Major, the writer you quoted gave examples of some saved men of God who truly repented of their doing. What about Saul? He was saved; then lost it! TO THE CONTRARY, ETERNAL LIFE CAN BE LOST AS PROVED BY THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES: 1. "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 2:17). Adam surely died; he fell from God's grace or favor; and he lost the eternal life he possessed and could have kept forever, if he had not sinned (Rom. 5:12-21). 2. Moses said, "If thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me I pray thee out of thy book which thou hast written. And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of my book." (Ex. 32:32-33; Deut. 9:7-29; 11:13-25). 3. "Defile not yourselves in ANY OF THESE THINGS (that I cast out the nations for) ... ye shall not commit any of these abominations ... whosoever shall commit any of these things shall be cut off" (Lev. 18:24-30). 4. "If ye shall not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments ... ye break my covenant: I also will do this to you ... ye shall perish" (Lev. 26:13-39). Many times God said Israel would perish if she sinned. (Deut. 8:19-20; 11:26-28; 15:4-6; 28:21-22; 30:15-20). 5. "KEEP the commandments ... your eyes have seen what the Lord did BECAUSE of baal-peor ... God destroyed them from among you (24,000 once born again men were killed for adultery in one day - Num. 25:1-8) ... But ye that did cleave unto the Lord are alive every one of you this day" (Deut. 4:1-4). 6. "TAKE HEED unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord ... God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God ... When thou shalt beget children ... remain long in the land, and corrupt yourselves ... do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger ... ye shall utterly perish ... be utterly destroyed" (Deut. 4:23-31). 7. "WHEN God shall give you great and goodly cities, and houses full of good things ... WHEN thou shalt have eaten and be full; THEN beware lest thou forget the Lord ... Ye shall not go after other gods ... lest the anger of the Lord be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the earth. Ye shall not tempt the Lord ... do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee" (Deut. 6:10-19). 8. "All the commandments ... shall ye observe and do, that ye may live" (Deut. 8:1-6). 9. "IF thou do at all forget the Lord, walk after other gods, and serve them ... I testify against you this day that ye shall utterly perish; BECAUSE ye would not be obedient" (Deut. 8:19-20). 10. "IF thou shalt ... do all his commandments ... all these blessings shall come upon you (21 different blessings, Deut. 29:1-14). But it shall come to pass IF thou wilt not ... observe to do all His commandments ... that all these curses (122 curses, Deut. 28:15-68) shall come upon thee ... till thou be destroyed; BECAUSE ye did not keep the commandments ... BECAUSE thou servedst not the Lord ... until thou be destroyed ... as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to naught; and ye shall BE PLUCKED from off the land (Deut. 28:1-68). 11. God said that any man who turns his heart away from Him and says, "I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst (GO HEAD-LONG INTO SIN): the Lord will not spare him ... then the anger of the Lord and His jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven" (Deut. 29:18-28). 12. "The Lord said to Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this (born again) people will rise up, and go a whoring after others gods ... and will forsake me, and break my covenant ... THEN my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured" (Deut. 30:16-30). 13. "Moses wrote this song: "They have corrupted themselves ... They sacrificed to devils, not to God ... Of the Rock that begat thee ... thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God ... WHEN the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, BECAUSE of the provoking of his sons and daughters ... They have moved me to jealousy ... provoked me to anger ... a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell ... I will heap mischiefs (calamities) upon them" (Deut. 32:1-44). According to this Scripture born again men who are sons and daughters of God can backslide, fall from grace, forget God, provoke Him to anger, and cause Him to abhor them and destroy them in the lowest hell. 14. "The anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel ... The Lord said, Israel hath sinned ... neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accused from among you" (Josh. 7:1, 10-12). 15. "IF ye do in any wise go back ... THEN shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly" (Josh. 23:12-16). 16. "IF ye forsake the Lord ... and serve other gods, THEN he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, AFTER that he hath done you good" (Josh. 24:2-20). 17. "Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua ... (then) Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served Balaam: and forsook the Lord ... and followed other gods ... And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel ... God sold them into the hands of their enemies ... WHEN the Lord raised up judges, THEN the Lord was with the judge BECAUSE of their groanings ... WHEN the judge was dead, they returned and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel ... BECAUSE that this people transgressed my covenant, and have not hearkened unto my voice" (Judge 2:1-23; 3:1-4). This sinning and repenting went on for more than 450 years. During that time Israel experienced eight servitudes to other nations from 8 to 40 years each, while in a backslidden state; and between times they served God and were in His grace and favor. As in the period of the judges, Israel "did evil in the sight of the Lord" many times during the period of the kings, and God destroyed them (1 Kings 14:22; 15:26, 34; 16:7; 2 Kings 17:1-17; 2 Chron. 