Apostasy and backsliding

Interesting, I just noted about apostasy some days back. Jul 8 exact.

Yet yesterday, this topic of apostasy and backsliding came out again.

Let us beware of the beginnings of backsliding, however small. We never
know what we may come to, if we once leave the kings highway. The
professing Christian who begins to say of any sin or evil habit, it is
but a little one, is in imminent danger. He is sowing seeds in his
heart, which will one day spring up and bear bitter fruit. It is a
homely saying, that if men take care of the pence the pounds will take
care of themselves. We may borrow a good spiritual lesson from the
saying. The Christian who keeps his heart diligently in little things
shall be kept from great falls.
~ J.C. Ryle

I read somewhere too about Apostasy. It goes something like, “Falls
deeper into hell as they fall from nearer to heaven.”
What’s apostasy?

a·pos·ta·sy [/uh/-*pos*-t/uh/-see]
–noun, plural -sies.
a total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles,
party, cause, etc.

Once again, I thank God for the hymns that He has put into my mind. What
song do you have in mind now?

I WOULD BE TRUE
I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.

I would be faithful through each passing moment;
I would be constantly in touch with God;
I would be strong to follow where He leads me;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.

Who is so low that I am not his brother?
Who is so high that I’ve no path to him?
Who is so poor, that I may not feel his hunger?
Who is so rich I may not pity him?
Who is so rich I may not pity him?

Who is so hurt I may not know his heartache?
Who sings for joy my heart may never share?
Who in God’s heaven has passed beyond my vision?
Who to Hell’s depths where I may never fare?
Who to Hell’s depths where I may never fare?

May none, then, call on me for understanding,
May none, then, turn to me for help in pain,
And drain alone his bitter cup of sorrow,
Or find he knocks upon my heart in vain.
Or find he knocks upon my heart in vain.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/07/14.

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