Conditions for Keeping Eternal Life

According to unconditional securities, a saved man can never commit sins that will incur the death penalty, for they say, “the sins of the believers materially differ from the sins of unbelievers-they are not real sins…. God will not and cannot impute sin to the saved…. a true child of God cannot be condemned for his sins…. He is able to keep us saved who may be sinning … MY FUTURE SINS ARE PUT AWAY FOR ALL ETERNITY…. It is questionable that any Christian has ever died with all sins confessed.” These are some of the most blasphemous statements from men of great influence in the Christian churches that we have ever read. That there are conditions for getting saved and keeping salvation and eternal life is cleat from the following:


  1. The following passages prove that one must CONTINUE in the grace of God to be saved: “Keep the charge of the Lord thy God; to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies . . . THAT THE LORD MAY CONTINUE HIS WORD (1 Kings 2:3, 4). This is just one of many like passages in the Old Testament (Lev. 26;Deut. 28; etc.). There are also many Scriptures of a similar nature in the New Testament: “By patient CONTINUING in well doing, SEEK FOR . . . eternal life” (Rom.2:7); “IF YE CONTINUE in my word THEN are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31); “IF THOU CONTINUE in his goodness: otherwise thou shalt be CUT OFF” (Rom.11:20-24); “To present you holy . . . in his sight. IF THOU CONTINUE in the faith grounded and settled, and BE NOT MOVED AWAY from the hope of the gospel” [which is the hope of eternal life, Col. 1:22, 23Tit. 1:23:7; Rom.8:24, 25]; “Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and CONTINUETH THEREIN . . . this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25); “CONTINUE ye in my love. IF YE KEEP my commandments, ye shall abide in my love” (John 15:9, 10); “persuaded them TO CONTINUE in the grace of God” (Acts 13:43); “exhorting them TO CONTINUE in the faith” (Acts 14:22); “continue in prayer” (Col. 4:2); and “CONTINUE IN THEM [doctrines of grace]: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee” (1 Tim. 4:11-16); “Let that therefore abide in you which ye have heard from the beginning [Christ is our eternal life, as proved in 1 John 1:1, 2]. IF that . . . shall remain in you, YE SHALL CONTINUE in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, EVEN ETERNAL LIFE” (1 John 2:24, 25).


No words could be more clear to prove that one must continue in grace and faith, and permit eternal life to continue in him or else he will be lost. The word “let” in this passage teaches that eternal life will not continue in one, if he does not want it to. God cursed men when they did not “CONTINUE” in His covenants (Gal. 3:13Heb. 8:9Lev. 26Deut. 28Acts 1:25; Rom.11; Heb. 2:34:1-116:4-910:26-39).


It is sheer nonsense to talk about unconditional promises and covenants. There is not one jot or tittle in Scripture that teaches such a thing. Just because God does not repeat all conditions in every promise is no proof that some promises are unconditional. In every contract the terms and conditions are set forth in some special part of the contract. The terms of contract do not have to be repeated over and over every time some promise is made. The very fact that we have a New Covenant with God proves there are terms and conditions which we must meet in order to reap the promised benefits. It is common knowledge that a contract would serve no purpose if it did not have terms and conditions. It is also a well-known fact that laws without penalties are of no value. God’s contracts always have been conditional and His laws have always had penalties and to argue to the contrary is to demonstrate ignorance of truth and willful rebellion against God and His Word.


