3 s BACK LIDING 1. The Problem 2. Who is a backslider? Why do people backslide?3. The Way Home for a backslider1. Today's lesson is about “Who is a Backslider?” “Why do people backslide?” Backsliding includes more than...i. Those who do not attendii. People who have fallen into a deep siniii. It begins in such a subtle way that many are not aware that they are beginning to backslide.
4 Who is a Backslider ?“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A DOG RETURNS TO HIS OWN VOMIT," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire” Pet. 2:20-22
5 2 Pet. 2:20-22 Who is a Backslider ? Escaped world Again entangled Worse than the beginningBetter not to have knownProverb ~ Dog / Pig
6 When we become a Christian... Born again - Jn. 3:3-5 BacksliderHas returned to SinWhen we become a Christian...Born again - Jn. 3:3-5Put on Christ – Gal. 3:26-27Give up evil - Rom. 12:1-2Quit sin of any form – 1 Cor.6:10Stops all worldliness –1Thes.5:22Starts doing spiritual thingsI. A BACKSLIDER IS ONE WHO HAS RETURNED TO SINA. No one can be described as a backslider unless he has first become a Christian1. Jn. 3:3-5 born again2. Gal. 3: put on Christ in baptism3. A Christian is one who gives up evil and starts doing good4. Rom. 12: a living sacrificeB. When one becomes a Christian they quit intentionally sinning against God1. He quits cursing, drinking, any other sin they intentionally practiced before2. He stops all forms of worldliness -3. I Ths. 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”C. He starts doing those things which are spiritual and uplifting1. He reads the Bible2. He prays3. He attends all worship services4. He tries to win others for Christ
7 Returns to cursing, drinking Stops attending services BacksliderHas returned to SinStarts back into SinReturns to cursing, drinkingStops attending servicesStops reading the Bible, prayingYou cannot be a worldly ChristianBACKSLIDER STARTS BACK INTO SIN!!A. Now if one who has been born again returns to cursing, drinking, and worldliness and hestops reading the Bible, praying, attending and showing concern for the lost, then he has become a backslider. You and I cannot be a “worldly Christian”. This when somebody tries to live as a Christian and a sinner at the same time.1.Those two words are incompatible2. Are you guilty of these things?3. Are you as interested in heaven as you once were?4. Are you as zealous as you once were.Trying to live as a ChristianAnd living as a sinner at the same time
8 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”1. You can't be a worldly Christian!! When we become worldly, we have become a backslidera. Some may try to live as a Christian and a sinner at the same timeb. We Cannot deceive God !!c. Gal. 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.Gal 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”Gal. 6:7-8
9 “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish”1. Gal. 5:16-25 describes how the flesh & spirit are in conflict v. 17 “or the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”Gal. 5:17
10 “Left” = abandoned, to leave BacksliderHas left his first love"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Rev. 2:4“Left” = abandoned, to leave“first love” = excitement when they first obeyedII. A BACKSLIDER IS ONE WHO HAS LEFT HIS FIRST LOVEA. Rev. 2:4 to church at Ephesus "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”1. They had not “lost” but “LEFT” their first love2. Left = abandoned, to leave, go away from one - implies that they could regain their first lovea. Left = they had a heart problemb. This condition robs one of the joy of believing and serving Godc. They had departed from the right motive for serving3. First lovea. When they first obeyed there was excitement and a thrill to serving Godb. But now it was quite different, and they were scolded for their backsliding
11 He is lukewarm and indifferent No excitement in his heart BacksliderHas left his first loveHe is lukewarm and indifferentNo excitement in his heartAttendance is not importantA. A backslider is one who has left his first love and therefore no longer cares as much about spiritual matters.1. He is lukewarm and indifferent2. There is no excitement in his heart about serving Christ.3. Attendance at worship is not important to the backslider4. Reading the Bible is neglected by a backslider.
12 BacksliderHas left his first loveMay come to worship, but does not worship because they are not engaged.1. The person who is lukewarm and beginning to backslide may come to the worshipservices but he does not worship because their hearts are not engaged in the worship to Goda. They do not sing. During the prayers their mind is on other matters.b. During the Lord’s Supper they are not thinking of Christ and His death.c. They do not give of their means, or they may give, but only out of necessity, and not with a cheerful heartd. He has become a clock watcher during the sermon and can’t wait to get out of the building.2. Living for Christ is not important for a backslider. Ten symptoms of Backsliding.3. A backslider is a person who has left his first love for Christ and now Christ is secondor third or way down the line and going farther down.
