Baptist leader Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) deals with the issue of backsliding: when genuine Christians lose their passion for Christ and his kingdom. This was not a theoretical issue for Fuller, therefore, and his words, weighty when he first wrote them, are still worthy of being pondered-and acted upon.
A departure from our first love is commonly the first step of a backsliding course. Perhaps if the truth were known, there are few open falls but what are preceded by a secret departure from the living God.
There is a remedy - God's providing a propitiation for our sins, and it is declared, "If any man sins we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" 1 John 2:1
Included as an appendix is a poetic application of dealing with such a backslidden heart, written by Samuel Pearce (1766-1799) a close friend and co-labourer for Christ with Fuller.
This updated edition is co-published by The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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