  1. Statements that have the word “FAITH” in them prove it must be continued in and obeyed to the end to be saved: “exhorting them TO CONTINUE in the faith” (Acts 14:22); “for the obedience to the faith among all nations” (Rom.1:516:26); “the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Rom.1:17Gal. 3:11Heb. 10:38, 39); “make the faith of God without effect” (Rom.3:3); “BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF they were broken off, and thou STANDEST BY FAITH” (Rom.11:20-24); “Watch ye, STAND FAST in the faith” (1 Cor. 16:13); “for BY FAITH YE STAND” (2 Cor. 1:24); “That Christ may dwell in your hearts BY FAITH” (Eph. 3:17); “IF YE CONTINUE in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (Col. 1:23); “Holding faith” (1 Tim. l:19); “some shall DEPART FROM the faith” (1 Tim. 4:1); “reprobate concerning the faith” (2 Tim. 3:8); “through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. 3:612-144:116:11, 12;10:23-39); “receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet. 1:5913).
  2. Statements that contain “unbelief ” prove men can be lost because of it after they have been sated: “Because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith . . . take heed lest he also spare not thee . . . they also if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in AGAIN” (Rom.11:20-24); “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Heb. 3:12-196:611).
  3. Statements with “fall” and “fell” prove that saved men can sin again and be lost: “For a while believe [this brings the new birth, John 1:121 John 5:1], and in time of temptation fall away” (Luke 8:13); “Through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles” (Rom.11:11-24); “let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:13); “1est being lifted up in pride he [a bishop, and surely New Testament bishops were saved] fall into the condemnation of the devil” (like the sinless angel, Lucifer, fell and became the devil, 1 Tim. 3:6); “they that would be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition” (the saved are no exception, 1 Tim. 6:9, 10); “lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Heb. 6:11); “If they fall away” (apostatize, they cannot be renewed to repentance, Heb. 6:4-6); “if ye do these things [add Christian graces to experience and be diligent to make salvation sure] ye shall never fall” (2 Pet. 1:5-10); “beware lest ye fall from your own steadfastness” (2 Pet. 3:17); “Ye are fallen from grace” (Gal. 5:4); “to his own master he [saved man] standeth or falleth” (Rom.14:4); “unto him that is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 20-24); “on them that fell, severity” (Rom.11:22); “from which [the apostleship] Judas by transgression fell” (Acts 1:25); “except there come a great falling away first” (2 Thess. 2:3); “Remember from whence thou art fallen and repent and do thy first works, or else” (Rev. 2:5, 6).
  4. The words “fail” and “cast off” as used of saved men prove they can be lost: “when ye fail” (Luke 16:9), “that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:32), “lest any man fail of the grace of God” (Heb. 12:12-15), “because of unbelief they were broken off . . . if thou continue in his goodness; otherwise thou shalt be cut off” (Rom.11:20-24).
  5. Statements that use the words “endure”) and “end” prove that men must endure to the end to be saved (Matt. 10:22), “the end of those things [sins of the flesh] is death” (Rom.6:21-23), “If we hold fast the hope until the end” (Heb. 3:612-146:11, 12;1 Pet. 1:5913Rev. 2:71117263:51221Heb. 10:2335-39).