36). Furthermore, the prophets speak of Israel as being cut off, consumed, destroyed, and rejected of God because of sins; and so, eternal life can be lost thorough sin, and by sin only (Isa. 5:24-25; 28:7-8, 13-22; 63:10; 64:5-7; Jer. 2:5-37; 3:1-25; 4:1-31; 5:1-31; 6:1-30; 7:1-34;9:13-16; 12:14-1`7; 14:7-16; Jer. 15:1-7; 16:11-18; 17:4-13; 18:7-17; 19:4-7; 21:8-14; 22:9; 23:1-40; 25:4-9; 26:3-5; 29:19-23, 32; 32:26-36; 35:15-17; 26:7; Lam. 1:8-9; 2:7; 5:22; Ezek. 13:1-23; 14:6-11; 20:7-13; 22:28-31). 18. "Let me alone that my wrath may wax hot against them and that I may CONSUME them" (Exod. 32:10, 12; 33:3, 5; Num. 16:21, 45; Deut. 7:16, 22; 11:1; 14:35; 16:26, 35; 32:13; Deut. 2:15-16; Josh. 5:6). God vowed that He would consume all who would forsake Him and live in sin (Isa. 1:28; 64:7; Jer. 5:3; 9:16; 14:15; Ezek. 5:12; 22:31). Paul said that we must "have grace to serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 12:28-29). WHY "fear" if there is no fear of a consuming fire for those who serve Him and fall away? 19. "Is it a light thing for Judah to commit these abominations ... to provoke me to anger ... I also will DEAL with them in fury; my eye will not spare, neither will I have pity" (Ezek. 8:17-18). 20. "If ye forget my commandments ... then I will PLUCK them up by the roots" (2 Chron. 7:19-20); "if they will not obey, I will utterly PLUCK up and destroy" (Jer. 12:14-17; 18:7-17; 22:24-26; 31:28-30; 45:4; Ezek. 17:9). In the N.T. we learn that God will not pluck up the one who "HEARS the voice of Christ and FOLLOWS Him." See John 10:27-29. 21. "When a righteous man [Jew or Gentile, under law or under grace] doth turn from righteousness, and commit iniquity ... HE SHALL DIE ... Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surly live ... When the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity ... All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them SHALL HE DIE ... for his iniquity that he hath done SHALL HE DIE" (Ezek. 3:20, 21; 18:24-32). 22. "The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; NEITHER SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS BE ABLE TO LIVE for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth ... HE SHALL DIE FOR IT ... When the righeous turneth FROM HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and committeth iniquity, HE SHALL EVEN DIE THEREBY" (Ezek. 33:12-20). Suchsimple language does not need interpretation. These passages are God's own words and they prove a righteous man dies again when he sins and he will be lost if he dies in his sins. 23. "WHOSOEVER THAT SINNED AGAINST ME, HIM WILL I BLOT OUT OF MY BOOK" (Exod. 32:30-35). God said this and He means it. Again we read, "Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous" (Psalms 69:28). This is a prophecy of Judas, as proved by a comparison of Acts 1:20 and Psalms 69:25-29. In Revelation we read, "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life" (Rev. 3:5). This passage teaches that if men who were in the book of life did NOT overcome, their names would blotted out. 24. "Not every one that saith, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21). If one ceases to do the will of God he loses eternal life and will not enter the kingdom of God unless he comes back to repentence and godliness again. 25. "He that endureth to the end shall be saved" Matt. 10:22). It is possible not to endure to the end, or this Scripture is meaningless. 26. "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matt. 24:12). When love waxes cold one has lost Christ and eternal life and will be spued out (Rev. 2:4-5; 3:15-16). One who has lost love has lost God, and if one has lost God he has lost grace as stated in 1 John 4:8, 12, 16, 21; Gal. 1:6-8; 5:4; Heb. 12:15. 27. "When ye (disciples) stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any ... But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses" (Mark 11: 25-26; Matt. 18:21-35). Even this then, will cut off eternal life. 28. "If any man defile the temple of God (the body), him shall God destroy" "Out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, deceit, lasciciousness, a evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolsihness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man" (Mark 7:21-28). 29. "They hear, receive the word with joy ... which for a while believe, and in the time of temptation FALL AWAY" (Luke 8:13). 30. "The Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him ... and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers" (Luke 12:46; Rev. 21:8; 22:15). 31. "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him" (John 6:66). 32. "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed" (John 8:31). If you do not continue, the opposite is true: you are not His disciple and do not have eternal life. 33. "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not for ever (does not have eternal life): but the Son (who does not commit sin) abideth for ever (has eternal life). If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:34-36). 34. "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death" (John 8:31; 14:15, 21-24; 15:9-14). If one does not keep His saying, the result of course, will be death. 35. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and the FOLLOW ME: And I give unto them (that follow me) eternal life; and they (that follow me) shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them (that follow me) out of my hands. