In others a departure of heart from God is followed by falling into some gross immorality. - There are instances in which a sudden misconduct of this sort has been overruled for the awakening of the mind from its stupor, and divesting it of its self-confidence. It was manifestly thus with the apostle Peter. The stumbling of such persons is not that they should fall; but rather that they should stand with greater care and firmness.
Taken from the book The Backslider: His Nature, Symptoms, and Recovery by Andrew Fuller 1754-1815