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Clinging to a Counterfeit Cross
____________by James P. Shelly ____________


Can A Christian Backslide?
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We often hear the statement that a Christian is
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The difference is in how we relate to our sin and how we deal with it. Those in a covenant relationship with God are those who walk in the ways of God. In the
Old Testament, one of the ways of such a walk, because of God’s mercy, was to make animal sacrifice for sin. In the New Testament, confessing one’s sin to God is a part of walking in the covenant ways of God (1 John 1:9). So then, when the believer sins it is not because he has turned aside from God and is no longer walking in the way of God, backslidden in heart and filled with his own ways, but rather because of the weakness of his flesh he may fall into sin. Yet he abhors his sin, confesses it, and seeks to forsake it. If we define backsliding as individual acts of sin in the believer 's life we would rightly say that a believer, not only can, but will backslide. If

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however we define backsliding, as the Scriptures do, it cannot be true of the believer.
Prov. 14:14 says, "The backslidden in heart is filled with his own ways." The word here in the
Hebrew for "backslide" is "sug" which is the same word used in Psalm 53:3, "Every one of them has turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no not one." The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says of the word as it is used in this
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