This morning we examine the principle of spiritual declension and how we must fervently seek the Lord in order to avoid it. James has closed his letter with three final thoughts: oaths and vows, godly responses to God’s varying providences, and finally, spiritual declension. We examine three main points:

  • spiritual declension is a reality in the life of the Christian;
  • how spiritual declension happens in our lives;
  • the consequences of spiritual declension.

We see that spiritual backsliding is a trap the Christian can fall into all too easily, and we are exhorted to examine our hearts and seek the Lord fervently in order to resist the sin within us and stand firm and zealous for God.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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