Nature of, and Tendency
How does God regard
Your wickedness will
punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider
then and realize how evil and bitter it is for
you when you forsake the Lord your God and
have no awe of me, declares the Lord
Almighty. Jeremiah 2:19. But my
righteous one will live by faith. And if he
shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.
What persistent tendency
did the Israelites display?
My people are
determined to turn from me. Even if they
call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt
them. Hosea 11:7.
To what is backsliding
But like a woman
unfaithful to her husband, so you have been
unfaithful to me, O house of Israel,
declares the Lord. Jeremiah 3:20.
Causes and Characteristics of
What inevitably leads to
departure from God?
See to it brothers,
that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving
heart that turns away from the living God.
In what ways did the
constant backsliding of the people of Jerusalem
Why then have these people
turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away?
They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.
I have listened attentively, but they do not say
what is right. No one repents of his
wickedness, saying, What have I done?
Each pursues his own course like a horse charging
into battle. Jeremiah 8:5,6.
What is the one characteristic
Every since the time
of your forefathers you have turned away from
my decrees and have not kept them. Return to
me, and I will return to you, says the Lord
Almighty. But you ask, How are
we to return. Malachi 3:7.
In response, what neglected
ordinance does God cite?
Will a man rob God?
Yet you rob me. But you ask, How do
we rob you? In tithes and
offerings. Verse 8.
What remedy is indicated?
Bring the whole
tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food
in my house. Test me in this, say the
Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw
open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so
much blessing that you will not have enough room
enough for it.
Because of Christs
plain teachings, what did some of His disciples
From this time many of
his disciples turned back and no longer
Backsliders Way Back to God
On what condition does
God promise His abundant mercy to sinners?
Let the wicked
forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy
on him, and to our God, for he will freely
pardon. Isaiah 55:7.
Why must the wicked forsake
their thoughts and ways in order to find
For my thoughts are
not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,
declared the Lord. Verse 8.
Note God desires that
we shall think His thoughts, which are right
thoughts, pure thoughts, and everlasting
thoughts. He desires also that we shall take on
His ways, which are the ways of pleasantness, and
walk on His paths, which are the paths of peace.
What is especially necessary
to prevent backsliding?
pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
What are believers warned
yourselves to see whether you are in the faith;
test yourselves. Do you not realize that
Christ Jesus is in you unless, of course,
you fail the test?
2 Corinthians 13:5.
If one has Gods
law in the heart, what will not occur?
The law of God is in
his heart; his feet do not slip. Psalm
backslider repents, what does God do?
Take words with you
and return to the Lord. Say to him: Forgive
all our sins and receive us graciously, that we
may offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria cannot
save us; we will not mount on war-horses. We will
never again say Our gods to what his
own hands have made, for in you the fatherless
find compassion. I will heal their
waywardness and love them freely, for my
anger has turned away from them. Hosea
Will there be special
danger of backsliding in the last days?
Because of the
increase of wickedness. The love of most will
What are some of the
evils against which we are specially warned at
Be careful, or
your hearts will be weighed down with
dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of
life, and that day will close on you
unexpectedly like a trap.
In view of the perils
surrounding us, what are we told to do?
Be always on the
watch, and pray that you will be able
to escape all that is about to happen, and that
you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.
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