According to unconditional securityites, 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 clear 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, 23; Tit. 1:2; 3:7; 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. 3:13; Heb. 8:9; Lev. 26; Deut. 28; Acts 1:25; Rom.11; Heb. 2:3; 4:1-11; 6:4-9; 10:26-39).
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.
2. 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.1:5; 16:26); “the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Rom.1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 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. 3:6, 12-14; 4:11; 6:11, 12; 10:23-39); “receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet. 1:5, 9, 13).
3. 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. 3:12-19; 6:6, 11).
4. 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 1:12; 1 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).
5. 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).
6. 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. 3:6, 12-14; 6:11, 12; 1 Pet. 1:5, 9, 13; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; Heb. 10:23, 35-39).
7. 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. 4:7; Ex. 15:26; Lev. 26; Deut. 4:29, 30; 6:25; 7:12; 8:19; 11:13, 22, 27, 28; 15:5; 28:1-58; 30:10; Josh. 24:20; Matt. 16:24; Luke 9:23-25; John 7:17; 8:24; 12:26, 47; 14:15, 23; 15:9, 10; Rom.8:9-17; 10:9, 10; 1 John 1:7-9; Heb. 6:4-9; 10:26; 2 Pet. 2:20-22; 1 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. 2:11; 11:2-4; Rom.11:20-24; 1 Cor. 10:12; Gal. 2:2; 4:11; 6:1; Col. 2:4, 8; 1 Thess. 3:5; Heb. 2:1-3; 3:12-13; 4:1, 11; 12:3, 13-16). Some of the most disputed passages of this kind are Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26-29; 2 Pet. 2:20-22, which we have already considered in Points III, 26 and 27 above, which see.
8. 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 8:31, 34); “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.
9. 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. 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21). 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.
10. 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. 1:16; 6:12, 19; Tit. 1:2; 3:7; l John 2:25; Jude 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. 3:6, 12-14); “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. 3:19; 4:1, 11)”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, 12, 15, 18, 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. 10:23, 35-39; 11:1).
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. 4:14; 32:22; Num. 11:1, 10; 12:9; 22:22; 24:10; 25:3-4; 32:1-4; Deut. 4:25; 6:15; 7:4-9:18-19; 13:17; 29:20-28; 31:17, 29; 32:16-22; Josh. 7:1, 26; 23:16; Judg. 2:12, 14, 20; 3:8; 10:7; 2 Sam. 24:1; l Kings 14:9, 15; 15:30; 16:2-13, 26; 22:53; 2 Kings 13:3; 17:11-17; 21:6-15; 22:17; 23:10, 26; 24:20; l Chron. 13:10; 2 Chron. 25:15; 28:25; 33:6; 34:25; Neh. 4:5; Ps. 78:58; 106:20; Isa.5:25; 13:9, 13; 65:3; Jer. 4:8, 26; 7:18-20; 8:19; 11:9; 12:14; Zeph. 2:2-3; 3:8; 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.17:10; Jer. 2:32; 3:21; 13:25; 18:15; 23:27; Ezek. 22:12; 23:35; Hos. 8:14; 13:6).
6. They repeatedly forsook the Lord, and made Him jealous to the point of destroying them (Judg. 2:11-15; Deut. 32:16-21; 1 Kings 14:22; Ps. 78:58; 79:5; Isa.42:13; Ezek. 8:3-5; 16:38, 42; 23:25; 36:5-6; Zeph. 1:18; 3:8; 1 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. 3:5-30; 4:1-5; 8:27-35; 10:1-16; 11:1-12; 1 Sam. 2:30-31; 3:12-14).
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. 78:6-8, 10, 17-22, 31-42, 56, 66).
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).
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. 15:6; 18:8; 26:3, 13; Hos. 11:8; Ex. 32:14; Deut. 32:36; Judg. 2:18; 1 Sam. 15:35; 2 Sam. 24:16; 1 Chron. 21:15; Ps. 90:13; 106:45; 135:14; Amos 7:3, 6). 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. 14:6; 18:30; Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:15; 6:12; Luke 13:1-5). This is what Christ demanded of believers who, through backsliding, fell from grace (Rev. 2:5, 16, 21-22; 3:3, 19).
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. 6:1-30; Ezek 3:20; 14:3-7; Rom.11:9; 1 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. 32:26-36; Ezek. 16:1-55).
