Apostasy means total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles, party, cause, etc. So anything that is a departure from what the bible teaches is an apostasy.
We know we are in the last days and that is when the great apostasy would be revealed. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8) Because great apostasy would exist for a while the bible tells us that in the last days true worship would be restored. (Malachi 3:1-3, Micah 4:1-4) . We know that the bible said there would be a time that people would not put up with the truth. They would gather teachers to tickle their ears. (2 Timothy 4:3,4) The bible says that people would follow teachings of demons.
(1 Timothy 4:1-3) We would be able to identify false religion by it’s fruits. Just like counterfeit money it takes experience to identify it, we can learn to identify false religion by learning our bibles.
(2 Timothy 3:1-7)
Some Identifying Marks Of False Religion.
One of the things they would do is speak twisted things. So they would use the scriptures in a way that would either suit their needs or tickle your ears. But they would not be teaching what you need to hear. (Acts 20:30)(2 Timothy 4:3,4). False religion would imitate the pharisees , they would speak one thing but do another. They would profess to love but would act contrary to that love. (1 John 4:18-20).
The false teachers would put themselves above others in the congregation. They would put heavy burdens on them with celebrations and other things that God had not commanded, just like the pharisees. (Matthew 23:8-11) They would oppose the truth just as they opposed it in Jesus day. They would lie about the truth, even get violently angry at people who try to spread the truth. They would treat and feel toward those teaching the truth the same way people were treated in Jesus day. (Matthew 10:22) God’s people were always treated that way by those who oppose the truth. (Psalm 109:1-3)
Because of false religions behaviour and their teachings it would cause people to speak abusively about God. (Romans 2:24)
The fruit of false religion would show plainly, because their members would not be able to overcome the works of the flesh. (Galatians 5:19-21) Because of this we would be able to recognize them as false religion. (Matthew 7:15-17)
Another identifying mark of false religion is that they would use idols and images in their worship, something that God forbids. (Exodus 20:4) In contrast true religion would not use images in their worship because they would walk by faith. (Hebrews 11:1) Because false religion refuses to quit using idols,images and symbols in their worship and walk by faith they will be judged. (Revelations 9:20)
We have to remember that Satan and his people can appear as an angel of light so we need to know our bibles so he cannot deceive us. (2 Corinthians 11:14,15) Their actions would make them a part of the antichrist because they would not be putting their faith in the ransom of Jesus but would act contrary to it. (2 John 4:7)
This is not finished, when I finish it I will post more identifying marks and also put the identifying marks of true worship.