FYI:  Witnessing to the BACKSLIDER

FYI: Witnessing to the BACKSLIDER”Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19,20


These verses are dealing with a CHRISTIAN who has been led astray from Christ. It could be willful backsliding (going back to the things you were doing before you got saved – getting drunk, partying, smoking, chasing women/men, etc.) or heeding to many of the false doctrines being taught today.

And one convert him – This does not mean “convert him as a sinner, or regenerate him,” but turn him from the error of his way; bring him back from his wanderings; re-establish him in the truth, and in the practice of virtue and religion. 
And shall hide a multitude of sins; in the same sense as before he is said to convert and save his soul, viz. in being instrumental to bring him to faith and repentance, upon which God pardons, i.e. hides his sins, {Psalm 32:1}, so as not to bring them forth in judgment against him.
So to sum it all up, James 5:19-20 refers to deliverance of erring Christians from premature PHYSICAL death. We can not only be soul winners by leading unbelievers to Christ. We can also be soul winners, so to speak, if we lead fellow Christians BACK TO THE LORD.

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