What God Has Vowed to do to Backsliders:
2. That my wrath may wax hot, and that I may consume them in a moment (Ex. 32:7-10).
4. I will by no means clear the guilty (without repentance, Ex. 34:7).
6. Whosoever shall commit any 0f[ these abominations shall be cut off (Lev. 18:29).
8. I will set my face against you (Lev. 26:17).
10. I will break the pride of your power (Lev. 26:19).
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).
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 9:6-9; 2 Kings 17 and 25.
35. I will feed with wormwood and gall (Jer. 23:15).
39. He that sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (Gal. 6:7-8).
41. The wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience (Col. 3:5-7).
What backsliders must do to be saved again, and be in grace again, is stated in many Scriptures, as in Ps. 51:10; 80:3, 7,19; 85:6-8; Isa.55:6; Jer. 3:1, 3, 5; 25:5; 26:13; 35:15; Mic. 6:8; Zech.1:3-4; Hos. 10:12; Amos 5:4-14; Acts 2:38; 3:19; Luke 13:1-5; Gal. 4:19; 6:1; 1 John 1:9; 2:1-2; Rev. 2:5, 16, 21-22; 3:3,19.
Things Men Can do Resulting in: Being Saved or Lost:
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).
8. Fail of the grace of God (Heb. 12:15).
14. Wax cold because of iniquity (Matt. 24:12).
15. Forget they were ever purged from their old sins (2 Pet. 1:4-10).
17. Make shipwreck of faith (1 Tim 1:19).
18. Neglect salvation and fail to escape wrath (Heb. 2:1-3).
21. Depart from iniquity by turning to God (2 Tim. 2:19).
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. 16:28; Neh. 9:16-17); refuse to return after backsliding (Jer. 5:3; 8:5; Hos. 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 13:43; Gal. 1:6-8; 5:4; Heb. 12:15), in faith (Acts 14:22; Col. 1:23; 1 Tim. 1:19; 2:15; 4:1; 5:12; 6:10, 21); in God’s goodness (Rom.11:22); and in the truth (1 Tim. 4:16).
30. Lightly esteem God after their salvation (Deut. 32:15-20).
31. Allow themselves to be corrupted again after escaping corruption (Ex. 32:7; Deut. 4:15, 25; 9:12; 31:29; 32:5; Eph. 4:29; 2 Pet. 1:4; 2:12, 19-22). Corrupted from the simplicity in Christ (2 Cor. 11:3).
33. Draw back unto perdition instead of progressing with salvation (Heb. 10:38-39).
34. Turn their back on God (Jer. 2:27).
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).
41. Be bent on backsliding (Hos. 11:7); be healed of backsliding if they will return to God (Jer. 3:22; Hos. 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. 28:25; Josh. 24:15-22); forsake the commandments of God (1 Kings 18:18); forsake the right way (2 Pet. 2:15); and forsake God (Deut. 32:15; Judg. 10:10-13; 12:10; 1 Kings 11:33; 2 Kings 22:17; 2 Chron. 12:5; Isa.1:4; Jer. 2:12).
45. Be moved away from the hope of the gospel (Col. 1:23).
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).
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. 4:9; 1 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. 3:20; 18:24-26; 33:12-18; Rom.8:12-13, Gal. 5:10-21; 6:7-8).
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).
58. Deny God and be denied by Him (2 Tim. 2:12).
60. Have an evil heart of unbelief in departing from God (Heb. 3:12).
61. Be hardened through deceitfulness of sin (Heb. 3:12).
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. 2:5, 16, 21-22; 3:3, 19; Lev. 26:40-42; Deut. 4:29-30; 30:1-10; 1 Kings 8:33-34; 2 Chron. 30:9; Isa.1:18-20; Jer. 3:4-22; 4:1-2, 14; 6:16; Hos. 14:4; Mal. 3:7; Matt. 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).
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.1:21-32; 6:16-23; 8:12-13; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21; 6:7-8; 1 John 3:8-10; Ezek. 3, 18, and 33).
72. Be led away with the error of Satan (2 Pet. 3:14-18).
74. Be sanctified by the blood of Christ, then trample it under their feet (Heb. 1:26-29).
76. Build again the things that were once destroyed in order to be saved (Gal. 2:18).
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).
