Apostasy, otherwise referred to as backsliding basically means to abandon, renounce or toil with the faith one once believed, defended and even preached. In other words, apostasy is the falling away from the faith. In Christianity, apostasy is one of the most dangerous kind of sin a believer would ever commit. However, apostasy is not the unpardonable or unforgiveable sin like some believers and non-believers erroneously think.
Why apostasy is not same as the unpardonable sin
There’s a sin unto death: that’s the only sin that God will never forgive any one who commits it. That sin is known as the sin of blasphemy (the unpardonable sin) and not apostasy. Luke 12:10 – And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
Whereas, apostasy and the unpardonable sin are both hopeless state of backsliding. The latter is without forgiveness nor redemption just as the above scripture states.
The danger with backsliding
2 Peter 2: 20-21 – For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
Perhaps, you’re a believer who’s at the verge of taking your life back from Jesus (backsliding); consider the dangers associated with this and carefully begin to work out your salvation with fear and trembling; before you go from the level of apostasy to the point of no return.
The point remains that, we can’t be part of God’s kindgom while living in sin or outrightly backsliding. It’s an everlasting torment and torture for all unrepentant sinners (Revelation 14:10-11). Meanwhile, it’s going to be far worse for a believer who would backslid and go to hell.
Apostasy is very much as dangerous as the sin of the devil himself. The Bible says, for if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Therefore, I urge us all not to disregard God’s call of repentance from apostasy. It’s in our best interest to escape God’s wrath and judgment because anyone who dies in sin, will be separated from him to suffer forever (Mark 9: 43-44 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Finally beloved, total restoration is very possible if you’ve by any means wandered away from God. Do all you can to avoid eternal perdition because the day of the Lord’s return is imminent. The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus will come like a thief in the night; that’s when we least expect him to. Now is the day of repentance and salvation if you’ve backslidden or have never been saved.