Definitions for backslideˈbækˌslaɪd
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back•slideˈbækˌslaɪd(v.)-slid, -slid; -slid•den, -slid•ing
(v.i.)to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities.
(n.)an instance of backsliding.
Origin of backslide:
drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.
To shirk responsibility; to renege on one's obligations or commitments.
to slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that has been professed
Backsliding, also known as falling away, is a term used within Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person turns from God to pursue their own desire. In Christianity, within denominations which teach Arminianism, such as the Methodist Church and Pentecostal Holiness Church, as well as in the Roman Catholic Church, backsliding is a state in which any free willed believer can adopt, which is a doctrine rejected by Calvinists. In these denominations, it is taught that the backslidden individual is in danger of Hell if he does not repent. Historically, backsliding was considered a trait of the Biblical Israel which would turn from the Abrahamic God to follow idols. In the New Testament church, the story of the Prodigal Son has become a representation of a backslider.
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