By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,


What does it mean for a Christian to backslide?


The Old Testament uses the term “backsliding” to speak of those who have been near to God but have allowed sin to take them away from Him.

The prophet Jeremiah said, “Our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you” (Jeremiah 14:7). Backsliding in Scripture is always seen as a very serious matter: “‘Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me,’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty” (Jeremiah 2:19, NIV).

Backsliding can be caused by many things. However, whatever the sin might be that leads us away from God, it must be dealt with honestly and brought before Him in repentance. God loves us and wants us to be close to Him. Even when we sin against Him, He promises to forgive. “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them” (Hosea 14:4).

We must always fight against backsliding, but if we do backslide, we know that when we renounce our sin and return to God, there is forgiveness and reconciliation. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

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  1. Josephine says:

    It is clear that there is truly a word backsliding in Christian life. Thank you because you have answered the question in my mind “if there is such word as backslide or backsliding. However I thought of 2 kinds of Christians, the one who is Christ centered (Christ is the one sitting in the throne of our hearts) and the one who is self centered (a christian who accepted the Lord Jesus yet He is not the one sitting in the throne of our hearts).

  2. Emmanuel Sunday says:

    What does it mean when you are saying backslider

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Emmanuel,

      Here is an answer for you: My Answer

  3. Lily Zecky says:

    Very powerful and encouraging verses. My the grace of the most High be with you.

  4. Francisco M. Egway Jr says:

    Thanks for this one!! It really helps me. :]

  5. kelvin says:

    This is educative and insightful

  6. Monserrate Lugo says:

    thank you for your explanation, help me to understand Sunday School lesson.

  7. Jonathan says:

    This is edifying.

  8. Lee An says:

    My husband has always claimed to be a Christian. Many years ago, he was working so hard to be in good fellowship with God. We lost our pastor to another church. My husband was devastated. He stopped everything having to do with church. He gives me reasons why, but I think there is more to it. I believe he will still go to Heaven when he dies, but he is missing out on all of the peace and blessings he could have while alive as long as he chooses to have no Christian fellowship. I don’t know what to do, except pray.