82. Deny the faith that was once accepted (1 Tim. 5:8).
83. Wax wanton against Christ (1 Tim. 5:11-12).
88. Wither like a branch to be cut off and burned (John 15:1-6). No branch could wither if was never a branch in the vine.
90. Let the truth slip from them after having it (Heb. 2:1).
94. Become slothful and fail to inherit eternal life and fail to inherit the promises (Heb. 6:12).
96. Hold to God or Satan as they choose (Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13); hold fast to deceit and refuse to return to God (Jer. 8:5); hold the truth down in unrighteousness and be lost (Rom.l:18-32); hold fast that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21); hold fast the profession of faith or let it go (Heb. 4:14; 10:23); hold fast, and repent (Rev. 3:3); hold fast their crowns lest others get them (Rev. 3:11); and hold fast unto the end to be saved (Rev. 2:25).
97. Stand fast or give in to Satan (2 Thess. 2:15; 1 Tim. l:13).
98. Sin willfully after they have received the knowledge of the truth and have been sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:26-29).
99. Lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily besets them (Heb. 12:1).
100. Make straight paths for their feet or be turned out of the way (Heb. 12:13).
101. Look diligently so as not to fail of the grace of God, permit bitterness that will damn the soul, or become a fornicator as Esau (Heb. 12:15-16).
102. Refuse God and incur His wrath to destruction (Heb. 12:25).
105. Follow peace and holiness or partake of sin and be lost (Heb. 12:14).
106. Gird up the lions of the mind and wait for salvation (1 Pet. l:13).
107. Fashion themselves to their former lusts again, and be lost (1 Pet. 1:14).
109. Sin and die spiritually again, or live free from sin, and have eternal life (Ex. 32:32-33, Ezek. 3:17-20; 18:4, 24; 33:13-16; Rom.1:21-32; 6:16-23; 8:1-13, 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21; 6:7-8; Col. 3:5-10; Jas. 5:19-20).
110. Transgress the doctrine of Christ and be lost (2 John 9-10).
113. Enter the straight gate and walk the narrow way (Matt. 7:13-14).
Things the Bible Does Not Say about Salvation and Eternal Life
1. There are no conditions that man must meet to get saved or to stay saved.
2. Salvation is the work of God alone, and should a saved man be lost God is solely responsible.
3. There is no human element in salvation.
4. A man cannot be punished for the Sins Christ died on the cross to forgive.
5. God forgives at one time all the sins of the believer, past, present, and future.
6. It is not necessary to live right, or to be faithful to the end to be saved.
7. No believer will ever be cut off from God by sin.
8. A saved man cannot commit sin, and even if he could he would not be lost.
9. Confession of sin, repentance, seeking God, or praying to be saved are not necessary to be saved, and preaching such is not preaching the gospel.
10. No man can repent of all his sins, for he cannot remember them all.
11. No scripture requires repentance or confession of sins as a condition of salvation .
12. Israel was commanded to repent, confess sins, pray and seek the Lord, but not the Gentiles since the cross.
13. Under no circumstance can true faith be destroyed, shipwrecked, cast off, or departed from.
14. God cannot and does not see the sins of the saved, for they are not real sins.
15. It is not a part of the work of the Holy Spirit or salvation to improve human nature.
16. A born again man can be as filthy as a barnyard in body, and still be saved and be holy in spirit.
17. It is impossible for any man to really repent.
18. One chosen, elected, and predestinated to be saved is just as much saved before salvation as afterward or saved while living in sin as much as he would be if saved from his sins.
