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What Happens to a Backslider?

Keith L. Brooks, Essential Themes, (Moody Press, Chicago; 1974), pp. 48-49

Attention-getter: The Christian who harbors secret sin in his life is looking for trouble.

1 John 1:8-9&md;"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

When a True Christian sins, what happens?

1. His Fellowship with God is severed. David, when backslidden, mourned, "Day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer" (Psalm 32:4). As Clouds hide the sun for days, so Sin comes between the soul and God.

2. The Joy of salvation is lost. One loses all relish for spiritual things: the heart is empty. David, in this condition, confessed, "My sin is ever before me" and "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit" (Psalm 51:3, 12).

3. Power for service is lost. The Holy Spirit's power is Essential for any real witness for Christ. It cannot be Faked. David prayed, "Thou desirest truth in the inward parts" and "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:6, 10).

4. The Christian invites divine chastisement. Hebrews 12:6-7&md;"Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth....What son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" (Psalm 89:32-33&md;"I will visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless, my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail."

5. There is loss of reward. (Read 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.) Out of Fellowship means out of Service&md;out of service means that one is failing to lay up treasures in heaven. He is building of "wood, hay, and stubble" which cannot endure the test of the rewarding day (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Many will be chagrined in that day by suffering Loss of Reward.

Take the Way Back Now. Psalm 32:5; 1 John 1:9.