Backsliding is a very common thing among Christians which has started not just in our days but can be traced way back in the nation Israel in biblical times. Every Christian can be a victim of Backsliding and therefore must be careful and take seriously what am about to share in this article.
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, the founder and presiding Bishop of the United Denominations Originating from the Lighthouse Group Of Churches (UD-OLGC), formerly known as Lighthouse Chapel International (LCI). The Bishop who is also the famous author of the Loyalty series and many other books revealed in his book, 'Backsliding' some symptoms of a backsliding Christian. One of this these symptoms is so crucial that I want to draw every Christian's attention it.
The crucial is sympton is: Bad Company
"Experience in the ministry has taught me to take note of any Christian who keeps bad company. It is a very bad symptom, with a very poor prognosis. Bad company will eventually lead you to bad places. When you see a Christian who has bad friends, it is likely he will find his way out of church oneday. Bad company ruins good morals. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (Revised Standard Version) There is a saying: “Birds of the same feather flock together.” One Ghanaian proverb can be rendered: "Show me your friend, and I will show you your character." This means that we can tell the kind of person you are by just looking at the kind of friends you have. Within every large church there are smaller groups of Christians. When you observe these groups, you will discover that they are people with the same kind of “feather”. The friends you move with will either lead you to church or to bad places. If you are a real believer and you want to remain in Christ, then you need to have good friends. They should be real born-again Christians, who attend a “born-again” church. They must believe the things you believe. You must go to church together.
Your friends must not have anything against your going to church. If they do, they must not be your friends! “Do” Them Before They “Do” You If you keep bad friends they will eventually convert you, or you will convert them. We had this saying in my school, (Achimota School) "Do them before they do you." This is a warning to influence your friends before they influence you! The way to deal with bad company is to convert them and bring them to Christ, before they cause you to backslide. This, you must realize, requires a lot of wisdom and if you are not a stable Christian yourself, don't attempt converting your bad friends - you may fall away! Can Your Wife Be Bad Company? Some people do not realise that the person they marry will keep them company for the rest of their lives, and this 'marital company' will truly affect you. This is how King Solomon, who built the temple and accomplished great things for the Lord, eventually backslid. The Bible tells us that his wives turned his heart away from God. Solomon's wives were bad company for him. You do not need to expose yourself to the circumstances of bad company. You are not more anointed than Solomon. If the Bible warns that bad company can ruin your life, you'd better believe it and save yourself! Every wife affects her husband, and every husband has great influence over his wife. Whoever you are, your wife will influence the way you think. If your husband thinks in a certain way, in the process of time, you will eventually think in the same way. I remember a sweet old lady who had nothing against other races. However, after being married for many years to a racist, she became prejudiced herself. If your wife does not want you to be in the ministry, you will not be in the ministry. I know this from experience. If my wife had opposed my going into the ministry, I don't think I would have been able to come this far. That is why I am very concerned about who my pastors get married to.
Bad company - whether friends, brothers, husbands, or wives - will lead to backsliding. Stay clear! Looking Backwards In Genesis 19, we can study the testimony of Lot and his wife. Two angels were sent to Lot and his family in Sodom and Gomorrah. Their message was simple: …Escape for thy life, LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE…lest thou be consumed. Genesis 19:17 But the Bible declares that Lot's wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Jesus also reminds us of the terrible mistake that Lot's wife made as she was escaping from Sodom and Gomorrah. She was the only member of the family who looked back at her past. We can liken this to believers who backslid because they kept looking back at the world and all it had to offer. As born-again believers, God has delivered all of us from sin, and it is important that we do not look back. I Went out with Many Men I always remember the story of a lady who stood before a Christian group to testify. She happily recounted what she had done as an unbeliever: "I used to go out with many men. They would pick me up to party with me at nightclubs and discos. I danced all night with them. It was great." She said. With great excitement in her voice, she told the Christians: "I traveled all over the world with them. We really had a good time." Then her voice dropped and she sadly said, "But I got saved, and here I am in church." To her, salvation was rather the 'bad' thing that happened to her. It was as though being saved was an unfortunate experience. This woman was looking back to the expensive cars, the chinese restaurants and the “good” times she had had as an unbeliever. If you keep on thinking and remembering your past sinful life with nostalgia, you will turn into “a pillar of salt”! When you see a married woman who talks with excitement about her past boyfriends, then you are looking at a woman who may not be happy where she is. It is most probable that she may want to go back to her “great” guys. You will go back if you keep looking back. And you will fall if you keep looking backwards. I am looking ahead, and I intend to go forward with God's work. As a medical doctor in full-time ministry, I could look back and consider returning to the practice of medicine. There are times when I can remember the peculiar smell of the hospital. I remember those days when I walked the wards and heard the patients call, "Dr. Mills", "Please, Dr. Mills." But I am not looking back. I am going forward, preaching, teaching and planting churches all over the world. I have no intention of going back to the full-time practice of medicine. "
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