Backsliding is not a common topic of discussion currently. Sadly, many preachers and teachers tend to prefer messages that inspire rather than those that correct or criticize. As a result, we forget or never learn some topics.
Backsliding: Falling Away Actually Happens, The Reason Why Is
STM Bible Lesson
Lesson focus: Proverbs 14:14. Bible lesson background: A backslider is a person who turns away from God. The People’s Bible by Joseph Parker – Backsliding takes place in the heart, and not in the foot. It is in the foot indeed that we show it, but the collapse took place in the spirit before the foot began to falter, and to recede, and to fall.
Backsliding – apostasy defined
Why do people backslide (fall away)?
Here are 3 reasons why people backslide.
1. After getting to know Christ better
2. Doing things required by the Law but fulfilled by Christ
Please take time to read and study these supporting scriptures.
Jesus freed us from the Law
Refusing to fully obey Christ
Died to the law to live for God
Under the curse
The Israelites were not only God’s chosen people, they were His bride. Unfortunately, they were not faithful to Him.
Israel commits adultery
God divorces Israel
Hope for a new beginning
Wrap-up: A consequence of backsliding
Do born-again believers backslide?
God will save people who keep their faith until the end
Contrary to the belief of many, born-again believers can and do choose to stop believing in God. That is why Jesus said He will save those who stay faithful, i.e., endure until the end. So, I urge you to hold on and avoid backsliding.
I pray that you have enjoyed and will make the most of this Bible lesson. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
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