19. The promises and covenants of God with man are unconditional.
20. Man is not a free moral agent and cannot choose of his own will to be saved and to live right.
21. A man loses free moral agency when he is born again. He becomes an irresponsible slave to God.
22. Saved men are still saved while they are committing sin.
23. The death penalty is forever cancelled for the saved regardless of death penalty sins committed after salvation.
24. God always will bring backsliders back to Himself if they were really saved.
25. If ever one is lost who has been once saved that would prove that he never was saved.
26. God’s word is untrue if He ever fails to save eternally any man who backslides.
27. God is the only one responsible for the salvation and damnation of all men.
28. Redemption is faulty and deficient if any once saved man is lost because of his sins.
29. Sin can never reign over the saved man again.
30. God’s grace would cease to be sovereign if a saved man is ever lost.
31. A saved man does not die spiritually when he sins.
32. God will never damn one of His sons.
33. Eternal life would not be eternal if it were ever lost.
34. Eternal life is unforfeitable life or it would not be eternal.
35. No man will ever have his name blotted out of the book of life.
36. There is no example of any one ever falling from grace who was ever in grace.
37. One may backslide and lose fellowship, but not relationship.
38. A believer will never come into condemnation or be judged for his sins.
39. No man can choose to be saved or choose to stay saved.
40. Adam was the only real free moral agent.
41. A man cannot separate himself from God any more than he can separate from the human race.
42. If a saved man could will to go away or could go away from God, he would be more powerful than God.
43. No divine act of God in salvation can be lost by any human act of sin.
44. God is able to keep one saved even while living in sin.
45. If sin could overcome God then sin is more powerful than God.
46. One does not have to continue in faith to be finally saved.
47. If a man could be born again or be converted more than once Christ would have to die for
him more than once.
48. God will not begin a work in one that He cannot finish.
49. The soul and spirit can be holy and the body sinful and corrupt.
50. For a saved man to be lost it would mean the death of the life God gave him.
51. It dishonors the blood of Christ to teach one can be forgiven of past sins only, and should he commit sin again he must be converted again.
52. When one is born again his responsibility for committing sins is over for all eternity.
53. One is not perfect only as long as he is faithful to God.
54. We do not choose to be saved, w e are saved by His choice.
55. Confession of sin is for sinners and not for saints who sin.
56. All future sins of believers are charged to Jesus Christ, not to the one who commits them.
57. We can sin against, grieve, resist, and quench the Holy Spirit, but we cannot drive Him away. One can never lose the Holy Spirit or salvation.
58. Sin is inseparable from man in this life. It is unchanged and unchangeable in a saved man.
59. Eternal life does not depend upon our faithfulness or unfaithfulness to God and His Word.
60. If a believer could sin and perish then he would suffer for the sins Christ suffered for. For God to punish two persons for the sins of one man would make Him an unjust tyrant.
61. The unsaved are not damned for the sins which Christ has borne, how much less could a child of God be condemned for his sins.
62. The new creation can never be lost, because the head of the new creation can never fail.
63. God will not damn a saved man when he sins.
64. Adam was never given eternal life. This is why he could sin and be lost.
65. Eternal life would not be a free gift if God would take it back again because of sin.
66. A saved man can never be disinherited in the kingdom of God.
67. No saved man needs to hold fast to the end, or keep all the commandments to be saved.
68. Eternal life is not a hope or a forfeitable possession now.
69. There can be no real assurance of salvation and no true eternal security unless they are absolutely and eternally unconditional.
70. God will never forsake a saved man, even if the saved man forsakes Him.
71. Man can never get out of Christ. He will not allow it.
72. Eternal life is not a life to come or an inheritance in the next life.
73. It is questionable that any man has ever died with all his sins confessed.
74. God does not accept or reject a man on the basis of obedience to the gospel.
75. Grace is an unconditional work of God and is not governed by personal faith and conduct, or by the free will It does not demand or recognize personal responsibility as to sin and salvation.
One can find hundreds of plan scriptures that contradict the above statements in the many points above in Lessons Nineteen, Twenty-Three, Twenty-Four, Thirty-Three, and Thirty-Five, which see.
There is Literally No Such Thing Taught or Even Hinted in the Bible as:
An unconditional covenant with God.
An unconditional promise from God.
An unconditional eternal salvation by God.
An unconditional eternal security in God.
An unconditional eternal life in grace.
An unconditional assurance from God.
An unconditional eternal grace in God.
An unconditional unforfeitable eternal life.
An unconditional life of sowing and reaping.
An unconditional election and predestination.
An unconditional guarantee of relationship to God.
All these blessings are promised and guaranteed by God on the basis of man meeting a few simple conditions that any man can meet, so there is no excuse to be rebelling against God or of being lost in eternal hell. Conditional eternal security is abundantly assured every person who will believe and conform to the gospel.
10 Ways a Saved Man Can be Lost.
5. By refusing to hear and obey Christ and follow Him (John 10:27-29).
6. Refusing to deny self and take up his cross daily (Luke 9:23).
7. By failing to do the things that guarantee one never to fall (2 Pet. 1:1-10).
– Finis Dake