Passages which record cases of actual apostasy, 1 Timothy 1:19,20; 2 Timothy 2:17, 18;
4:10; 2 Peter 2:1,2. But there is no proof that the persons mentioned were true believers.
The Bible itself teaches that there are persons who profess the faith and yet are not of
the faith, Romans 9:6; 1 John 2:9, Revelation 3:1. John says of some: "They went out
from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued
with us," 1 John 2:19.
Louis Berkhof, Manual of Christian Doctrine,
Eerdmans, p. 276.
Cable television mogul Ted Turner criticized fundamentalist Christianity and said Jesus
probably would "be sick at his stomach" over the way his ideas have been
"twisted," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Turner made his remarks
Friday evening at a banquet in Orlando, Fla., where he was given an award by the American
Humanist Association for his work on behalf of the environment and world peace. Turner
said he had a strict Christian upbringing and at one time considered becoming a
missionary. "I was saved seven or eight times," the newspaper quoted him as
saying. But he said he became disenchanted with Christianity after his sister died,
despite his prayers. Turner said the more he strayed from his faith, "the better I
Spokesman-Review, May 1, 1990.