Monday, January 11, 2021

Biblical Causes & Solutions to Backsliding / Apostasy / Leaving the Church

Biblical causes of backsliding & apostasy:

  • doesn't understand doctrine. Matthew 13:19 "When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path."
  • not enough root in the Word. Matthew 13:20-21 "The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away."
  • worries of life and deceitfulness of wealth. Matthew 13:22 "The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful."
  • miscomputation of benefits. Matthew 19:21-22, 29 "Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.". "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother [h]or wife or children or [i]lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life."
  • doesn't understand doctrine, lusting after wrong ideas. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
  • contrary doctrine. Romans 16:17 "I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them."
  • distorted gospel. Galatians 1:7-9 "Not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed."
  • immorality. 1 Corinthians 5:9-11. "I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one."
  • neglecting church. Hebrews 10:25 "Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
  • pride. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 "If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain."

Biblical Solutions:

  • Holy Spirit. John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
  • understand doctrine. Matthew 13:23 "But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
  • study. 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
  • listen to preaching. Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
  • ask for wisdom. James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
  • replace sin w/ God's Word. Psalms 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

Some EGW Quotes
  • Christians who are constantly growing in earnestness, in zeal, in fervor, in love,--such Christians never backslide. --Review and Herald, June 7, 1887.  {ChS 107.4}  
  • There is but one genuine cure for spiritual laziness, and that is work,--working for souls who need your help.-- Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 236.  {ChS 107.2}  

