Will the Lord Leave Him? (Bunyan)

 Most readers of this blog are familiar with these phrases: "Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love."  As a Christian, if you truly know your own heart, you know the reality of these words.  You know that things in this world have a strong pull and sometimes they… Continue reading Will the Lord Leave Him? (Bunyan)

Causes of Spiritual Decline (Newton)

Sadly, there is such a thing as backsliding in the Christian life.  It's also called wandering from the path of following Jesus.  Indeed, we are prone to wander!  There are various reasons why Christians do sometimes wander or backslide.  We could put it in the form of a question: What are some of the causes… Continue reading Causes of Spiritual Decline (Newton)

Backsliding: Two Steps Back

We know from Scripture and from experience that sometimes true believers fall into ugly sins and sinful patterns.  King David is one example; Peter is another; the church(es) of Corinth are yet another.  Many of us today have also stumbled as we follow Christ.  Like the Canons of Dort say, in some instances believers sinfully… Continue reading Backsliding: Two Steps Back

Where There is Fellowship, There Is Strength

 William Gurnall (d. 1679) has a great paragraph on the fellowship of the saints in his book, The Christian in Complete Armor. In one section, he discusses what he calls "recovery of declining grace."  In other words, if a Christian is not wielding his armor as he should, or if it is getting rusty, what is he… Continue reading Where There is Fellowship, There Is Strength