You could call this Bunyan’s 9 Stages of Backsliding: Christian: Well, I think it is like this: First they withdraw their thoughts as much as possible from the remembrance of God, death, and judgment to come. In the Old Testament book of Hosea the prophet married a harlot. Rev. How many people continue to follow Jesus as their life progresses? 24:12; Amos 6:1 2. Furthermore, show him how to stop backsliding and become Biblically wise. In tithes and offerings. Hopeful shares a few reasons and shortly after Christian shares his thoughts on backsliding. 21 Bible Verses about Backsliding ... "But you say, 'How shall we return?' Heb. "You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! English translations of the Bible vary widely in their use of apostasy and backsliding. For example, the KJV never employs the word apostasy (and its cognates), whereas the NASB uses it (and its cognates) 12 times in its attempt to capture the intent of the original languages of Scripture. 2:4 4. Loss of spiritual enthusiasm. The Bible is full of very strong and serious warnings about giving in to sin after we know better. Unfit for the Kingdom. For example, 2 Peter 2:21 says: The dangers of backsliding. A backslider stops following the Lord and falls back into a previous sinful way of life. It’s clear – once we have experienced God and new life in Him, our lives should be dramatically changed because of it. The word “backslider” or “backsliding” does not appear in the New Testament and is used in the Old Testament primarily of Israel. 10:38; 2 Pet. What does the Bible say about those who turn away from God? Interestingly, Hosea 14:4 contains one of the few uses of the word “backsliding” in the Bible. Lu. Notice the progression of then this then that. 1. The church loses a member 2. To fall away means to go through a period where we question or faith or return to unchristian ways after acting like a believer. Unfortunately some people who seem to start well in the Christian faith don’t finish well. 2:20 III. 9:62 3. Religious indifference. Divine displeasure. (Hosea 2:6,7) How To Help A Backslider To help a backslider, show him how to repent and return to God's salvation. The Lord says; “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.” Backsliding is serious business because the greatest sin in Christianity is the failure to grow up spiritually. II. Yet you are robbing Me! NO ONE GAINS BY BACKSLIDING 1. But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' If two or more witnesses accused someone of breaking the Law of Moses, that person could be put to death. Act on the ways to protect yourself spiritually. They are God’s enemies, and all they can look forward to is a terrible judgment and a furious fire. "Will a man rob God? Matt. Hebrews 10:26-31 No sacrifices can be made for people who decide to sin after they find out about the truth. The Lord loses a servant 3. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.' The term “backsliding” is a popular description of a person who at one time seemed so passionate about Jesus and now has “fallen away.” What are we to do with this passage when we know from the counsel of Scripture that nothing can take us away … WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RESULTS OF BACKSLIDING? The Jews, though they were God’s chosen people, continually turned their backs on Him and rebelled against His Word (Jeremiah 8:9). The Bible doesn't use the term backslide, but does use the phrase "fall away."