Printed by R.Hawes, London, 1778
Wesley's sermon on 'backsliding' gives hope to those who 'fall away' from Christianity or lapse in their beliefs and fall into sin.
Wesley accepted that Christians could lose their salvation, although he believed this did not usually come about as one single act but more usually through profound and prolonged sinful behaviour. However, he also believed that man was not beyond redemption. Indeed, he claimed to have seen thousands of instances where those fallen away from faith had reclaimed it by amending their ways.