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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. princess oye says:

    I am charged and lifted.thanhs

  2. Lucas Maro says:

    Amen! I am happy that God has brought me to this site! I am grateful for the teaching. May God help us all.
    God bless you abundantly!

  3. Chad Robinson says:

    I am guilty of backsliding. I am hurting and ashamed of myself. I have let God and my family down. I pray God can forgive me and start my soul on fire for Him again. I want to feel close to Him again and be filed with His Spirit.

    1. Nancy says:

      God Always forgives…He is a loving and merciful God. Keep looking tho Jesus the Author and Finisher of your faith. This is my one suggestion, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS Pray. Even if you can’t say a word, while on your knees; remember God is there and He knows your heart… Love you in Christ

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  5. patricia newman says:

    Very up lifted by the word.

  6. patricia newman says:

    Very helpful

  7. Victoria Dennis says:

    Loved what I just read.

  8. Deborah Jones says:

    I have been enlighten in reading this segment . God bless

  9. Daniel Aaron Ewing says:

    This was very helpful

  10. simon gambo says:

    I am very blessed.Iwant to grow in my christian walk with jesus