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Apostasy in Christianity refers to the rejection of Christianity who was formerly a Christian. It comes from the Greek word ‘apostasia’ meaning defection, departure, revolt or rebellion. It has been described as “a willful falling away from, or rebellion against, Christianity.

Three dangers could lead a Christian to apostasy:
Temptations: Christians were tempted to engage in various vices that were a part of their lives before they became Christians -idolatry, sexual immorality, covetousness, etc.
Deceptions: Christians encountered various heresies and false teachings spread by false teachers and prophets that threatened to seduce them away from their pure devotion to Christ.
Persecutions: Christians were persecuted by the governing powers of the day for their allegiance to Christ. Many Christians were threatened with certain death if they would not deny Christ.