“Don’t backslide!”


From Pastor’s Desk:

Romans 8:38-39 …I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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That’s a pretty good list of horrible things that, even though they are powerful, does not have enough power to separate us from the love of God. Note that it says “…from the LOVE of God.” There are some who will invoke the concept of never being separated FROM God, often using Jeremiah 3:14, in that God is “married to the backslider…” (Paraphrased).

The word backslider is used only once (Pro.14:14) in Scripture, according to my source, but the word backsliding is used twelve times in twelve verses, and means, or has to do with, apostasy, a turning away, and going back. Remember that Israel, a few times, grumbled, murmured, and complained and almost went back to Egypt, or back into slavery.

The Prodigal Son left the care of his father and wound up in the depths of despair in a pigpen (Luke 15). While he was away, estranged from his father, the father could not care for him as he desired to do, though he still loved him as much as ever. Only when he came to his senses and came back to his father, was he restored to his rightful place as the father’s son.

Point being, in my opinion, that even though our heavenly Father will eternally love us, and there is no power strong enough to take us out of the parameters of that love, we still have the free will to make a choice of staying in the Father’s “house” or taking our inheritance and squandering as the Prodigal son did. Or, we can choose to “go back to Egypt” and place ourselves under bondage again.

To which I would offer Paul’s words of Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, and be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Or, in other words, “Don’t backslide!”

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