, sometimes, that God’s children spend time in the world so that they might benefit the church later. A low down sinner makes for a wise saint, IE. Saul/Paul of Tarsus.
Billy Graham had a preacher friend that was known world wide and he apostatized because he could not line up all the bad in the world with a good God. C.S. Lewis had a teacher that was a Presbyterian, W.T. Kirkpatrick, who had preached sermons, but one day, this logical, wise teacher became an atheist and “denied the Lord Who bought him.”
This could be explained as back sliding, or as a root with out good soil or as a person thinking they have been saved due to a poor witness of another or a zealous preacher telling them they are saved.
Reader, Examine yourself and see what spirit/Spirit ye are of. In the perilous times that are coming we will see the tares torn from the wheat, but at what cost to the Church?