Friday, November 23, 2012

Cure for Backsliding


I recommend this article by Joe Thorn on The Cure for Backsliding:
The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.” Proverbs 14:14
A godly life is not a sinless life, but a life marked by faith, obedience, and repentance. Sin is an ongoing reality in a godly life, as is the act of killing sin. While no Christian is or can be perfect, he can be mature. And this not only means that in the church we will have varying degrees of maturity and godliness, but we may also have some who are not progressing in faith, but actually declining in it.
What is backsliding?
All Christians are sinners, but not all Christians are currently backsliding. Backsliding is not the loss of one’s salvation (this is impossible), nor the loss of God’s love and care (his faithfulness endures forever).
To say it simply, a backslidden Christian is one whose communion with Christ is waning and whose faith is weakening. I shared what some potential symptoms of a backslidden condition look like in a previous post on my site. Today, I would like to point us to the cure for a backslidden heart.
Much more at the link.