Apostasy See also Rebellion; Restoration of the Gospel A turning away from the truth by individuals, the Church, or entire nations. General apostasy Israel had to guard against their hearts turning away from the Lord, Deut. 29:18. Where there is no vision, the people perish, Prov. 29:18. They have broken the everlasting covenant, Isa. 24:5. The winds beat upon that house, and it fell, Matt. 7:27. I marvel that ye are so soon removed unto another gospel, Gal. 1:6. They commenced in the good path but lost their way in the mist, 1 Ne. 8:23 (1 Ne. 12:17). After they had tasted of the fruit, they fell away into forbidden paths, 1 Ne. 8:28. Nephite apostasy caused a stumbling block for nonbelievers, Alma 4:6–12. Many members of the Church became proud and persecuted other members, Hel. 3:33–34 (Hel. 4:11–13; 5:2–3). When the Lord prospers his people, they sometimes harden their hearts and forget him, Hel. 12:2; 13:38. The Nephites hardened their hearts and fell under Satan’s power, 3 Ne. 2:1–3. Moroni prophesied about apostasy in the last days, Morm. 8:28, 31–41. Apostasy will precede the Second Coming, D&C 1:13–16. Apostasy of the early Christian church This people draw near me with their mouth, Isa. 29:10, 13. Darkness shall cover the earth, Isa. 60:2. The Lord will send a famine of hearing the words of the Lord, Amos 8:11. There shall arise false Christs and false prophets, Matt. 24:24. Grievous wolves shall enter in among you, Acts 20:29. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him, Gal. 1:6. There will be a falling away before the Second Coming, 2 Thes. 2:3. Some people err concerning the truth, 2 Tim. 2:18. Some people have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof, 2 Tim. 3:2–5. The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, 2 Tim. 4:3–4. There will be false prophets and false teachers among the people, 2 Pet. 2:1. Certain men crept in denying the only Lord God, Jude 1:4. Some men said they were Apostles and were not, Rev. 2:2. Nephi saw the formation of a great and abominable church, 1 Ne. 13:26. The Gentiles have stumbled and built up many churches, 2 Ne. 26:20. They have strayed from mine ordinances and have broken mine everlasting covenant, D&C 1:15. Darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people, D&C 112:23. Joseph was told that the churches were all wrong; their hearts were far from God, JS—H 1:19.