Salvation is Conditional

As a Christian, are you aware that Salvation is Conditional upon your obedience towards understanding and doing what God’s Word tells you?

These conditions accompany the promises made by God as contained in the New Covenant. If these conditions are not addressed in this life, it means there is no Salvation in the next life.

Christians should examine the evidence presented in this article to decide if Salvation is Conditional and whether it represents the True Gospel message. My studies indicate that Conditional Salvation is the only Gospel that saves.

An example of God’s Promises being Conditional

An example of what the Bible says about God promising He will heal Christians from their sicknesses and their diseases is stated in the scripture verses below:

But he [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.”  (Isa 53:5)
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, BEING DEAD TO SINS,  should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes YE WERE HEALED.”  (1 Peter 2:24)

With the above promise of healing possible in every Christian’s body, it is up to every ‘believer’ to appropriate that promise by conforming to God’s requirement — on the condition of “…BEING DEAD TO SINS”.  Therefore, Christians must STOP SINNING to appropriate this ‘condition’ needed to appropriate God’s promise of healing.

By using this condition of being “dead to sin” to appropriate bodily healing, there are similar conditions Christians need to be aware of so as to appropriate ALL of God’s remaining promises and especially His Assurance of Salvation if we meet the conditions.

Scriptures Stating Assurance of Salvation:

  • Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life …shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (John 3:15-16, 36; John 5:24).
  •  I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand (or My Father’s hand, John 10:27-29).
  •  I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels …nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39).
  •  We shall be saved from wrath through Him (Rom 5:8-9).
  •  There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus… (Rom 8:1).
  •  He shall be holden up:  for God is able to make him stand (Rom 14:4).
  •  Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that you may be blameless …  God is faithful, by whom you are called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:8-9).
  •  He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph 1:4).
  •  You were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13).
  •  You are sealed unto the day of redemption (Eph 4:30).
  •  He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).
  •  I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day (2 Tim. 1:12).
  •  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (1 Peter 1:5).
  •  We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ. (1 John 2:1-2).
  •  Beloved, now are we the sons of God (1 John 3:2).
  •  Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory (Jude 1:24).

Scriptures Stating Salvation is Conditional

Jesus Christ and the apostles issued various warnings for Christians to observe to obtain Salvation.

14 warnings from Jesus Christ


  • “Let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me ” (Matt 16:24)
  • “Labour for eternal life ” (John 6:27)
  • “You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14)

65 warnings from the Apostle Paul


  • “By patient continuance in well doing seek for eternal life” (Romans 2:7)
  • “Who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit ” (Romans 8:1-4)
  • “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” (Galatians 1:6-9)

4 warnings from the Apostle James


  • “When lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth [eternal] death” (James 1:13-15)
  • “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 2:22-25)
  • “To him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17)

13 warnings from the Apostle Peter

  • “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things you shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:10)
  • “If after they [the Christians] have escaped the [moral] pollutions of the world through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse than the beginning. It had been better not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn away from the holy commandment” (2 Peter 2:20-22)

26 warnings from the Apostle John


  • “We know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3).
  • ” If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15-17).”
  • ” He that does the will of God abideth forever [with God] (1 John 2:17). “

20 warnings from the Apostle Jude


  • Sinning angels are set forth as an example to others who are tempted to sin (Jude 1:6-7). If God will damn them for sin, He will also damn others.
  • Keep yourselves in the love of God (Jude 1:21).
  • Look for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal life (Jude 1:21)

13 warnings from Jesus to the churches in the Book of Revelation

  • You have left your first love. Recognize you are fallen, repent, do your first works; or else I will remove your church (Rev. 2:4-5).
  • Repent, or I [Jesus] will come unto you and fight against you (Rev. 2:16).
  • He [or she] that does not overcome [Satan’s lies and deceptions] I will blot their name out of the book of life (Rev. 3:5; Rev. 22:18-19; Exodus 32:32-33; Psalm 69:25-29).


You should download the pdf file of these warnings below and undertake your own analysis to see if the gospel you believe meets these conditions or not.

Click here to DOWNLOAD THE LIST OF WARNINGS mentioned above that prove Salvation is Conditional.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING. “  (Phil 2:12)
And if the righteous [Christians] SCARCELY BE SAVED, where shall the ungodly [Christians] and the [unsaved] sinner appear.”  (1 Peter 4:18)

Feel free to add some comments about this topic in the Comments below.

