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Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Preacher Ron, Feb 12, 2004.
Do you think that Luke 15:11-24 is about backsliding?
Could be. But the context is about how God was willing to go to great lengths, even against the traditions of man (GASP!), in order to reach the lost. Jesus was being accused by the Pharisees of eating with sinners (again, GASP!), i.e. a non-Pharisee. Jesus then launched into a string of parables to explain how God views the redemption of one of these "sinners" that the Pharisees were grumbling about.
The word translated "backslide" (ONLY used in the OT since it is NOT a NT term) means "apostasy".
An apostate is far different than a backslider in the common use of the word. This is why there is so much confusion and searching for NT examples of backsliding.
Think "apostate" and it becomes clearer.