How to be a successful Backslider by Derek O Swann.


It is a miserable thing to be a backslider. Of all the unhappy things that can befall a man, I suppose it is the worst. A stranded ship, an eagle with a broken wing, a garden covered with weeds, a harp without strings, a church in ruins – all these are sad sights, but a backslider is a sadder sight still” – J C Ryle

 

The golden rule of backsliding is ‘a little at a time’. Backsliding cannot be achieved overnight; it takes time and effort to be a really successful backslider. Most people make the mistake of believing that some great sin will start them on the road to successful backsliding, but this is a grievous error. When we hear of Christians falling into some disastrous sin, it is more likely to be the result of steady backsliding than the cause of it. A brick wall doesn’t collapse without there being some reason, such as decaying mortar or crumbling foundations. When Christians fall, you can be assured that there has been some steady or serious crumbling, somewhere.

 

To the would be backslider here is some sound advice:

FIRST, you must abandon the practice of prayer. However, this must be done very carefully, and with as little fuss as possible. Don’t give up praying altogether, otherwise you will frighten your conscience into action and that is fatal. Remember the secret is ‘a little at a time’. Don’t be in a desperate hurry; try to be as busy as you can, preferably in Christian work, so that you have less and less time to devote to prayer. You can always quieten your conscience by telling it that while you haven’t been praying as much as you should, you have at least been doing the Lord’s work in other ways.

SECOND, you must stop reading the Bible. But again, remember to ease your way out gently or you’ll have your conscience shouting at you. Some have found it useful to substitute the reading of good Christian books instead of the Bible, and then quietly to drop these off. In this way you hardly notice that you’ve stopped reading the bible!

THIRD, you must misuse all opportunities for Christian Fellowship. It is advisable not to break off contact with other Christians, otherwise your conscience will prick you and one of your friends might become suspicious, and try and help you. When you meet with other Christians don’t talk about the Lord Jesus Christ, but about other things. Discuss events, people, books, the weather, the latest fashions, anything in fact but the Lord Jesus Christ.

FOURTH, you must get as much of a worldly spirit into your life as your conscience will allow. There are several ways in which you can do this. Love of money is a sure winner, as long as you remember to call it ‘thrift’. This is a very respectable sin and will hardly be noticed by your Christian friends. Again under a cloak of spiritual zeal, you can dabble in al sorts of  worldly alliances which will help to weaken your spiritual resistance. For example, you might engage in an intimate friendship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, and justify it on the grounds that you may win this one to Christ. Many a Christian has been kept in a healthy state of backsliding by this means.

FIFTH, you must as soon as possible make a resolution that one day you will mend your ways. This is very important because it helps you subdue even the slightest twinges of conscience. You can always say you intend to do something about matters ‘one day’. But, remember, don’t decide when that ‘one day’ will be; keep it as vague as possible, and try not to think too much about it.

LAST OF ALL, you must try to forget that backsliding brings great dishonour to God. Never allow this thought to stay in your mind for a moment, otherwise you cannot succeed as a backslider. Say to yourself  ‘I’m not hurting any one, and – in any case – if anyone suffers it will be me.’ Refuse to think of the dishonour that a backsliding Christian brings to God. Tell yourself that you are the only one who will suffer. If once you begin to realise that backsliding drags down the name of God into t he mire, you won’t succeed. Fear of dishonouring Him is one of the chief deterrents.

Your own wickedness shall correct you,

and your backslidings shall reprove you:

know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,

that you have forsaken the Lord your God,

and that My fear is not in you,

says the Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 2:19

I will heal there backslidings,

I will love them freely:

for My anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:4

 

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Herts, England

 

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Rubbish!


Bin Contents

Litter Bin Contents

 

Observing life from the vantage point of my good news table I was struck today by how much we rely upon those who keep our towns and cities tidy.