  6. The word “IF” is used 1,522 times in the Bible and implies conditions to meet throughout Scripture to be finally saved. All of God’s covenants and promises are based upon conditions in both Testaments (Gen. 4:7Ex. 15:26Lev. 26Deut. 4:29, 30;6:257:128:1911:132227, 2815:528:1-5830:10Josh. 24:20Matt. 16:24Luke 9:23-25John 7:178:2412:2647;14:152315:9, 10; Rom.8:9-1710:9, 101 John 1:7-9Heb. 6:4-910:262 Pet. 2:20-221 John 2:15-17). The word “lest” implies the same condition as “if” and is used many times warning saved men to stay saved or be lost (2 Cor. 2:1111:2-4; Rom.11:20-241 Cor. 10:12Gal. 2:24:116:1Col. 2:481 Thess. 3:5Heb. 2:1-33:12-134:11112:313-16). Some of the most disputed passages of this kind are Heb. 6:4-610:26-292 Pet. 2:20-22, which we have already considered in Points III, 26 and 27 above, which see.
  7. Statements of Jesus before the cross prove that we must meet certain conditions to keep saved: “Sin no more lest a worse thing come upon thee” (John 5:14); “IF ye continue in my word, THEN are ye my disciples indeed . . . whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:3134); “from that day many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him…. will ye also go away?” (John 6:66, 67); “Every branch IN ME that beareth not fruit he taketh away [not taken to Heaven or laid on a shelf as unconditional securityites teach]. He is cast forth AS a branch, and IS WITHERED; and men gather them and CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE, AND THEY ARE BURNED” (John 15:1-6); “Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition” (John 17:12). If Judas was given to Jesus by God then Judas had eternal life according to Jesus in the same prayer: “that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him” (John 17:2, 3). Judas could not have been lost if he had never been given to Christ and if Christ had never had him to lose.
  8. Statements of Jesus after the cross to saved men in the churches prove that men had to meet certain conditions or be lost. Statements were made to the various churches as follows: To Ephesus, “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast LEFT THY FIRST LOVE. Remember therefore from whence THOU ART FALLEN, and REPENT, and do thy first works; or else I will . . . remove thy candlestick out of its place, EXCEPT THOU REPENT” (Rev. 2:4-5); To Smyrna, “BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:10); To Pergamos, “Thou holdest fast my name, and HAST NOT DENIED THE FAITH … But I have a few things against thee…. REPENT; or I will come unto thee and will fight against thee” (Rev. 2:13-16); To Thyatira, “I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel . . . to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her space TO REPENT of her fornication and SHE REPENTED NOT. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, EXCEPT THEY REPENT of their deeds . . . I will give everyone of you ACCORDING TO YOUR WORKS…. Hold fast till I come” (Rev. 2:20-25); To Sardis, “Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, that are READY TO DIE: for I have not found thy works perfect before God…. HOLD FAST AND REPENT. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which HAVE NOT DEFILED THEIR GARMENTS; and they [only they] shall walk with me in white: FOR THEY ARE WORTHY” (Rev. 3:1-4); To Philadelphia, “HOLD THAT FAST which thou hast, THAT NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN” (Rev. 3:11); To Laodicea, “Thou art neither cold nor hot, …. So then because thou art neither cold nor hot, I WILL SPUE THEE OUT OF MY MOUTH . . . be zealous therefore, AND REPENT” (Rev. 3:15-19).


