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  •  Ah, a backslider! Good to hear from you eom (0+ / 0-)

    In the political sense, of course. Not the usual Christian version.

    How I Walked Away

    I confess it now, my sin, my crime, the cancer on my soul. I am a backslider.

    If you didn't wince, you aren't in the club. A backslider is an ex-Christian, one who accepted his savior and then fell from grace. One who stood on the threshold of his salvation, and walked away. Certain fundamentalist Christians equate backsliding with the Unpardonable Sin, the sin against the Holy Spirit, at which Jesus hinted darkly in Luke 12:10. Not to be outspoken, St. Peter compared it to a dog returning to its own vomit (2 Pet 2:20-22). Even the Old Testament gets in its dig; see Proverbs 14:14, "The backslider in his heart shall be filled with his own ways."

    There are other words: stray, lost sheep, prodigal, apostate.

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:27:08 PM PST

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