People produce junk, rubbish or litter, and so on our streets rubbish bins are appropriately placed. The public have been well trained – are you old enough to remember the ‘Keep Britain Tidy Campaign’ of a previous generation? If you visit Pickering you will notice that it is generally clean and tidy, stand and watch for a minute and you’ll see people dropping their empty bags, bottles etc., into the appropriate receptacle . Closer observation will reveal the local authority worker picking up odds and end from the pavement and taking them away. Pickering is pretty because of this constant attention to detail, one can only imagine how unpleasant a place this would be if all our trash was left unattended!

plastic bottles and other rubbish on the heavily polluted river              or:canstock6411473

 

 

 

I hope you are in agreement so far, but what if I were to say that there’s another kind of rubbish which we create and is piling up around us day and daily? You know what I mean, its often just in our minds – evil thoughts, wicked schemes, careless living – using the resources God has supplied and indifferent to the mess we are making.  Some might be asking, ‘What are you taking about?’ Let’s be clear, if we could see ourselves from God’s perspective, our lives are a mess, just like the rest of mankind. The reason our world is such a mess is standing in your shoes, sitting on your chair, lying on your bed – YOU!

The Bible says:

James 4:1 (NKJV) Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

For those who can see this, the Good News is that Jesus Christ has lived, died, is risen and ascended to put an end to such strife and its chaos by transforming people from troublemakers into peacemakers – and this includes you, should you desire it.

Romans 5:10 (NKJV) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Need to know more – just ask – or come and see me – most Saturdays in beautiful Pickering Market Place.

Telling the world how and where people can be cleaned up.

Telling the world how and where people can be cleaned up.

 

Scientism, the Religion of Closed Minds


SCIENTISM A recent dialogue with a young man from Manchester exposed the awful prejudice against the Gospel that seems to permeate the younger generation.

It all began when I commented that our school children should be allowed to make up their own minds on how our world came into being, that the arguments for Evolution should be presented together with those for Intelligent Design.

“I’m happy for them to have ‘all’ the evidence and then let them make up their own minds, isn’t that what education is about?” I wrote.

“you can tell them that people believe in god. But you could never give them any evidence because there is none.” Was one of the replies.

Links to peer reviewed research from the Discovery Institute simply resulted in a plaintiff cry to a certain Mr Dawkins for evaluation.

http://www.discovery.org/a/2640 

Suggesting that they see for themselves that many eminent ‘scientists’ are not convinced by the fairy tale called ‘evolution’ I gave them this link:

http://www.discovery.org/a/10661 

Pointing out that the so called ‘big bang’ is not and cannot be scientifically verified cut no ice. Attempts to demonstrate that there are other types of ‘evidence’, and that our whole study of history and that of our law courts relies upon evidence and facts was dismissed as make believe.

This quickly exposed the hand of my correspondent, the only evidence allowed is what he deigns to be evidence. Nothing must be allowed except that which he decides can be scientifically verified. This is religion at it’s worst – Scientism!

From here on in abuse and ridicule became their way to deal with serious discussion, no matter what I proposed, the self appointed judge and jury of Scientists barred it as inadmissible.

THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE WHO WILL NOT SEE.

My assertion that there is historical evidence for the existence of God in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is simply scorned:

“every one of the pieces of evidence was simply someone’s account of the event. That isn’t evidence by any measure”.

“there’s no actual physical evidence to support it. Just what’s written in people’s accounts of the event.”

By this standard our courts of law have no basis for operation, and history has just become bunk!

I’M GLAD TO SAY THAT DESPITE THE BLUSTER AND SMOKE SCREEN THE EVIDENCE FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE STANDS UNTARNISHED.

Look here I said:

www.bible.ca/d-resurrection-evidence-Josh-McDowell.htm

But closed minds have no place for facts, they simply spew a flood of scorn!

I even wanted him to see that his own arguments have been ably demolished, but to no avail:

http://academics.holycross.edu/files/crec/resurrection-debate-transcript.pdf

I DREAD THE DAY SUCH PEOPLE ARE IN POSITIONS OF POWER AND INFLUENCE.

But wait, it’s too late, Scientism has become the official religion of our education system.

Read the dialogue in my profile here:

https://twitter.com/WHorsburgh

What are we to do? Be Patient, Watch and Pray. Those Ivory Towers Will Tumble.

Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”