Every one of these statements was made years after the so-called super-grace was supposed to have been given by Paul, under which, according to the false securityites no man needs to or can repent, confess sins, lose eternal life, be lost or have his name blotted out of the book of life. The future sins of modern false securityites may be taken care of without meeting certain conditions (so they say), but these poor souls in the early churches were required to meet all these conditions or be lost. They had to be faithful to the end and meet certain conditions to be saved.


Modern saints may think they cannot fall (and if some do they believe they were really not saved to begin with), but Christ accused the early saints of falling and required them to repent and do their first works again or be removed.


The modern saints may not be able to deny the faith after one act of faith, but the early ones were accused of doing so. They may say they cannot die in sin again, but early saints were told they would die if they did not get more spiritual strength. They may not be able to defile their garments of righteousness and be lost by sin, but the early ones were told that only those who do not defile their garments will walk with Christ in white raiment (the righteousness of the saints, Rev. 19:8). Modern saints also may think they will not lose their crown of life, but the early ones were told that some men could take their crown. They may not be able to be spued out of the mouth of Christ, but early ones could be. They may not have to keep clean and live right to be Christians, but the early ones were required to do so. The sin-business had to be put out of their lives.


Where was Paul’s super-grace in the day of Christ’s dealings with the churches? Why was not the sacrifice of Christ abiding then? Why did not the Holy Spirit keep these saints perfect so they would not be guilty of all these accusations, if He is supposed to be responsible for all acts of saints who have no free moral agency to act for themselves? We can logically ask these and other questions of unconditional security people. Why did God permit early saints to get into so many troubles if He was responsible for their personal acts? Why did Christ require them to repent if repentance is an error, as some teach today? Why would repentance be required after one is saved and not also at the time he is saved?


It will be noted that at the end of each of the seven letters to the churches that Christ promised rewards only to those who overcome and not one thing was promised to the ones who would not overcome, except to be hurt of the second death which is the lake of fire. They would not be able to eat of the tree of life, their names would be blotted out of the book of life, and they would not be able to enjoy Heaven and the other blessings promised to overcomers (Rev. 2:7111726-283:51221). To every church Jesus laid down certain conditions and gave certain warnings of failure. If being hurt of the second death, having names blotted out of the book of life, etc., do not constitute being lost, then we do not know what it means.


The eternal life referred to in John 10:27-29 is given only to those who continue to follow and as long as they follow Jesus: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, AND THEY FOLLOW ME: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Nothing is here promised to those who do not follow, and if one follows he naturally will meet the above conditions. If one hears Jesus he will obey and meet the conditions of eternal life laid down by Him, and this IS eternal security and all the security one needs. All these things certainly imply continued faith, obedience, and faithful living if they mean anything.