9 Replies to “Salvation is Conditional”

  1. Hello. I don’t come to debate per se but I’m curious about my own personal condition?. I’m a 24 year old Christian man who has been made aware of my sexual sin and has been struggling ever since. Is there no more grace for me ? I feel convicted and I have confessed my sin to God and sought an accountability partner. I don’t want to continue in this sin but I keep falling into temptation.

  2. They had to obey the Father’s commandments in old testament, we have to obey Jesus’s commandments to enter heaven. Rev. 22:12-14. They had to obey the 5 books of the law in old testament, we are required to obey the first 4 books (Gospel) of the new testament. The Gospel is not accepted, but obeyed for salvation. 2 Thess 1:7-8, 1 Peter 4:17 Testament=covenant=contract and contract means contract law. Old law New law. This is called mirror image. If we trample this blood covenant and insult the Holy Spirit our judgement will be worse than those in the Old testament. Hebrews 10:28-31. Obedience is required! Not everyone that says unto me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in Heaven. Matt 7:21 Remember we are not saved by a handful of scripture, or the Roman road, but we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We are not saved by grace, but by the word plus grace. There is a way of salvation that seems right to a man but the end thereof is judgement and death. We have to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Peter thought you didn’t have to die like Jesus showed us. Peter was not saved til after the resurrection. “Peter, when you become converted…” Luke 22:31-32. Unless you eat my body and drink my blood you have no part of me. John 6:53 We drink all of it.

    1. To William Norton – you obviously disagree with what I said about Conditional Salvation, but your comments are not consistent with scripture.

      Firstly, I agree with certain comments such as, “They [the Jews] had to obey the Father’s commandments in old testament, we [the Christians] have to obey Jesus’s commandments to enter heaven. Rev. 22:12-14”.

      This statement is very true, but what are the “commandments” that Jesus issued for us to obey?

      In my article above, I provided a link that downloaded a 7-page pdf that shows “warnings” that have been provided by Christ and the apostles to ALL Christians of every generation that they should take heed to. You have failed to make mention of any of these warnings.

      Below is a list from that document, which could be classed as ‘Commands’ by Christ to His people.

      WARNINGS OF CHRIST in the Gospels:
      1. If the salt has lost its savour it is good for nothing but to be cast out (Matt 5:13).
      2. He that endureth to the end shall be saved (Matt 10:22).
      3. Whosoever speaketh a word against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him (Matt 12:32-33).
      4. Dureth for a while … which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away (Matt 13:21; Luke 8:13).
      5. Let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me (Matt 16:24).
      6. Labour for eternal life (John 6:27).
      7. If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed (John 8:31).
      8. Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin (not a son). And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth ever (John 8:34-35).
      9. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:26-27).
      10. If a man love Me he will keep My words (John 14:21-23).
      11. If a 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).
      12. Continue in My love (John 15:9).
      13. If you keep My commandments you shall abide in My love (John 15:10-13).
      14. You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you (John 15:14).

      Jesus Christ was NOT like Moses in issuing commandments.

      Where Moses said, “And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him…” (Lev 24:16) — there is NOTHING like that as judgment in the Gospels or the New Testament.

      On the contrary, the ‘warnings’ listed above are what Christ refers to as His commandments.

      The only exception to this is what the apostles determined for the Gentile converts when they issued this statement:

      “But that we write unto them, that they ABSTAIN FROM POLLUTIONS OF IDOLS, and from FORNICATION, and from THINGS STRANGLED, and from BLOOD.” (Acts 15:20).

      You state that “…we are required to obey the first 4 books (Gospel) of the new testament”.

      Maybe you could provide a book, chapter and verse reference that shows me where the Bible makes that statement, William. I can’t say I have ever seen such a statement, so any help you can provide would be appreciated.

      You then say, “The Gospel is not accepted, but obeyed for salvation”.

      Hmmm…well the words of the Gospel is like a “seed” falling into different types of soil in which it can germinate. The aim of the “seed” is to produce a plant that produces “fruit” —some plants produce thirty times itself, some sixty and some hundred times itself. There is NOTHING here about obedience and laws. It is all about seeds, soil, plants and spiritual fruit being produced. Please read Matthew 13:3-9.

      Where it says, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel….” (Rom 10:16) – this means that they have NOT obeyed the principles of Initial and Final Salvation, which reveals the “mystery” contained with the Apostle Paul’s Gospel termed ‘My Gospel’ (Rom 2:16; 16:25).

      You also say, “Testament=covenant=contract and contract means contract law”.

