CBN TEACHING SHEETS
Backsliding is when a born-again believer in Christ turns back
to sin or becomes stubborn in his heart and refuses to submit
to the will of God in his life. The outward actions are only
symptoms of the real problem -- the attitude of the heart --
which must be dealt with in order to change the actions.
Backsliding is like carnality, in that your own desires and
devices are acted out as opposed to God's will (I Corinthians
3:3; Proverbs 14:14).
What Scripture Says
"Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first
love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent
and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I
will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place"
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (I John
"Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to
God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them"
"When he came to his senses, he said, "How many of my father's
hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!
I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father,
I have sinned against heaven and against you" (Luke 15:17,.18).
"...let him turn to the Lord...for he will freely pardon"
"I will heal their waywardness and love them freely..." (Hosea
Does God Condemn Backsliders?
God does not condemn us -- our own wickedness and backsliding
do that (Jeremiah 2:19). Nor did Jesus come to do so, but to
give us life abundantly (John 10:10). Therefore, if you will
confess your sins, God will forgive you (I John 1:9). Accept
His forgiveness and then forgive yourself.
Forgive those who have wronged you. Go to anyone you have wronged
or resented and ask their forgiveness. Make restitution in whatever
ways you can for any wrongs your backsliding has caused. If
you are not baptized with the Holy Spirit, ask for and receive
it (Luke 11:13). Then grow in Jesus and the way of the Lord.
The Holy Spirit gives a Christian the ability to overcome sin.
He gives power to be a Christ-like person. He guides, comforts,
teaches spiritual truth, and equips with the gifts and qualities
of God (Acts 1:8; John 14:16; I Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:22,23).
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