  1. The theory that only one act of faith is all that is necessary for a person to be saved eternally is contradicted by many Scriptures: “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that draw back unto perdition [destruction]; but believe [continue to believe] to the saving of the soul” (Heb. 10:38, 39); “Whose house are we, IF we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope [of eternal life, 1 Tim. 1:166:1219Tit. 1:2;3:7; l John 2:25Jude 20-24] UNTO THE END…. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, IN DEPARTING FROM THE LIVING GOD. But exhort one another daily while it is called today; lest any of you BE HARDENED through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, IF we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast UNTO THE END” (Heb. 3:612-14); “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief [they had one act of faith but failed later]. Let us [saved men] therefore FEAR, LEST a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Let us LABOUR therefore to enter into that rest, LEST any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Heb. 3:194:111)”We desire that everyone of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope UNTO THE END. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who THROUGH FAITH AND PATIENCE INHERIT THE PROMISES…. so after he had patiently endured, he received the promise…. we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul” (Heb. 6:11, 121518, 19); “LET US HOLD FAST the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised…. CAST NOT AWAY therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, AFTER YE HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD, ye might receive the promise” (Heb. 10:2335-3911:1).

Many other words such as: abide, continue, remain, let, lest, beware, be diligent, repent, cast off, deny, sin willfully, hold fast, except, whosoever will, take heed, be not, mortify, sow, abstain from, follow, yield, forsake, gone astray, etc. are used in Scriptures many thousands of times. These words imply that there are conditions and a power of free choice on the part of the saved or they mean nothing.

If man is not a free moral agent, but is a mere machine and a slave to God and cannot get out of grace and cannot fall and be lost, then the above statements are some of the most deceiving and untrue of the whole Bible.


What Born Again Men Did to God in Becoming Backsliders:

  1. They provoked God to anger more than 77 times over a period of 1800 years (Ex. 4:1432:22Num. 11:11012:922:22;24:1025:3-432:1-4Deut. 4:256:157:4-9:18-19; 13:1729:20-2831:172932:16-22Josh. 7:1, 26; 23:16Judg. 2:1214,203:810:72 Sam. 24:1; l Kings 14:91515:3016:2-1326; 22:53; 2 Kings 13:317:11-1721:6-1522:1723:102624:20; l Chron. 13:102 Chron. 25:1528:2533:634:25Neh. 4:5Ps. 78:58106:20; Isa.5:2513:91365:3Jer. 4:8267:18-20;8:1911:912:14Zeph. 2:2-33:8; Zech.10:3).
  2. They forgot God who “begat” them, so He vowed they would burn in the lowest hell (Deut. 32:18-32). In this passage they are called “sons and daughters;” they were therefore born again believers. Ten times or more God accused them of forgetting Him (Isa.17:10Jer. 2:323:2113:2518:1523:27Ezek. 22:1223:35Hos. 8:1413:6).
  3. Born again Israel “forgot the Lord and served Balaam and totem pole gods (Judg. 3:7; l Sam. 12:9Ps. 78:11106:1321;Hos. 2:13).
  4. They “forsook God” over 8 times (Deut. 32:15-19Judg. 2:12-1310:61 Kings 9:92 Kings 21:222(Chron. 7:22; 12:1; Isa.58:2).
  5. They tempted God (Deut. 6:16Num. 14:22Ps. 78:18415695:9106:14Acts 5:1-91 Cor. 10:9).
  6. They repeatedly forsook the Lord, and made Him jealous to the point of destroying them (Judg. 2:11-15Deut. 32:16-211 Kings 14:22Ps. 78:5879:5; Isa.42:13Ezek. 8:3-516:384223:2536:5-6Zeph. 1:183:81 Cor. 10:22).
  7. Born again Israel, falling from grace, did evil in the sight of the Lord repeatedly, until His anger waxed hot to destroy them many times (Judg. 3:5-304:1-58:27-3510:1-1611:1-121 Sam. 2:30-313:12-14).
  8. They broke God’s covenant, refused to walk in His law provoked and tempted Him, spake against Him and believed Him not, and trusted not in His salvation, so that He slew many (Ps. 78:6-81017-2231-425666).
  9. They soon forgat His works, forgat God their Saviour (which proves they were once saved), causing Him to abhor them so that He brought them low for their sins (Ps. 106:13-46).
  10. They deeply revolted against God (Isa.31:16).
  11. They vexed His Holy Spirit, so that He turned to be their enemy and fought them, hiding His face from them, and consuming them (Isa.63:1064:5-7).
  12. They ignored God and provoked Him continually to His face, so that He recompensed them by the sword (Isa.65:1-14).
  13. Born again Israel provoked God to repentings on many occasions until He said at last that He was tired of repenting (Jer. 15:618:826:313Hos. 11:8Ex. 32:14Deut. 32:36Judg. 2:181 Sam. 15:352 Sam. 24:161 Chron. 21:15Ps. 90:13;106:45135:14Amos 7:36). Between repentings, when they would repent and turn back to Him, God would forgive Israel and bring them back into His grace again. This-repenting and turning back to Him-He would always demand before grace would be restored (Ezek. 14:618:30Matt. 3:24:17Mark 1:156:12Luke 13:1-5). This is what Christ demanded of believers who, through backsliding, fell from grace (Rev. 2:51621-223:319).
  14. Going far away from God by walking in vanity, supporting false prophets, they changed God’s glory to shame, and turned their back on Him, so that He destroyed them (Jer. 2:5-373:1-25).
  15. They caused God to be full of fury by rejecting His words, falling from grace and viewing His provision as a stumblingblock; and so, they were destroyed (Jer. 6:1-30Ezek 3:2014:3-7; Rom.11:91 Cor. 1:23)
  16. They not only served other gods, but turned their back to God, set up abominations in the temple to defile it, built high places of idolatry and committed sex crimes, and sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire to idols (Jer. 32:26-36Ezek. 16:1-55).
  17. Both Israel and Gentiles of the church insulted and rejected God by refusing to remain in Christ (John 15: 1-6; 1 John 2:23-24).
  18. Many grew cold in their love for God (Matt. 24:12Rev. 2:53:15-16).


