Bible Verses, Quotes, Scriptures & Passages about Backsliding, Backsliders, Backslidden Christians. Backslider Christian – Examples From the Bible and in the Bible. Turning Away From God vs Getting Back Up Again & Turning Back To God. Consequences of Causing Others To Stumble, Leading Others Into Backsliding. How To Avoid Backsliding. Bible Verses About Redemption, Finding God Again, and How To Turn Back To God. Showing Love By Bringing Backslidden Christians Back To God. Bible Verses On Being Reconciled with God: Coming Back To God, Returning To God, Turning Back to God, Your First Love. Leaning on God, Trusting God, Reconciliation and Reconciling with God.
First we explore Bible Verses about Backsliding, Backsliders, and Backslidden Christians from the Bible (i.e. Turning Away from God). Next, we look at Scriptural Examples of Backsliding in the Bible, plus What the Bible says about leading others into sin, or causing others to stumble, and How to Show love by trying to bring Backsliders back to God. Finally, we explore Bible Verses about Turning Back to God i.e. Getting Back Up again, Finding Forgiveness, Redemption and Mercy from God, and Being Reconciled with God. Includes Repentant Prayer to God by King David after he sinned against God.
Bible Verses about Backsliding & Backsliders – Turning Away from God
See Also: Bible Verses about Repentance & God’s Forgiveness
Asking & Receiving God’s Forgiveness – Freedom From Guilt And Shame
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (The Lost Son) (An illustration on redemption and reconciliation with God, i.e. Finding God again)
Revelation 2:4, NASB “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
Isaiah 59:2, KJV But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Jeremiah 3:12, KJV “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.”
Examples of Backsliding in the Bible
1 Kings 11:9, KJV And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.
Galatians 5:4-7, NIV “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?”
Exodus 32:8, KJV “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”
More about Backsliders in the Bible: Examples of People who Sinned in the Bible
Consequences of Causing Others to Backslide, Sin, or Stumble, i.e. Leading Others into Sin & Backsliding, or Leading Others Astray
Proverbs 28:10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Showing Love By Trying To Bring Backsliders Back To God
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
James 5:19-20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Turning Back to God after Backsliding
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jeremiah 3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.
Jeremiah 3:13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
Psalms 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 6:4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.
Joel 2:13 “Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.” (NLT)
Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (ESV)
Isaiah 26:3-4 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (ESV)
Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Jeremiah 14:7-9 “Although our sins testify against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name. For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you…. You are among us, O LORD, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!” (NIV)
Psalms 130:7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
Psalms 80:3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Psalms 85:4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
Lamentations 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
God Forgives and Heals Backsliding, God Redeems Us
Are you a Backslidden Christian? Are you a Backslider Christian? Repent from your ways and turn back to God – God is eager to welcome us back.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Hosea 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
Psalms 147:11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Psalm 103:12 “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (ESV)
Micah 7:19 “Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!”
Psalms 85:8 “Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.” (ESV)
Finding God Again
A Prayer to God by King David after he sinned against God
Psalm 51:1-13, 17, ESV ~ Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
Unless otherwise indicated, scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).