WHAT IS THE WATCHTOWER’S DEFINITION OF ‘APOSTASY’?

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Insight on the Scriptures Volume 1 p. 127 – Apostasy – What characteristics identify apostates as distinct from true Christians?

Among the varied causes of apostasy set forth in apostolic warnings were:…the heeding of the “counterfeit words” of false teachers and “misleading inspired utterances”…Apostates often seek to make others their followers. (Ac 20:30; 2Pe 2:1, 3) Such ones willfully abandoning the Christian congregation thereby become part of the “antichrist.” (1Jo 2:18, 19) As with the apostate Israelites, destruction is likewise foretold for apostates from the Christian congregation.

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