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BIBLE STUDY - WHAT MUST I DO NOT TO BACKSLIDE
is a gradual cooling of faith, trust and obedience towards
the Gospel of Jesus Christ; often we are even unaware of it. You are falling
away of what you first believe or you are not where you used to be in your walk
with God. In Biblical term's it has been defined in many ways such as; being
lukewarm, forsaking your first love, committing
spiritual adultery, falling from grace. Etc. You all know exactly what I
mean by backsliding. The word ‘backsliding’ appear 12 times in the AV of the
Bible; Jeremiah 3:22 ‘Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your
backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God’.
‘Backslidings’ appear 4 times in the AV of the Bible. Preacher 14:14, ‘The
backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be
satisfied from himself’. There are 15 statements on ‘backsliding’ in the
DO PEOPLE BACKSLIDE?
People start backsliding when they loose faith in the gospel of Jesus
do NOT know exactly what they believe themselves. They do not have their own
statement of faith. Have a look at mine on the front page of my website; www.christianchurch.org.za
‘What we believe’. Take a pen and paper and write down your own
statement of faith, you can use mine as a guide I will not mind.
They start wondering about whether THIS is the true gospel.
1:8,9 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto
you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said
before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than
that ye have received, let him be accursed”.
God does not answer prayers if they ask something?
problem is not on God’s side it is on the believer’s side. Jesus said;
“you shall receive whatever you want, as long as you abide in Me”. So where
is the problem? Are you living where God answers prayer?
People start backsliding because they are ignorant about the Scriptures.
me they have not been told to search the Scriptures, or they are too lazy to do
Bible study. Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.
Matthew 22:29, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of
God”. Also, Mark 12:24; 1 Corinthians 15:34b, “For some do not have the
knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame”. Knowing or knowledge about the
Bible is like the foundation of a building; ‘the stronger and deeper the
foundation the longer the building will stand’.
People do not pray regularly.
do not spend time with God. If God is not in your mind 80% of a normal day you
are lost my friend, better make right with Him. 1Thessalonians 5:17, ‘Pray
without ceasing’. The word pray appear 306 time in the AV of the Bible.
6. They never witness for Jesus.
They are ashamed of the gospel of Jesus. They are to proud or to lazy to
tell others about Jesus. Romans
1:16, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of
God unto salvation to everyone that believes, both to the Jew first and to the
Greek’. Mark 8:38, ‘Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my
words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man
be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels’.
Last but not least. You could have had a raw experience with someone or a
I had such a bad experience with a so called ‘evangelist’ that could not
leave other men’s wives. Praise God he passed on in 2002. 1 Thessalonians 4:3
- 6, ‘For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should
abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his
vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as
the Gentiles which know not God; That no man go beyond and DEFRAUD HIS BROTHER
in any matter; because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have
forewarned you and testified’. Some wolves bear sheep clothing! By their fruit
you shall know them! Something like this can cause an imbalance for years in
your Christian walk. I know many preachers that caused these experiences. But
praise God these things make you strong.
You may be disappointed how some ‘pastors’ conduct their meetings. Some
pastors have a form of ‘Godliness’ but have denied the truth thereof. Many
pastors and preachers in our country are in the ministry because the dad or
grandfather was a pastor. I know many of them like that. Then there are those
that run abroad to
there are those ‘pastor’ or teachers that turn a blind eye on sin in their
families and congregations. I know of ‘churches’ in the northern suburb of
CHRISTIAN WALK IS SEEN AS A RACE.
Corinthians 9:24, ‘Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one
receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain it’. Matthew 24:13, “But he
that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”. 2 Timothy 4:7, “I
have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”.
Philippians 3:12, ‘Not as though I had
already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may
apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus’.
know that in any race or marathon there will be a route marked out with rules
and regulations to be obeyed or you will be disqualified. Satan will put many
obstacles beside the route. Luke 9:62, ‘And Jesus
said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is
fit for the kingdom of God’. 1 Timothy 6:9 - 11, ‘But
they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish
and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of
money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred
from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O
man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, patience, meekness’.
TO DO NOT TO BACKSLIDE.
If you are a young Christian do NOT accept whatever is thought, if this
can not be proved from the Bible, example; infant baptism, the doctrine on
tithing etc. A well balanced teaching will be confirmed in the New Testament
only. We believe and accept the Bible from Genesis to Revelation but we today,
live in the dispensation or time of the New Testament. The Book of the Acts is
still in continuation, there is no; END or AMEN at the end of this Book.
Keep your eyes on Jesus the author of our faith. Never loose faith in God
and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more time you will spend with God in prayer
and in the Bible the closer your walk with Him will be. You do not have to close
your eyes every time you pray. You can pray while you drive, you can pray while
you work. You can listen to tapes while you drive.
Compiled by: Chris Mengel
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