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Apostasy, Greek: ἀποστασία - (rebellion, abandonment, state of apostasy, defection) , in Orthodox Christianity is the rejection of Christ and His saving power after baptism, a falling away. An apostate is a person who has entered into apostasy, that is, has abandoned the Church.

The Greek noun apostasia is found twice in the New Testament, (Acts 21:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:3).

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