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them (that follow me) out of my Father's hand" (John 10:27-29). This gives eternal security and eternal life to all who follow Christ, and nothing to them that do not follow Him and do not hear His voice, that is, obey it, and heed what He says. To claim the benefits promised means nothing if we do not literally and daily hear His voice and follow Him. Note that the passage simply states that no "man," that is, no other human can pluck a person out of the hand of God; BUT, if a person sins, God, Himself has the right anc can pluck and truly does pluck such a sinning person out of His own hand, for He is Holy and cannot tolerate sin, as we have seen in point 20, above. 36. "Every branch IN ME [being in Christ makes one a new creature and a holy branch, 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 11:16] that beareth not fruit he taketh away [not WITHERED; and men gather them and CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE, and THEY ARE BURNED" (John 15:1, 2, 6). To teach from this passage that all men are "in Christ" is to teach that all men are "clean" for to the same men He said, "ye are the branches ... Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you" (John 15:3, 5). The same ones that were "branches" and were "in Christ" also had Christ in them "John 15:4-7). This statement could never be made of sinners, for Paul said, "Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates" (2 Cor. 13:5) and "if Christ be in you the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness" (Rom. 8:9, 10). To teach, as ultra-graceists do, that "in me" means the universal sense of being in Christ and "taketh away" means taken to Heaven is to teach that all men are saved, that God is pruning all men, that all men are "clean" by the Word, that God is the "Father" and "husbandman" of all men, and that all men will be taken to Heaven. If these things are true then these teachers ought to quit worrying about the security of any one, for all are saved, and if all are saved and no saved man can be lost, then all have eternal life and will go to Heaven. If this is true, then we do not need churches or preachers and we should get rid of both. The more these men twist and deny Scripture to prove some unscriptural doctrine, the more they become inconsistent with themselves and the Bible. If John 15 does refer only to saved men, then it is certain that they can get out of Christ, be cut off and be burned, and if this does not mean the loss of the soul it means nothing. If the branches can be cut off, then it proves holy people can be cut off and be burned, for Rom. 11:16 says, "If the root be holy, SO ARE THE BRANCHES." If holy men can be lost through sin then saved men can be lost, and once saved, always saved is false. 37. "If any man abide not in me, 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 15:6). This much is certain: the branches that wither and become fruitless were once in the vine, otherwise they would not be branches of the vine. The responsibility of staying in the vine (Christ), lies with the branches who can bear more or less fruit as they obey God and yield to Him to bring forth fruit. Thus, one can become out of Christ by his refusal to obey God and bring forth fruit. 38. "Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them (that thou hast given me, and that I have given eternal life to) is lost, but the son of perdition" (John 17:2, 12). Here Christ acknowledges that power had been given Him to give eternal life to every man whom God had given Him, and Judas is recognized among those who had been given Him; therefore, Judas as well as the others had been given eternal life. It just so happened that Judas was the only one among this particular group whom Christ did not keep, and who was lost. Judas, at one time, had an apostleship but lost it, and by transgression fell (Acts 1:20, 25). If he fell from the ministry and the apostleship by transgression, then it should be clear that he was a truly saved man before this transgression. This can be expounded on further if desired. 39. "When THEY KNEW GOD, they glorified him not as God ... their foolish heart was darkened ... they became fools ... God gave them up to uncleanness ... God gave them up unto vile affections ... God gave them up to a reprobate mind ... Being filled with all unrighteousness ... they are worthy of death" (Rom. 1:21-32; 2:1-5). 40. "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin UNTO DEATH, or of obedience UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS.... the end of those things [committing sins] IS DEATH ... For the wages of sin IS DEATH" (Rom. 6:16-23). 41. "Through their fall salvation is come to the Gentiles ... if the fall of them be the riches of the world ... how much more their fullness? ... For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? ... because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear. For if God spared not the natural branches (elect Israel when they sinned), TAKE HEED LEST HE ALSO SPARE NOT THEE, goodness; IF THOU CONTINUE in His goodness: otherwise thou also shall be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in AGAIN ... so all Israel shall be saved" AGAIN (Rom. 11:11-32). 42. "All our fathers ... did eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ (proving they were born again, Deut. 32:15-19). But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. Neither let us tempt Christ as some of them ... and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples ... for our admonition ... Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:1-8). WHY THE "TAKE HEED" IF THERE IS NO CHANCE OF "LEST HE FALL"? 43. "The gospel ... by which ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain" (1 Cor. 15:1-8). 44. "I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Cor. 11:1-3; Col. 2:8-19). 45. "I marvel that ye are so soon REMOVED FROM Him (Christ) that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel" (Gal. 1:6-7). Dake, Finis (2011). God's Plan for Man. Dake Publishing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.