Abstract: The form of spiritual decline that is occurring in Reformed (Calvinistic) churches in South Africa comprises the denial of fundamental Christian doctrines. The five doctrines involved are (1) a premillennial eschatology, (2) sanctification as a second work of grace, (3) salvation through regeneration, (4) the inerrancy of the Bible as God’s Word, and (5) the Deity of Jesus. Some denominations are in an early stage of decline while others have advanced much further.
The Bible clearly warns us against serious doctrinal decline that will occur in “Christian” churches in the last days:
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, . . .