Perhaps nothing is more discouraging in our Christian experience than to watch someone fall away and abandon their faith. Sadly, more "professed" believers seem to be losing their "first love". From family and friends to well-known pastors and Christian leaders, so many have turned away from following Christ. This modern-day apostasy is one of the signs of the end times. Jesus said genuine faith endures until the end (Matt.24). Paul said, "We can be confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Christ's return (Phil.1:6).