why people backslide

Topics: God, Jesus, New Testament, God in Christianity, Christian terms, Christianity / Pages: 50 (13817 words) / Published: Aug 16th, 2014
8/16/2014

Can A Christian Backslide?
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Clinging to a Counterfeit Cross
____________by James P. Shelly ____________

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Can A Christian Backslide?
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We often hear the statement that a Christian is never idle. If he is not going forward in His walk, he is going backward. Or we hear that a believer, who has fallen into a particular sin for a time, has backslidden. However, this is a misuse of the term as found in Scripture. Scripture never uses the term of a believer. It is only used in the sense of apostasy, which is turning aside from God and the way in which He commands us to walk, following after other gods. It is not used in reference to one who has, for a time, fallen into sin, but of one who has fallen away and forsaken Him entirely. " 'You have forsaken me ' says the Lord, 'you have gone backward. Therefore I will stretch out my hand and destroy you. '" (Jer. 15:6)

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The first commandment is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" (Exod. 20:3). God says in Isa. 45:22, "Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! for I am God , and there is no other." In the Old Testament, God gave His people Israel, severe warnings as to the fate of those who would go after other gods.
"Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the

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