What God Has Vowed to do to Backsliders:

  1. In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Gen. 2:17, Rom.5:12-21).
  2. That my wrath may wax hot, and that I may consume them in a moment (Ex. 32:7-10).
  3. Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book . . . I will visit their sin upon them (Ex. 32:32-34Ps. 69:28Rev. 3:522:18-19).
  4. I will by no means clear the guilty (without repentance, Ex. 34:7).
  5. You will be spued out of my mouth (Lev. 18:2820:22Rev. 3:16).
  6. Whosoever shall commit any 0f[ these abominations shall be cut off (Lev. 18:29).
  7. I will appoint you all these curses (122 curses, Lev. 26:14-15Deut. 28:15-68).
  8. I will set my face against you (Lev. 26:17).
  9. I will punish you seven times more for your sins (Lev. 26:18212428).
  10. I will break the pride of your power (Lev. 26:19).
  11. I will make your heaven iron and your earth brass (Lev. 26:19Deut. 28:23).
  12. I will walk contrary to you in fury (Lev 26:2228). . . Pour out my fury (Ezek. 20:813).
  13. I will send famine, sword, and war (Lev. 26:2631Deut. 28:30-44).
  14. I will send pestilence until you are consumed (Lev. 26:25Deut. 28:21).
  15. I will abhor you (Lev. 26:30Deut. 28:19-26)… reject you (Hos. 4:6).
  16. YOU shall utterly perish (Lev. 26:38Deut. 4:268:19-2011:13-1728:22).
  17. I will send utter destruction (Deut. 4:266:157:4).
  18. I will curse your blessings (Mal. 2:2).
  19. I will pour out my wrath (Deut. 11:16-20).
  20. I will send poverty . . . hunger, thirst, nakedness, and want (Deut. 28:48-52).
  21. Rejoice to pluck you up and destroy you, as God has rejoiced to do you good (Deut. 28:63-69; 2 Chron. 7:19-22Jer. 12:14-1722:2431:28).
  22. The Lord will root them out in anger (Deut. 29:22-28); forsake them in anger (Deut. 13:17Jer. 23:39).
  23. I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured (Deut. 31:17, 1820).
  24. Many evils and troubles shall come upon them (Deut. 31:17-21).
  25. I will heap mischiefs upon them, and bitter destruction until their memory will cease among men . . . I will devour with bitter destruction (Deut. 32:24).
  26. If you do in any wise go back into sin God will curse you until you quickly perish (Josh. 23:12-16). . If you forsake the Lord, then he will turn to do you hurt and consume you, after that he has done you good (Josh. 24:20). See also 1 Kings 9:6-92 Kings 17and 25.
  27. I will cast you out of my sight (1 Kings 9:72 Chron. 7:20Jer. 7:1515:1)… Out of my presence (2 Kings 24:20Jer. 23:39).
  28. YOU will be consumed (1 Sam. 12:24-25; Isa.1:2864:766:17Jer. 5:39:1614:12, 35; 26:35; 32:13).
  29. Send unquenchable wrath (2 Chron. 34:25Col. 3:5-10).
  30. Pluck up by the roots (2 Chron. 21:12-15). . . Utterly pluck them up and destroy them (Jer. 12:17).
  31. Forsake (2 Chron. 24:20)… cast down (2 Chron. 25:8Jer. 6:15)… cast you out (Jer. 16:13)… turn my back upon them (Jer. 18:7-17)… utterly forget them (Jer. 23:39).
  32. I will destroy them (Ps. 106:23Jer. 12:1715:723:39). . . and devour them (Isa.1:19-2024:20).
  33. I will lay a stumbling block before them (Jer. 6:21Ezek 320).
  34. I will bring evil upon them . . . consume them . . . pour their wickedness upon them . . . recompense their sin double (Jer. 11:1114:12161821:14).
  35. I will feed with wormwood and gall (Jer. 23:15).
  36. God will cast them away (Hos. 9:17; Rom.11:15;1 Cor. 9:27).
  37. YOU shall die (Rom.8:12-13Ezek. 18:4-2433:7-17).
  38. If a man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy (1 Cor. 3:16-17;10:1-13Mark 7:19-21Jude 6-7).
  39. He that sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (Gal. 6:7-8).
  40. Shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10Gal. 5:19-21Eph. 5:5-7Col. 3:5-14).
  41. The wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience (Col. 3:5-7).
  42. They shall utterly perish in their own corruption . . . the latter end worse with them than the beginning (2 Pet. 2:1219-22).

What backsliders must do to be saved again, and be in grace again, is stated in many Scriptures, as in Ps. 51:1080:37,19;85:6-8; Isa.55:6Jer. 3:13525:526:1335:15Mic. 6:8; Zech.1:3-4Hos. 10:12Amos 5:4-14Acts 2:383:19Luke 13:1-5;Gal. 4:196:11 John 1:92:1-2Rev. 2:51621-223:3,19.


Things Men Can do Resulting in: Being Saved or Lost:

