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The term “backslidden” is often thrown around flippantly to describe a child of God who’s drifted from the straight and narrow. But backsliding is NO joking matter! While the term is never used in the NT, the word “backsliding” is used a dozen times in the OT to describe Israel in its relationship to God. 

The Hebrew word means “a defection” or “a turning away.” It literally signifies a nation or individual turning its back toward God, heading in another direction. It makes no difference where backsliding takes a man. The fact it takes him away from God as he shows God his BACK always ends in disaster!

One of the most profound OT texts is Exodus 33:18-23. Moses was preparing to lead Israel away from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land. He did NOT want to embark on the journey without the firm assurance God’s presence would be with him every step of the way. In a rather bold request, he asked: “I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” The Lord met him half way, for a full disclosure of that glory would have been fatal to Moses. So the Lord said: 

And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see MY BACK PARTS: but my face shall not be seen” (33:22-23). 

Backsliding is not a difficult concept to grasp. Instead of a desire to meet God face-to-face in worship with a view to fellowship and obedience, the backslider literally shows God his BACK in contempt as he walks away and pursues self-interests. 

When God shows a man his BACK PARTS, he does so to PRESERVE his life. But when a man shows God his BACK PARTS, he does so as the PRELUDE for disaster! 

Right now our government is showing God its BACK PARTS in a display of contempt for the Almighty. You need look no farther than House passage of the so-called “Equality Act” that seeks to obliterate God’s creative design. This is but a continuation in a series of God-defying legislation!

To say America is ‘backslidden’ is a gross understatement. It's turned its back on the God of its founding to pursue godless secularism. The question in my mind: “Will God in his mercy seek to turn us around, or simply allow us to walk over the cliff of national disaster with our BACKS to him?”


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