13 A backslider loves worldly things Occupied with thingsBacksliderA backslider loves worldly thingsJobSportsEntertainmentHobbiesIII. A BACKSLIDER IS ONE WHO BECOMES OCCUPIED WITH THINGSA. Many Christians have become backsliders because they have taken up with so many worldly “Things”.1. They are not committing some of the sins which others are committing.2. But they are occupied with material things.3. BACKSLIDER LOVES WORLDLY “THINGS”B. Here are some of the things which have caused them to backslide1. A job2. Sports3. Entertainment4. Hobbies5. Not that these things are inheritantly bad, but for the backslider, these things have been elevated far above their love for Christ
14 "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."Lk. 12:15
15 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”Matt. 6:24
16 Who is a Backslider ?Returned to SinLeft his first loveOccupied with things
18 Attacks in our weakest spot CausesSatan's AttackAttacks in our weakest spot“let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us” Heb. 12:1I. CAUSES FOR BACKSLIDINGA. SATAN’S ATTACKS1. The devil attacks a Christian in their weakest spot2. Heb. 12:1 “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us”3. Satan is well aware of the sins that are extremely enticing to you and me4. A person who has been a heavy drinker will be tempted to drink5. Those who have a hot temper will be tempted with impatience6. Someone who had difficulties with lust before they became a Christian, Satan will magnify that temptation for you after you become a Christian6. The Devil strikes where people are the weakest. And in doing this, he is able to regain many.Strong DrinkTemper???
19 An Impure heart leads to sin CausesImpure Heart“Blessed are the pure in heart” Matt. 5:8“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Prov. 4:23Gal.5:15 “bite and devour one another”An Impure heart leads to sinSin leads us to backslidingB. AN IMPURE HEART can cause us to backslide1. Mt. 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”2. Pro. 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”3. An impure heart will make us think evil of othersa. We will be suspicious of others and their actionsb. We will attribute evil motives to other church membersc. This will cause confusion, hatred, hurt feelings and unforgivenessd. Gal. 5:15 “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”4. An impure heart can cause us to backslide
20 Immature Confuse Unstable Backslide Causes False Teachers Gal. 1:6-7 “removed” “pervert the gospel”Gal. 3:1 “not obey the truth”Gal. 5:7 “who did hinder you”C. FALSE TEACHERS can cause us to backslide1. Paul warned the Galatians about this dangera. Gal. 1:6-7 “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”b. Gal. 3:1 “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?”c. Gal. 5:7 “Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Hinder = interfered2. False teachers can confuse and cause us to backslideb. Those Christians who are immature and unstable are easy victims for any false teacherc. They either cause us to follow their doctrines or we get so confused we just quit because we are not able to answer their false teaching.ImmatureUnstableConfuseBackslide
21 “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Cor.15:33 CausesEvil Companions“Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Cor.15:33Sin is not as badNot as cautiousBegin to do sameFriends withEvil peopleD. EVIL COMPANIONS cause many to backslide1. I Cor. 15:33 “Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."2. Sometimes when young people go away to college, or just away from home, they get in with the wrong crowd.3. But that can happen to us. Close companionship --or friendship-- with those who are evil causes us to look at sin with less horror.4. We then become less watchful and cautious5. It could be a close friend, or a spouse, or someone with whom we work.6. Before too long we will practice those things which are evil -- or we backslide
22 CausesEvil Companions“For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.”Solomon is an example of how this can happen –I Kings 11:1-4 He loved many foreign women, who served and worshipped false gods. 700 wives and 300 concubines. V 4 “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”1 Kings 11:1-4Solomon is an example
23 CausesPleasures of Sin“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” Heb. 11:25E. PLEASURES OF SIN cause many to backslide1. Heb. 11: we cannot deny there is some pleasure in sin!! “By faith Moses, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy thepleasures of sin for a season”2. Often Christians will think about the “good old times” they had before they becameChristiansa. They become weak and yield to the temptation to return to the world.b. They lose their love for God and their longing for heaven!c. Bible study and worship services become dull and very disinteresting to them.d. They want fun and pleasure “now”!!!3. But you cannot love both -- so they just change their love – and soon they backslide!Go back to sin
24 CausesBecoming Discouraged“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Gal. 6:9No one CaresOthers fallG. BECOMING DISCOURAGED is one of the major causes of backsliding1. Gal. 6:9 -- some just get tired and discouraged in the Christian life “And letus not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”2. Sometimes people feel that no one cares about them and they just quit3. Others get discouraged over some other Christian who has set a bad example4. Sometimes troubles in the church and quarrels will cause a person to become so disgustedthat they quit or backslide5. It is sometimes the case in a small congregation it is difficult to convert others,and all the work is on a few people and some of them get discouraged andbackslide.H. These are just a few of the many reasons or causes of people backsliding. The devilhas many weapons to use on Christians to try to get them back. He always strikeswhere people are weakest, and he is able to regain many!church troubles
25 BACK LIDINGsHeart problem“The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above” Prov. 14:143. The trouble with backsliders is their hearts!a. Their hearts are not right with Godb. Pro. 14:14 “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.”
26 Salvation Hear the gospel (Rom. 10:17) Believe In Jesus (Jn. 8:24) REPENT of your sins (Lk. 13:3)Confess your faith (Matt. 10:32-33)Baptized Into Christ (Acts 2:38)REMISSION OF SINSFaithful until death (Rev. 2:10)