  1. Repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:1516:16Luke 13:1-5John 3:16Acts 2:383:19; Rom.1:1610:9-101 John 1:9).
  2. Accept the gospel of their own free will (John 1:11-123:16-18; Rom.1:16;1 Tim. 2:42 Pet. 3:9– Rev. 22:17).;
  3. Follow Christ (Matt. 16:24Mark 8:34Luke 9:23John 10:2712:261 Pet. 2:21).
  4. Stumble at the Word of God (1 Pet. 2:8).
  5. Cast off their first faith (1 Tim. 5:12).
  6. Cast away confidence in Christ (Heb. 10:35).
  7. Fall from grace (Gal. 1:6-85:4Heb. 12:15Jer. 16:13); fall from their own stedfastness (2 Pet. 3:14-18).
  8. Fail of the grace of God (Heb. 12:15).
  9. Become entangled again in the affairs of this life (2 Tim. 2:4); and in the sins of the flesh (2 Pet. 2:20-22).
  10. Become worse after knowing God and then backsliding (Jer. 7:2616:12Matt. 12:43-45Luke 11:26John 5:142 Pet. 2:20-22).
  11. Turn from God and be lost (Deut. 28:18-28Gal. 1:6-85:42 Pet. 2:20-22Heb. 6:4-910:26-38).
  12. Go astray after being born again (Prov. 28:10Ezek. 14:11Matt. 18:12-131 Pet. 2:252 Pet. 2:15).
  13. Leave their first love and be removed from Christ (Gal. 1:6-8Rev. 2:5-61621-223:319).
  14. Wax cold because of iniquity (Matt. 24:12).
  15. Forget they were ever purged from their old sins (2 Pet. 1:4-10).
  16. Err from the faith (1 Tim. 6:1021Jas. 5:19-20). Err from the truth (Jas. 5:19-20).
  17. Make shipwreck of faith (1 Tim 1:19).
  18. Neglect salvation and fail to escape wrath (Heb. 2:1-3).
  19. Be renewed after backsliding (Ps. 51:10Gal. 6:1Jas. 5:19-20). If not an apostate (Heb. 6:4-910:26-38).
  20. Depart from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1); depart from God and from God’s Word (2 Sam. 22:22, 23; Isa.59:13Hos. 1:2).
  21. Depart from iniquity by turning to God (2 Tim. 2:19).
  22. Depart from following God (2 Chron. 34:33Ps. 18:21119:102).
  23. Depart out of the way (Mal. 2:8); depart from God in the heart (Jer. 17:5Heb. 3:12).
  24. Let the Word of God depart from the heart (Deut. 4:9Heb. 2:1-4).
  25. Commit sin until the Holy Spirit departs (1 Sam. 16:14).
  26. Refuse to obey God and rebel (Isa.1:20); refuse to hear His Word (Jer. 13:10); refuse to keep God’s commandments (Ex. 16:28Neh. 9:16-17); refuse to return after backsliding (Jer. 5:38:5Hos. 11:5).
  27. By patient continuance seek for eternal life (Rom.2:7).
  28. Continue or discontinue following God (1 Sam. 12:14-16); in the Word (John 8:31); the love of Christ (John 15:9); in grace (Acts 13:43Gal. 1:6-85:4Heb. 12:15), in faith (Acts 14:22Col. 1:231 Tim. 1:192:154:15:126:1021); in God’s goodness (Rom.11:22); and in the truth (1 Tim. 4:16).
  29. Let eternal life continue in them (1 John 2:24-25) or have it cancelled by sin (Ezek. 3:17-2118:4-2433:17-23; Rom.6:14-238:12-13Gal. 5:7-8).
  30. Lightly esteem God after their salvation (Deut. 32:15-20).
  31. Allow themselves to be corrupted again after escaping corruption (Ex. 32:7Deut. 4:15259:1231:2932:5Eph. 4:292 Pet. 1:42:1219-22). Corrupted from the simplicity in Christ (2 Cor. 11:3).
  32. Be drawn away of their own lusts to die again and be lost (Jas. 1:13-155:19-20).
  33. Draw back unto perdition instead of progressing with salvation (Heb. 10:38-39).
  34. Turn their back on God (Jer. 2:27).
  35. Slide back with a perpetual backsliding (Jer. 8:5); and like a backsliding heifer (Hos. 4:16).
  36. Look back and be unfit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62).
  37. Go back and walk no more with Christ (John 6:66).
  38. Backslide and be filled with their own ways (Prov. 14:14).
  39. Play the harlot again (Jer. 3:6); commit adultery (Jer. 3:8) and not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-11Gal. 5:19-21;Rev. 22:15).
  40. Return (to be converted again) to God (Jer. 3:1222).
  41. Be bent on backsliding (Hos. 11:7); be healed of backsliding if they will return to God (Jer. 3:22Hos. 14:4); increase their own backsliding (Jer. 5:6); have many backslidings (Jer. 14:7); go backward, or forward as they choose (Jer. 7:24).
