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Apostasy, dealing with personal

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Individual believers can fall away from faith and be restored. Scripture gives examples of such falling away, and offers advice on how such people should be dealt with pastorally.

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Warnings of the dangers of personal apostasy

2 Corinthians 11:2–3 KJV 1900
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
See also ; ; ; Those who return to strict observance of Jewish days and festivals have not understood the gospel.

Warnings against leading others into apostasy

Matthew 18:6 KJV 1900
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
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Encouragements to guard against personal apostasy

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Dealing with apostate believers

Galatians 6:1 KJV 1900
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
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Examples of those who were restored from apostasy

Samson:

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David

Peter:

for the account of Peter’s reinstatement see Jn 21:15-17
for evidence of John Mark’s recovery see 2Ti 4:11

The punishment of apostates

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Punishment through misfortune

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Punishment through defeat

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Punishment through rejection

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