Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Back Slidden

What Does It Mean To Be Back Slidden?

Q. What does it mean to be backslidden? You say we cannot lose our salvation, or act in any way that will cause us to lose our salvation. The bible says sin will separate us from God. How can we sin and still go to heaven?

A. To answer your first question, backslidden is a term some believers apply to others who they feel have reverted to some of their former ways after becoming saved.

Personally I think all Christians are back sliders to some degree, and that those who accuse others of back sliding are judging them in violation of the Lord’s command.(1 Cor. 4:5) “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” is still good advice.

As to your second question, sin does separate us from God. That’s why we need a Savior. Jesus died so that our sins could no longer keep us out of God’s presence. Even after we’re saved we still sin, so Jesus had to die for all our sins, past present and future. After we’re saved we should still confess each time we sin so that God can purify us from all our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and continue to bless us, but our initial decision to accept the Lord’s death as payment in full for all the sins of our life is all that’s needed to assure our place in heaven (Ephesians 1:13-14)

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