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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 Lord your God, which I command you today: and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known" (Deut. 11:28). "Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish" (Deut. 8:19).

To serve and worship other gods is to turn from the God of Scripture and the "way" in which He commands us to walk. God says of those who have turned aside from the way, that, "they go a whoring after other gods" (Deut. 31:16).

God refers to His people as His bride, and He requires that His bride be faithful. To be an unfaithful bride is to be an adulterer and such an offense is cause for divorce. "Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce" (Jer. 3:8). God separates Himself from the unfaithful called by His name, and the result of such a separation is eternal death. In God’s sight, to be unfaithful to Him by serving other gods is to "play the harlot."

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nor your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good" (Josh. 24:19, 20) (italics added). We find in the Old Testament as well as the New that true salvation comes only with repentance. "Turn from your wicked ways and you shall live" (Eze. 33:11). In Acts 3:26 we find that repentance is one of the blessings of grace, "...God raised up His Servant, and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your iniquities." Whosoever is the recipient of...
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