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Can God Bless The Back-Slidden

How likely is it that, when a Christian has back-slidden and is living far from God, that He will bless them greatly. Is it more likely that He will withhold His blessings until they repent?

Moderator - I would believe the blessing would be turning the back-slidden person back to Him however that needs to happen. Anything else other than back to Him would be side-tracking for the sinner.

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It seems to me that the term back-sliden is subjective to which Christian religion you use for a gage. You might be black-sliden in one church, but not in another. My own Pentecostal daughter thinks I'm going to hell because I wear a wedding ring. Her Pentecostal uncle, same brand of church, thinks she's going to hell, because she has a TV and computer in her house, like I do. See? Why are Christians so busy sending each other to hell? Isn't that God's job?
---matth9533 on 6/10/08


When I had backslidden once in my walk with the Lord, I remember what being in that backslidden state was doing to the relationship between God and myself. I was so miserable that I repented and turned away from this sin that I commited against the Lord. After I truly repented and asked for forgiveness, my fellowship was totally restored between my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and myself. I do believe that the Lord will withhold blessings from you until you repent, from my own experience in this.
---Cynthia on 9/27/07


It says in the bible that God is married to the backslider. Even though a person backslides, God still loves them. He still blesses them everyday that they are alive, by natural things. He does not however bless them with spiritual things.
---Rebecca_D on 9/27/07


As is said, Echad/God loves the sinner, but hates the sin, Echad/God is also married to the backslider [Jer.3:11-15; Heb.6:1-3, 4-6], but will not give them a "waiver" to sin, & bless them at the same time! Most talk about generation curses, some are blessed simply because of the faithfulness of parents, etc & not their unrighteousness or backsliding! Broad is the way to destruction, narrow is the gate to life!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/8/05


God's love, if we only knew how deep it goes. I was at 49 years of age, all of my life I could feel God with me, even at my worst. He showed me His love and I still refused it. Even backsliding after being saved, His love was with me. We're human, we're gonna mess up ... and God's love will always be there to guide us back to Him, and that's where I want to be. He blessed me when I backslid, His love never faltered, what a true blessing that it.
---Nellah on 11/20/05




Bruce, "And YHWH God said to the serpent, Because you have so done, most cursed be you of all cattle and of all beasts of the field: upon your belly will you go, and earth will you eat, all days of your life." So clearly the serpent was blessed and standing upright before he was cursed and put down on the ground." So he was Heylel the beautiful creature of God, until sin was found in him, and then God cast him out into the earth along with Adam and his wife.
---Eloy on 10/31/05


God blesses when you are in obedience to Him.
---Cyndi on 10/31/05


Where does it mention the angel named Heylel? I have never seen that name in the King James Bible!
---taylor on 10/25/05


Eloy,
Genesis 3:1, "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"
That clearly states that the tempter came to Eve in the form of a serpent. Not a beautiful angel.
---Bruce5656 on 10/25/05


Eloy ... "the beautiful angel Heylel who tempted Eve"
My Genesis just calls it a serpent that tempted Eve. Does the name and beauty come from elsewhere in the Bible?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/25/05




Our loving Father is ever faithful to accept his wayward children back into the fold. The choice is up to us. Folks we serve a loving God, but we must do life His way, not ours. We only make ourselves miserable when we turn away from Him; in other words we punish ourselves when we separate ourselves from God by sinning against Him. He is merciful and just to forgive when we repent.
---Elsie on 10/25/05


Bruce, yes, the beautiful angel Heylel who tempted Eve, and whom God cursed and turned into a snake putting him down on the earth to eat dirt.
---Eloy on 10/24/05


Some of you wrongly assume that I am the backslider in question. I am observing in a backslidden person poor health, lack of funds and several other things. Linking this to another of my questions, I am also wondering if the 'gift' of tongues received during this state was of God or the devil. Would God give this gift to someone living their life so far removed from the way He would want? Or, could the devil be trying to confuse and give the impression everything must be fine if such a gift is given?

Moderator - You would need to use discernment for the tongue issue, but I do understand your point. Tongues is a gift and has nothing to do with the maturity of a Christian. For example a very mature Christian may never speak in tongues while a very immature Christian may speak in tongues. But yes, some can decieve themselves into thinking they are a mature or Holy Christian because they speak in tongues when in fact it is just a gift.
---M.A. on 10/24/05


2. If God condemned you while you have backsliden, He would be pushing you away from Him even more. But instead, He will make it possible for you to come back because of the promise. He hates sin but loves the believer because he is His child. That is why I am in agreement with the Moderator.
---Lupe2618 on 10/24/05


Psalms 66:18, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:"
---Bruce5656 on 10/24/05


God forgives all who truly repent.
---clark on 10/24/05


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Eloy,
The THREE? in paradise? Adam, Eve and ???
---Bruce5656b on 10/24/05


M.A. I am with the moderator, I believe that God continue to bless you in order to bring you back. If you are a true Christian the Bible says that He will give you the ability to get you back to His flock. What others answer is condemning the believer and He will not condemn us but help us back. If you believe in Him. If not, you were never one of His to begin with.
---Lupe2618 on 10/24/05


No Emcee, you may not assume that.
---M.A. on 10/24/05


When the three in Paradise decided to rebel against God, he cursed them and threw them all out of the garden. When they humbled themselves and turned their hearts back to God, then he forgave them and blessed them again. God does have a big heart, but he will condemn and curse sin wherever it is. Thus there is blessing and cursing with God, and he made a heaven and a hell, and so it is with obedience and rebellion. He says, Come to me and be filled, but if we don't then we won't.
---Eloy on 10/23/05


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In my opinion God does not withhold any of His love or blessings from a "backslider" They are constant. What really happens is that as we go wondering away from God we withdraw ourselves from His sphere of blessings a la Prodical Son.
---Pierre on 10/23/05


matth9533, I like your answer.
---a_friend on 10/23/05


First, to matth9533. You seem to have a wrong idea of what backsliding means. The dictionary says to backslide is to 1.)lapse morally or in the practice of religion, 2.) to revert to a worse condition. It has NOTHING to do with what church you go to,and EVERYTHING to do with one's relationship with God.
Now to M.A. No, God will not bless one who is backslidden until he repents and goes back to God. I know this from experience.
---Melissa on 10/23/05


As one who HAS been backslidden, I can assure you that I missed blessings. It wasn't until I returned to God that blessings were recieved. Look at it this way: if your chid disobeys, do you reward them? No. Then why should God reward us for disobediaence?
---MC on 10/23/05


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