EGW Affirmations

Backsliding, among Friends 2SM 473 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, among God's people, astonishing TM 450 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, among God's people, astonishing TM 450, discord a result of 1T 246-7 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, before second advent, Christ foretold GC 309 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, cause of SD 89Te 19 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, cause of SD 89Te 19, among college students 4T 425 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, cause of SD 89Te 19, lack of watchfulness and prayer as LS 220 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, cause of SD 89Te 19, love of dress 4T 647 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, cause of SD 89Te 19, ministers' influence as 2T 620 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, cause of SD 89Te 19, sometimes concealed 4T 31-2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, cause of SD 89Te 19, tampering with tea and coffee Te 80 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, children's, parental neglect causes 5T 38 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, church leavened with her own 8T 250-1 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, confession of, needed 6T 4088T 11-2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, constant brooding over, no spiritual strength in 5T 741 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, continual, re health reform CH 578 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, evidence of, desire to urge men into public notice is 5T 75 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, first step in, often leads to complete apostasy 2BC 1000 |  (0 Likes) pts
Backsliding, from health-reform principles 9T 153 |  (0 Likes) ptsApostasy, Future, be surprised at nothing in line of 4BC 11702SM 147 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, deepest, God's people as lights during PK 189 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, leaven of, to work with increasing power 7BC 910 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, national, by Sunday law 5T 451 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, national, by Sunday law 5T 451, signal for national ruin 2SM 373 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, national, by Sunday law 5T 451, will end in national ruin 7BC 977Ev 235 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, ringleaders in 5T 212 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, test will bring FE 4606T 132 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, till conflict ends there will be PK 83 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, way for image to beast prepared by GC 444 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, will be seen in our ranks Ev 5936T 400-1 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, will develop into darkness deep as midnight PK 717 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Future, will increase Ev 3632SM 383 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, In early church, aid of civil government sought during GC 443 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, In early church, gradual, led to establishment of papal power GC 49-0GC 443 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, In early church, great, Paul foretold GC 49GC 444 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, In early church, in first centuries EW 210-3EW 226-7GC 42-9GC 298GC 384-5GC 551SR 322-4SR 354-58T 268T 241-2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, after rending of kingdom of Israel PK 109 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Ahab's reign marked by PK 1163T 273-86 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, at Sinai PP 315-30TM 98-102 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Bible presents results of PK 668 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, blessings of God's presence lost by PP 343 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, deeper, followed every reformation DA 28 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, developed gradually PK 55PK 147PK 296 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Elijah stood grandly alone amid 5T 526 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, gathered strength with passing years PK 384 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, God bore long with 3BC 1132 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, heathen abominations prevailed during PP 337 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, inquiry by many people during PK 326 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, in reign of Ahaz PK 322PK 331-2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, in Solomon's time 2BC 10262BC 10282BC 1032-3FE 499PK 47PK 51-84aSG 100-1 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Isaiah saw, in vision DA 590 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Jeremiah labored in time of PK 408 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Jews subject to Rome because of DA 602 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, laws given as safeguard against PK 620 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, leaders of, death penalty for PP 455 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, marriage and mingling with heathen led to PK 620PP 171PP 544-5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, more dreadful than famine PK 1273T 276 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Moses foretold results of PK 295 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, results of, in kingdom of Israel PK 281 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, speedily brought punishment PP 557 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, unparalleled, in Habakkuk's time PK 387 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Israelite, Zephaniah's warnings re results of PK 389 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, call, by its right name 1BC 11142SM 393 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, complete, backsliding often leads to 2BC 1000 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, fanciful views of God lead to 8T 292 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, God willing to hear and forgive in time of PK 334 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, honest souls led away by, will be rescued 2T 111 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, hosts of, we cannot avoid conflict with SD 41 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, how believers may fall into 5T 537 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, least deviation from right may end in 4T 578 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, minister's, does not change truth into lie 4T 595 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, minister's, does not change truth into lie 4T 595, neglect of light leads to 2T 627 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, obedience to God keeps men from PK 83 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, open, not more offensive than hypocrisy PP 523 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, Satan works to exalt, as truth TM 16 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, sign of, disobedience is 7BC 908 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, slight difference should not lead to CW 31 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, speak courage in time of 2T 515 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, those choosing, will perish with Satan 6T 407 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, through eternity all will be secure from DA 26 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, to enter new organization would mean 2SM 390 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, when light is not security against PK 83 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, why God permits 4BC 11522SM 394-5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, why many go off into rebellion in 1BC 1114 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Miscellaneous, widespread, not yet universal PK 171 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, among: God's people before Flood 5T 93 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, among: God's people before Flood 5T 93, Noah's descendants 1BC 1091-2PP 1182SM 412SR 728T 213 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, ancient, recorded as warning to us 3SG 5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, centuries of, treasure up wrath GC 286 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, church often afflicted by 5T 688 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, in 1844 LS 61-2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, in Abraham's time PP 125 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, in England GC 388 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, in every age of, people true to God PP 338 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, in Galatia, how Paul dealt with AA 383-8 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, in some churches in Paul's time AA 296 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, judgment will reveal heinous character of DA 58 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, man alienated himself from God by 5T 230 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, man's, has brought discord, wretchedness, and ruin 2BC 999 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, man united with Satan in FE 199 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, martyrs refused deliverance on condition of 4T 336 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, original, deplorable effect of MH 129 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, sad history of, exploited by infidelity 3SG 5-6 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, Satan and man became evil by GC 505 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, universal, how world was to be kept from PK 687 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Past, universal, how world was to be kept from PK 687, in Christ's time 5T 421 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, almost universal TM 151 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, almost universal TM 151, who will be able to stand in 6BC 1106 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, among God's people FE 197LS 3265T 72 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, characteristic PK 185 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, encouragement to stand for right during PK 177 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, general, promise to the obedient amid 4BC 1148 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, God's judgments invited by PK 305-6 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, great, will develop into darkness deep as midnight COL 414 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, in air we breathe 1BC 11142SM 582SM 394 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, met everywhere 4T 448 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, only obedience to God's requirements will keep man from PK 83 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, prevailing spirit of PK 1785T 79 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, prevailing spirit of PK 1785T 79, in religious world PP 166-7 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, prevailing spirit of PK 1785T 79, promises for the faithful amid PK 427 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, prevailing spirit of PK 1785T 79, similar to that of Elijah's time PK 170 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, regarding iniquity in heart leads to 5T 680 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, Satan diligently works to win men to TM 163 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, work of, culmination not yet reached in GC 389 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Present-day, world lies in Ev 18 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, abhor evil if you dislike the thought of TMK 254:5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, acceptance of, to get revenge 3SM 397:2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, begins in secret rebellion against God's law OHC 347:3TMK 254:4 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, character of some we trusted will develop into 3SM 411:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, cleansing of soul (from adultery) to avoid TSB 193:1 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, confederacy of, tries to divert allegiance of faithful Mar 204:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, darkness of, coming; use any method PM 324:5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, end of, after apparent success of Satan 3SM 393:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, expected in last conflict 3SM 425:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, first step in, is losing faith in writings of Ellen White PM 360:1 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, harm not to be feared because of 3SM 37:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, humility is antidote to Satan's type of TDG 16:4 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, illiterate safe from, with evidence of truth in heart 3SM 400:0 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, increasing, adds to accumulation of ages TDG 84:2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, increasing, until the Lord comes UL 352:2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, instruction in Rom. 12:9 for those who find, grievous OHC 347:5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, light and blessings no security against UL 310:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, national, God will work for His people in time of 3SM 388:5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, national, registered in heaven when religious liberty sacrificed Mar 216:2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, national, ruin follows LDE 134 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, nominal Christianity in time of, is greatest fear 3SM 399:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, now is time of, with seducing spirits (1907) 3SM 408:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, obedience keeps people from UL 318:4 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, others led astray by those in; we are not to join them 3SM 412:0 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, prevailing spirit of our time TMK 206:2 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, rapid descent in, after believer listens to temptation OHC 347:4 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, rebellion against God's law begins AG 333:4 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, replacement of ones leaving because of Mar 200:63SM 422:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, rise of, known from beginning by God and Christ LHU 74:6 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, safe in time of, by living experience 3SM 399:3 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, security from, light does not provide, unless received UL 318:4 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, Solomon's, misusing talents caused CC 193:5 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, stopped if ministers studied character of Christ 3SM 187:1 |  (0 Likes) pts
Apostasy, Supplement, truth held too lightly prepares for 3SM 415:4 |  (0 Likes) pts