How Long Does it Take You to Backslide?

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How Long Does it Take for You to Backslide?

  1. I've backslidden within a few minutes of prayer, confession, cleansing & devotion

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    11.8%
  2. I never backslide.

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    29.4%
  3. I backslide about once a week, and then get back to my walk!

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  4. I backslide more than once a week, then get back to my walk!

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    5.9%
  5. I backslide almost daily, then repent! Sometimes more than once a day!

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    23.5%
  6. I am backslidden now and need to walk with God consistently.

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    11.8%
  7. It's been a long time since I've backslidden.

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  8. I could never backslide away from God.

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  9. I hate being backslidden, it is miserable, but sometimes I stay there awhile!

    5 vote(s)
    29.4%
  10. I backslid once, I'll never do that again!

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
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  1. preacher4truth

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    I heard a preacher talk about this on the radio a while back, and I can't recall who it was. (Must've been an arminian!!!) :laugh:

    Anyhow, how long does it take you to backslide from your walk with God?

    This preacher said it can happen as fast as in 15 minutes.
     
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    Actually, it can happen almost immediatly...

    if married, just ask your wife about that!
     
  3. J.D.

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    I backslide as soon as I log on to BB.
     
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    A good laugh here from you both! Thanks, needed that!!!!

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :thumbsup:

    - Peace!
     
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    I've noticed. But that's why I'm here to catch you. :love2:

    Just kiddin...that was funny!!!:laugh:
     
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    I backslid while I was attempting to read through all those options. What happened to 2-4 choices? For those of us with free-will, this is just too hard! You got to remember we don't have God making the choice for us!!! ;)
     
  7. preacher4truth

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    Just think how backslidden you'd be typing them all!

    You must see those as "predetermined"' backslidings. :love2:

    Not to further confuse the situation, but I believe God leads us to testings, not to temptations, but then we are told to pray that we be not lead to them.

    But then again, testing of our faith is good for us, as faith that isn't tested must not be of much value, right? So there must be a permitted allowance there, that God must somewhow lead us there, perhaps in the same way He leads us to repent.

    - Peace
     
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  8. Dr. Bob

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    Backsliding is an OT concept (never mentioned in NT) and either deals with apostasy (far different than what evangelists spout off about) or stubbornness. Those actually are the two definitions of the two hebrew words.

    Amazing how NT preaching sucked this word (with totally new/wrong definition) and it becomes a staple in many messages. Sad.

    I have never apostasized and my stubborn heart was changed by the regenerating work of the holy Spirit into an obedient heart. Hence my choice in the poll - I could never "backslide".
     
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    LOL! I get what you are saying, as a matter of fact I haven't heard this term used in a long time. IFB's seemed to use it often enough.

    I think what people do is use it in a difference sense, not in the full sense of apostatizing from God, but as being lukewarm, or cold, indifferent.

    Spurgeon liked to use this term by way of application to the Christian walk.
     
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    Oh, I don't know about that. NT speaks of "you have left your first love" and such like. Seems to be the same idea to me.
     
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    This is the correct biblical teaching expressed here. The word is used 17 times in the OT.....16 of the 17 were used for apostate rebellious Israel as a nation....once for an individual use, but that person was also in rebellion and apostasy.

    many sermons are made about the christian who slacks off for awhile...in a loose sense by way of application all sin is a minny apostasy.
    True believers can never be said to be backslidden in a technical sense of the word the way God has used it.
    there are" no backslidden," or "carnal christians'
    Sin in the life is to be repented of......carnality in the life is sin...not a biblical lifestyle
     
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    By the way, yes, I was joking about backsliding when I log on to BB, but I'm not joking in my answers to the poll. Compared to what I SHOULD be, I am always in a backsliden state. The more I know about God's holiness, and my shortcomings thereto, the more I realize just how backslidden I am.
     
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    Okay, I take it back then...I'm not backslidden after all!
     
  14. Iconoclast

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    :laugh::laugh:
    :laugh::wavey:

    Jd......our best works fall short, we are at best unprofitable servants. Praise God we have this treasure in earthen vessels and H e is not finished with us yet
     
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    Did the church in Ephesus "apostasize"? No. To equate drifting from the heat/ardor of my first love with apostasy (turning my back on God) is not wise or valid. Light-year difference in idea here.

    The modern abuse of the OT term (trying, I assume, to drive numbers to the altar so the preacher looks like a success) is deplorable.

    (And a pet peeve of mine)
     
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    Okay, you and Iconclast have given me some things to think about, but I'm not convinced yet.
     
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    i have a message where the pastor opened up the words used in Hebrew.

    they never were used in the sense of ....slidding back....like a cow trying to climb a muddy hill and slidding back....
    it was used of the oxen who would throw off the yoke, have a refractory shoulder....the other word used was of a rebellious frenzied departing....

    Another technical term used in the OT...was thorns and briers.....always used of apostates....in isa, and ezk.:type::thumbsup:
     
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    That Depends...

    ....on how far down the slippery slope (of sin) goes. :wavey:

    Sorry, I couldn't let that slide by! You pose an interesting question, and I never thought of backsliding in time increments. However, put the way you put it, it makes sense.

    Since I've written my book, which contains the story of my 15 year slide from grace, I no longer refer to this sin as backsliding.

    I now refer to it as "going Prodigal!"

    Because in my 15 year walk from grace, I never once felt that I wasn't sinning. I was miserable, and highly aware of my wrong choices, and all that time. I never forgot my Father and His house and how comfortable and safe I'd be if only I'd return. However, pride, and tremendous guilt kept me away for 15 years, and I only considered going home once I was so deep in the mire of sin, that I knew, like the Prodigal Son, that at least my Father home would be much better than where I had slid to.
     
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    I think you need to define backsliding. From a biblical standpoint I don't believe it is possible for a Christian. The only ones accused of backsliding are the Jews as a nation, never any individual, and the ones who are always spoken of in this manner are lost, not saved and practicing sin. No one in the NT was ever called a backslider.
    So what constitutes backsliding in regards to the question?
    Personally I think claiming or calling anyone who has been saved a backslider is improper from a biblical standpoint. In fact based on scripture I think it is impossible for any believer (new testament believer) to return to sinning even for a short length of time.
    Whosoever is born of God doth not commit (practice) sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot (practice) sin, because he is born of God.

     
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    I totally agree. In fact you are the first one I have ever heard state this except myself. Every message on backsliding I have ever heard has been incorrect if one considers the biblical intent of the word.
     

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