  42. Forsake God’s covenant at will (Deut. 28:25Josh. 24:15-22); forsake the commandments of God (1 Kings 18:18); forsake the right way (2 Pet. 2:15); and forsake God (Deut. 32:15Judg. 10:10-1312:101 Kings 11:332 Kings 22:172 Chron. 12:5; Isa.1:4Jer. 2:12).
  43. Sin until God will not have mercy or give grace again (Deut. 29:20Jer. 13:14Ezek. 5:117:4-98:189:1024:14; Rom.11:20-212 Pet. 2:4-6Jude 6-7).
  44. Endure to the end if they want to (Matt. 10:22Jas. 1:125:11).
  45. Be moved away from the hope of the gospel (Col. 1:23).
  46. Live and walk in the Spirit if they choose to do so (Gal 5:16-26); or sow to the flesh and reap corruption instead of everlasting life (Gal. 6:7-8).
  47. Become a castaway or reprobate without Christ in them (1 Cor. 9:272 Cor. 13:1-5).
  48. Become haters of God and full of sin (Rom.1:21-32).
  49. Backslide to the point of despising and abhorring God (Lev. 26:15).
  50. Walk contrary to God (Lev. 26:21-23).
  51. Refuse to go on with God (Deut. 28:58-63; Rom.6:16-238:12-13).
  52. Provoke God to wrath (Deut. 32:15-20).
  53. Turn their hearts away from God (Deut. 30:17-20); turn again to the things of the world and sin (Gal. 4:91 John 2:15-17); turn away their ears from the truth (2 Tim. 4:1-4); turn aside after Satan again (1 Tim. 5:15); and turn from their righteousness and die in sin again (Ezek. 3:2018:24-2633:12-18; Rom.8:12-13Gal. 5:10-216:7-8).
  54. Endure for a time, then fall away and be lost (Mark 4:17-19Luke 8:13).
  55. Remember and profit by Lot’s wife, Lucifer, angels, demons, and men who have fallen from grace never to regain it again (Luke 17:32; point V, above).
  56. Abide in Christ it they want to, or not abide in Him, and be burned (John 15:1-61 John 2:24-25).
  57. Be bewitched not to obey the gospel (Gal. 3:15:1-7).
  58. Deny God and be denied by Him (2 Tim. 2:12).
  59. Love this present world again and be lost (2 Tim. 4:101 John 2:15-17).
  60. Have an evil heart of unbelief in departing from God (Heb. 3:12).
  61. Be hardened through deceitfulness of sin (Heb. 3:12).
  62. Be defiled again and be lost (Heb. 12:151 Cor. 3:16-17).
  63. Become blind and forget they were once purged from sin (2 Pet. 1:9).
  64. Repent and do their first works over again if they are backslidden (Rev. 2:51621-223:319Lev. 26:40-42Deut. 4:29-3030:1-101 Kings 8:33-342 Chron. 30:9; Isa.1:18-20Jer. 3:4-224:1-2146:16Hos. 14:4Mal. 3:7Matt. 23:37).
  65. Hate a man and lose eternal life (1 John 3:15).
  66. Sin again and become a servant of sin again, and not a son forever (John 8:32-36).
  67. Serve the right master to be saved, and the wrong one to be lost (Matt. 6:24; Rom.6:16-238:12-13Gal. 6:7-8).
  68. Live after the flesh and die spiritually again, after being born again (Rom.1:29-326:16-238:12-13Gal. 5:19-216:7-8;Jas. 5:19-20).
  69. Commit sin and be of the Devil again, after being saved (1 John 3:8-10).
  70. Be deceived into thinking they can inherit the kingdom of God and remain saved while living in the sins that damn the soul (Rom.1:21-326:16-238:12-131 Cor. 6:9-11Gal. 5:19-216:7-81 John 3:8-10Ezek. 318, and 33).
  71. Continue to hold fast to the end (Heb. 3:611-144:11-12Matt. 10:22).
  72. Be led away with the error of Satan (2 Pet. 3:14-18).
  73. Become apostates and past any hope of salvation (Heb. 6:4-910:26-39).
  74. Be sanctified by the blood of Christ, then trample it under their feet (Heb. 1:26-29).
  75. Become unbelievers again (Luke 8:13Heb. 3:124:111 Tim. 4:15:126:1021Jas. 5:19-20).
  76. Build again the things that were once destroyed in order to be saved (Gal. 2:18).
  77. Labour for eternal life (John 6:27Luke 9:23Heb. 4:11).
  78. Forget God after knowing Him as Saviour (Deut. 8:11-1432:18Prov. 2:17Ezek. 23:35).
  79. Frustrate the grace of God in their lives (Gal. 2:21).
  80. Be moved away from the hope of the gospel (Col. 1:23).
  81. Be beguiled to turn away from Christ (Col. 2:18-19