The Difference between Apostasy and Backsliding
Jesse M. Hendley
My text today is John 6:67, in which the Lord said unto the twelve disciples, ''Will ye also go away?'' A group of disciples at this particular point in Jesus' life, who had been walking with Him, said to Him, ''We want to go with You, Jesus. We want to be saved and live with You here on earth and in heaven hereafter.''
These disciples suddenly turned around and left Jesus. They went away and broke His heart. They didn't want Him. They wanted religion. They had that. They had the Law. They believed in the Temple worship. They went through all the rituals, but they rejected Jesus Christ, the Son of God. They made the mistake many people make today.
In Distress About Salvation
I was preaching in a great church on a recent Sunday night, when, at the close of the meeting, a lady came to me who had heard the Sunday morning message. She was in tears as she said, ''May I speak to you?'' I escorted her to one side in order that we could talk. As she looked into my face, with agony she said, ''I accepted Jesus as my Saviour and I was about as honest about it as I knew how to be. (She was a young woman, just out of college.) I went into one of the big cities to a church and served the Lord. My heart rejoiced and I was happy in the Lord. I was studying the Bible, praying, and having a wonderful time serving the Lord. I had the assurance of salvation in my heart.''
''I then went off to college and became a part of the wrong crowd. I fell into sin and got away from the Lord. Not long ago I heard a preacher speak on apostasy who said if you ever leave Christ and go back into sin, you are lost forever and there is no way you can be saved.'' She looked into my face with agony, as she wanted to know what she was going to do. She said, ''Am I lost? Can I not be saved?''
I said to her, ''Little lady, believe the Word of God against any human being---any preacher, anybody or anything el ...
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