Backslide

What Does it Mean to Backslide?

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Definition: Backslide means to lapse or fall backward in your relationship with Christ. To lose interest in following and serving the Lord.

Some Christians use terms like "lukewarm" or "faith that's grown cold" to describe a person who is spiritually backsliding. A believer who is "no longer on fire for the Lord" is another typical description of someone who is in a backslidden state.

If you're concerned about backsliding, or drifting away from the Lord, learn these practical ways to stay on track spiritually:

10 Steps to Avoid Backsliding

Alternate Spellings: back slide

Examples: I started to backslide shortly after I stopped attending church.