Hebrews 1038 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Luke 1124 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Galatians 49 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Luke 962 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
1 Timothy 515 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
Galatians 5: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Titus 1:16 - They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Lets review. In Proverbs we find that the backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways. Would this be a child of God? Does a Christian fill his own heart with his own ways? Or is his heart filled with Gods' ways?
In John 6 it tells us that the flesh profits nothing. Many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Does a Christian walk by the flesh or is he led by the Spirit? How can we be a Christian and walk no more with God. If then we don't walk with him, are we a Christian?
Hebrews tell us that if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him...are we then a Christian if we draw back? And the scripture saith, "Luke 12:32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Can we obtain the good pleasure of God and receive the kingdom while in a backslidden state? Are we a Christian in a backslidden state? Let the Word tell us.
It tells us in Luke that the unclean spirit went out of a man, which is what happens when we come in to the church. The unclean spirit leaves. But once we get in a backslidden condition, then this is what happens. Read it for yourself. "Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first." Are we a child of God when we take on seven other spirits? and our last state becomes WORSE than the first?? Judge in yourself. Are you a Christian with the devils spirit?
In Galatians...can we keep the commandments and judgements of God with a true heart and desire the beggarly elements of the world? He that is a friend of the world is an enemy of God. Are we a Christian if we are an enemy of God? Is Gods enemies his children? Judge in yourself. whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Luke 9 tells us very plainly that if we put our hand to the plow and look back...we are not fit. In other words...if we make a start for God, and take hold of the words of life eternal, and as it says in Galatians...we desire again to be in bondage, or as Luke puts it "looks back" ....we are not fit for the kingdom. Can we be a Christian and not be fit for the kingdom of God? Judge in yourself.
1 Timothy 5 tells us that some have turned aside....meaning they were in the church but backslid. "For some are already turned aside after Satan." Are we Christians to turn aside and go after Satan? Are we children of God to want to serve Satan?
The fifth chapter of the book of Galatians teaches us about the works of the flesh. Now while we are in a backslidden condition...in just these few scriptures that I have posed to you, and if we pay close attention...we will know that we are being led by the flesh (once in this backslidden condition). Now once we choose to be drawn away from God by the flesh, and return to the beggerly elements of the world, scripture tells us in depth what we are doing. Now while doing this, as the scripture says, are we a child of God??? Or would we be considered a sinner? The scripture don't refer to one before he came in the church...or to one that has backslidden. But it relates to the works of the flesh..whether before we came in the church OR we are in a backslidden condition. It makes no difference. There is no respect of person here. Can we do any of these " Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like" and be called a child of God? Can we be considered holy as He is holy, while we do these things? Can we say that we came out from among them and yet do the same thing as "sinners" ...If we commit the same sins in our backslidden condition as we did before we came in the church...we are still sinning. It does not make us a child of God, but a SINNER. Can you honestly say in your heart, by reading these verses of scripture, that people in a backslidden condition are children of GOD??? Judge in yourself.
In Titus they professed they knew God...backsliders will profess they know God "but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate "
Me"di*a`tor, n. [L. mediator: cf. E. m['e]diateur.] One who mediates; especially, one who interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them; hence, an intercessor.
Hebrews 86 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
Hebrews 1224 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Job 2828 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Those who make mistakes and reconsile through repentance is one of wisdom, and will continually be seperated from evil. Because this one has understanding. Contrary to a backslider who is disobedient and has dedicated their members to unrighteousness...is one lack of understanding. Therefore, the backslider is without and counted with sinners of the world.
Romans 6:13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
It tells us here not to use any part of our bodies as we may use them sinfully. But rather to give ourselves over to God, that we are alive in Him. Not dead in sin. Because our members of our body should be used for the righteousness of God. Once again, the difference between those who make mistakes and the backslider....is that those who make mistakes can reconsile through repentance, where those who are a backslider have to be reconsiled throught the same measure as the sinner. Because as we will see....through more study....the backslider is, by all means, a sinner. It is true that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God...it is true that we all make mistakes, but the measure of mistakes and willful sinning is a far as east is from west.
1 Corinthians 6:15Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
Now we see here once again, speaking of our body, which should be instruments of righteousness....a question was asked. Shall I take the members of Christ (or we can break this down, parts of our body) and make them the members of an harlot? Simple mistakes doesn't make us an out right sinner. But yeilding our members and pledging ourself and obligating ourself to sin...DOES. A mistake doesn't make you obligated to sin. For instance putting yourself into an adulterous situation is NOT a simple mistake, but rather an obligation to that sin. You have pledged yourself and give your members over to sinful ways. Refusing to obey and live Godly is not a mistake. This is an intentional state. Because a backslider has committed himself to the lifestyle of sin, unlike Moses....even though he made the mistake of smiting the rock instead of simply speaking to it. He never heartidly pledged himself to sin.
Look at this verse here. He spoke to them after the manner of men, which he is speaking of the flesh. Because of their weakness. They yeilded their members or their body, as servants to uncleanness and to iniquity. But now since we are in the church, we are not to do such things. Scripture says, "shall we continue in sin, God forbid." A backslider has yeilded their members to uncleanness and iniquity, intentionally. Someone such as Moses who simply makes a mistake that is not intentional, is not required for the same state of reconsiliation as a backslider.
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Another example of a mistake was Peter.