“Apostasy — which comes from the Greek word apostasia (“ἀποστασία”) which literally means in the context of Scripture, departure — or falling away. In other words, it refers to those who have professed Christ, especially for a long time, and then have renounced their faith.”
(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte) Trends in Christendom seem to come and go like different style haircuts. It’s like every time you turn around, you see some “new way” of doing Christianity or some “new doctrine” that hasn’t been around that promises to change the way we think about Church.
In the 70’s, a popular trend in Christianity began to emerge (pun intended) known as the Emergent (or Emerging) Church. in recent modern times, it was popularized by false teachers such as Rob Bell, Brian McClaren, and Rick Warren. While some would only adhere to bits and pieces of the movement, the more extreme of them, like Bell and McClaren would deny essential doctrines of the faith and teach such heresies as annihilationism — or even that Hell doesn’t exist at all. For them, the movement was all about “love” and “tolerance” — something they thought Jesus was “all about.”