9 Steps Toward Personal Apostasy

personal apostasy

John Bunyan in the classic novel, Pilgrims Progress, illustrates the 9 progressive steps toward personal apostasy. This list is modified and modernized for your understanding. Please read and take heed. Save this in your journal, your computer, or make it your bookmark, but remember this well. I have bolded words that are important elements of understanding. If you want to read this portion of Pilgrims Progress in context, click here

  1. You draw away your thoughts from the remembrance of God, death, and judgment to come.
  2. Then, you slowly stop private duties like closet prayer, curbing your lusts, watching for temptation, sorrow for sin, and the like.
  3. Then, you turn away the company of lively and warm Christians.
  4. After that, you grow cold to public duty, as hearing the word preached, reading the bible, godly fellowship, and the like.
  5. Then, you begin to pick holes in the coats of some of the godly; and do it maliciously, that you may have a seeming excuse to throw [the Christian] religion (for the sake of some sin you have seen in others) behind your back.
  6. Then, you begin to adhere to, and associate yourself with, carnal, loose, and immoral men/women.
  7. Then, you give in to carnal and immoral discourses in secret; and you are glad if you can see such things in anyone else that is called Christian, that way you can commit your sin more boldly through their example.
  8. After this, you begin to play with little sins openly.
  9. And then, being hardened, you prove yourself to be as lost as they are. Thus, being launched again into the gulf of misery, unless a miracle of grace prevent it, you perish forever in your own deception.

4 thoughts on “9 Steps Toward Personal Apostasy

  1. Bunyan was a man who spoke from the Word of God and from his personal walk. Would that we would be as humble and honest as he was. This is excellent warning to the child of God.

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  2. Wow. I have most of these traits which is a bit scary. Except I DO desire to meet other Christians so they can help me get my life right with God again. I get panic attacks when I read the Word so I stick to Psalms and encouraging words. I used to be on fire for the Lord and I was delivered of mental illness etc. But I backslid and am lost that healing and my zeal for God. I miss the Lord and fear where I will end up if I don’t get right with Him again. I spend most of my life confessing my sin but I do struggle with sins like apathy and feeling weary of doing good. I try to motivate myself to help others and sometimes it works

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