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. Roger praytor says:

    Backsliding. In Hebrew & Romans if you have accepted Christ and step away you go back to God.

  2. Timothy Popoola says:

    May God open our eyes and mind so we can see and know our sins. God bless you all

  3. calvin clemm says:

    Is missing worship service for you work backsliding?

  4. michael kodjo ofori says:

    Am a born again and I need more qoutation from you

  5. flordeluisa espina says:

    Is transferring from a church to another church considered backsliding for some reasons?

  6. michael Leon says:

    Your message is a blessing to me.

  7. francesca hackley says:

    Thank you and I truly appreciate your love and care

  8. Li Wood says:

    Thank you for these words in a time of my life when I needed them. A true blessing for me.

  9. Sharonda says:

    God Bless

  10. Beverly Ndjoye says:

    Thank you for taking time to write these words.
    God bless you and May our God and King who`s
    mercy endures forever,uplifts us and really helps us
    to get back on track when we`ve gone astray.
    I am blessed by these words.More grace to you all.