Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6
- Backslide: “To draw back or apostatize in matters of religion (Acts 21:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 4:1). This may be either partial (Proverbs 14:14) or complete (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:38, 39). The apostasy may be both doctrinal and moral.”—Easton’s Bible Dictionary. “To slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that has been professed.”—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary.
Life vs Death:
But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Ezekiel 18:24 ◊ Read commentaries for this verse here.
Should ‘backsliders’ be warned?
Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul. Ezekiel 3:20-21
Ezekiel 3:20-21 Commentary: “If we warn the wicked, we are not chargeable with their ruin. Though such passages refer to the national covenant made with Israel, they are equally to be applied to the final state of all men under every dispensation. We are not only to encourage and comfort those who appear to be righteous, but they are to be warned, for many have grown high-minded and secure, have fallen, and even died in their sins. Surely then the hearers of the gospel should desire warnings, and even reproofs.”—Matthew Henry.
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 2 Peter 2:20-21 ◊ Commentary.
Rev. David Wilkerson – “The Awful Consequences Of Backsliding.”
Pastor Greg addresses—”Can I lose my Salvation”?
Living Waters; Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron; True and False Conversion.
When ‘doctrines’ collide (amongst Christians AND Scripture): A question for the proponents of Calvinism and Arminianism—What if I’m wrong? ¹ if incorrect—which view would have the most devastating result?