The Difference Between Backsliding and Apostasy

“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely…”
(Hosea 14:4)

There is a wonderful difference between backsliding and apostasy (leaving the gospel). Apostasy is the conduct and manifestation of the carnal mind; and backsliding is sometimes from the temptations of the world, sometimes from want (lack) of food, and sometimes from want of watchfulness, but is always restored in God’s own time. For the promise in our text says, “I will heal their backslidings.” And this is traced to its source, “I will love them freely.”

Joseph Irons – 1850

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