I know that there are many causes of backsliding, but in this blog, I will try to give you the predominant causes, as the Lord has shown me. The first one, which I will discuss in this blog, is shallowness.
…and these have no root, which for a while believe… Luke 8:13
The parable of the sower gives various reasons why some of the seeds could not grow. Some seeds could not grow because they fell on rocky soil. Jesus explained that these are the ones who receive the Word of God with joy, and even believe for a while. But in the time of testing, they fall away because they have no root.
Everyone Will Be Tested
A time of testing will surely come for every Christian. If you are shallow, in the time
of testing, you will fall. Through experience I have noticed that many Christians do not have deep roots. They do not know God for themselves. They cannot even explain why they do the things they do. They don’t know why they belong to a particular church. They do not know why they speak in tongues. They do not even know why they give offerings. When they face a little criticism, they get confused and have no defense. Having no personal experience with God, these are the people who can never say, “God spoke to me.” They have no convictions of their own.
A preacher once said, his close friend who brought me up in the Lord deviated from Christianity, and became a member of a cult. But I did not follow him into that cult because I had my own deep-rooted convictions. I know why I am serving the Lord, and so my father, mother or closest friend cannot change my mind. Many Christians who are not rooted in sound biblical doctrine can easily be persuaded to follow fables. Some born-again believers fall away because they do not know the difference between the true Gospel, and the beliefs of sects like the Jehovah Witnesses.
A Preacher said he one witnessed to the Jehovah’s Witness, he said, he was standing at an intersection in the city of Accra, when a Jehovah’s Witness came up to him to try to convert him to his faith. He asked, “Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?”
I replied, “I certainly do!” Then I asked him, “Have you heard of ‘speaking in tongues’?”
He said, “Yes. But I don’t believe in it.” So I asked him, “What is this…?”
Then I released a string of tongues in the direction of this sincere (but sincerely wrong) gentleman. This ended our conversation. He fled! If I were not convinced that speaking in tongues is an ability which comes with the Holy Spirit, he could have confused me.
But I knew my Bible, and I knew (as I still do today) that the Holy Spirit is from God, and speaking in tongues is one of His gifts. Don’t just speak in tongues because others are speaking in tongues. You must know why tongues sounds like a monotonous and repetitive language. It is because the Bible says, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people” (Isaiah 28:11). Tongues is described as a stammering tongue. It is not just an ordinary language. It is a heavenly language that comes out in a stammering fashion.
Will You Fall at the Next Crisis? You may be in a church, but if you are not “deep” you will fall away at the next shaking and crisis. Next time there is a problem in the church, yourmembership and commitment will be shaken. Only a shallow Christian would fall away when a great man of God gets into some scandalous sin.
What have the sins of that man of God got to do with your own salvation? Why on earth would you think of leaving Christ because of your pastor’s mistakes? Christians behave in this way because they themselves are shallow!
Don’t Follow Me, If I Don’t Follow Christ
Even though am the pastor of a very large church. I know many people would do anything I tell them to. But I will always tell the church members not to follow me if I do not follow Christ. After all, I am also a man, and can make mistakes. I tell them, “If I tell you to do something that is not biblical, do not do it. Only do things which can be supported by the Bible.” If you are not sure about anything your pastor is saying, just ask him, “Please Sir, what is the scriptural basis for this new revelation?”
Not abiding by this principle is the reason why some so-called pastors can bathe their members in the nude (what they call “holy” baths). Some so-called ministers are also able to dupe people out of all their earthly possessions. This is because the pastors know that they are dealing with shallow people. Paul said, “Follow me as long as I follow Christ.” He was a man subject to like passions, so whatever he did had to be scrutinized by the book of books: The
Bible! Did you know that Aaron led the people of Israel to build a golden calf after God
had delivered them from Egypt? These people were saved all right, but were shallow in their experience with God.
When Moses was held up on the mountain, the Israelites in their shallow faith, turned shortly to idols and declared, “These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought
thee up out of the land of Egypt.”Don’t be shallow and light, blown about by every wind of doctrine! Don’t just follow the crowd! It is shallow people who just follow the crowd.
Following the Crowd Can Be Dangerous
Many became calf worshippers in the days of Aaron because they followed the crowd.
Many murmured and were destroyed in the days of Moses and the ten spies
because they followed the crowd. Many got involved in the killing of Jesus, the Son of God because they followed the crowd. Following the crowd can be dangerous! Don’t be a shallow Christian. Be deep. Don’t be a believer for just a while. Let your roots grow deep. As the songwritersays, “Draw me deeper, Lord!”