Backsliders, God Conceals Truth
and The House of God

Dan Corner

Backsliders Can Sin Worse

People who backslide can definitely commit worse sins during that time than before coming to initial salvation! The proof of this is found especially with Saul, David and Solomon. All three became murderers in their heart, etc. after backsliding from God and salvation. There is no record of such wickedness before their salvation. Saul tried to murder David on numerous occasions and even his own son Jonathan:

“Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father. But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.” (1 Sam 20:32,33)

Saul also killed numerous priests and their families (1 Sam. 22:18,19). David committed adultery and murder. Uriah was murdered in an attempt to cover up his wickedness (2 Sam. 11:1-17). Solomon tried to murder Jeroboam and thwart the will of God. He also built pagan structures where idolatry would be committed (1 Kings 11:1-40).

God Conceals His Truth Sometimes

God wants his truth to go forth, but he also conceals his truth from the unsaved through parables:

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.” (Luke 8:9,10)

Moreover, God concealed certain truths from all people, including Christians, who did not hear and/or see first hand special truths. Paul and John are examples and the following shows that:

And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell. (2 Cor 12:3,4)

And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” (Rev 10:4)

The Bible, therefore, does NOT answer all questions we might now have! It was written to primarily inform us about God's salvation plan (2 Tim. 3:15) with many other issues also being addressed, but many are not and some which are, are not detailed as much as we would like:

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. (Deu 29:29)

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The House Of God

The house of God in Old Testament times was a physical structure and in one specific geographical location. Here is just one such Scripture indicating this:

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psa 84:10)

Now, after the cross, the Christian's physical body is God's house or temple:

But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. (Heb 3:6)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Cor. 3:16,17, NKJV).

NOTE: The house of God or temple of God is NOT any physical church building! Christians are the house and temple of God, IF we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. It is gross error to suggest a church building is the house or temple of God.

It is also error to think the man-made tabernacle inside a Catholic church where the unconsumed consecrated communion wafers or Eucharist, which they wrongly think is the bread of life, are kept is the house of God:

However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. (Acts 7:48)



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