      The New Covenant is CONDITIONAL upon each Christian understanding what the WARNINGS represent and what the PROMISES are to be realized if the WARNINGS are obeyed. Obviously, if the WARNINGS are disobeyed, the PROMISES of God for eternal life cannot be honored.

      All of the above requirements for Salvation being achieved AFTER one dies can be seen at this link –

      Again you say, “Obedience is required” — just as it was under the Law of Moses, which had NO MERCY but JUDGMENT (if the law was broken), as decreed by the mouths of two or three witnesses (Deut 17:6).

      The New Testament doesn’t work like that.

      EXAMPLE: A mature Christian could be tempted to sin against his wife and against God by committing an act of fornication. Under Moses law, he was to be stoned to death. Under the New Covenant, grace allows him to seek CONFESSION (of his sins to his wife and to God), REPENTANCE (or a vow to say he will never repeat that offence again) and to bring forth the FRUITS OF REPENTANCE (meaning, to often remind other Christians of the pitfalls of sin’s temptations) on this basis:

      “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, and to CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” (1 John 1:9)

      “For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means THE TEMPTER HAVE TEMPTED YOU, and our labour be in vain.” (1 Thess 3:5)

      This is because MERCY REJOICES AGAINST JUDGMENT, as stated below:

      “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and MERCY REJOICETH AGAINST JUDGMENT.” (James 2:13)

      Therefore, it seems to me your view of the two covenants is not quite right, William.

      Again you say, “We are not saved by grace, but by the word plus grace”.

      In this, you are in denial of what God’s word plainly states, William. As to how we are saved, it says this:

      “For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED through FAITH [in the scriptures]; and that not of yourselves: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:5, 8)

      Although it appears you are splitting straws with your statement, the fact is that Christians are Saved by Grace — if they use Grace for the purpose for which God has given, which is as a “gift”:

      “I do not FRUSTRATE THE GRACE of God:” (Gal 2:21) – another warning here!!!
      “Looking diligently lest any man FAIL OF THE GRACE of God” (Heb 12:15) – another warning here!!!
      “But GROW IN GRACE, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)

      In other words, Grace withholds God’s judgment while lessons are being learned by the Christian. If the Christian abuses (or frustrates) God’s Grace by repeatedly sinning, he or she can then FAIL of God’s Grace. If Grace has been removed, then the hardening of the Christian’s heart by God commences, which means that he or she no longer has Salvation in Christ:

      “Therefore hath he MERCY on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will HE [God] HARDENETH [their heart against Him].” (Rom 9:18)

      Therefore, I am not sure what exactly your comments were aiming to achieve, but I appreciate receiving your comments, William.

      1. I don’t know if I understand you correctly.
        One can be saved if has faith
        Faith is to believing Jesus as son of God and when he speaks he speaks behalf of God the father which we serve af our lord.
        So all the word spoken and the new commentments we out to obay not just because we are servants of him but we know the all commentments given to us is to benefit us.
        If we are in relationship with christ we be submissive to the word of God and be fruitful.
        Not like we are being forced to obey but because we know the will of God.
        Unlike old tastment Era we are in the Era of God’s grace not that he will just forgive our sin
        But to forgive our sin to bring us to into him .
        Becoming likeness of him. He came as an example.
        You will understand only if you are in him grace of God is to fulfill we Becoming perfection holy and blameless.
        Seek ye first with all your hearts strength and will and you we will find .
        Do we Christians have this faith we we don’t we are doomed

        1. Hi Max – thanks so much for your comment.

          Firstly, when a Jew or a Christian ‘sins’ AND the sin remains ‘accountable’, God is under an obligation to ensure that the appropriate punishment for the sin committed is inflicted upon the ‘sinner’ so that ‘The Law’ is satisfied. If ‘The Law’ is compromised by God, it is no longer a ‘Law’ but ‘a guide’. Clearly, ALL laws against sin still remain valid:

          “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” (Romans 3:31)

          “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:4)

          There is nowhere in New Testament scripture where it says “The Law’ has been converted to become a guide only – so this is where “Grace” comes into effect.

          “God’s Grace” allows God to defer punishment for the sin(s) committed AFTER sufficient opportunities have been given to the ‘sinner’ to have:

          CONFESSED their sin – to both God and to those offended

          REPENTED from ever committing that sin again

          Brought forth the “FRUITS OF REPENTENCE” for that sin

          “If we CONFESS OUR SINS, he [God] is faithful and just to FORGIVE US OUR SINS, and to CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” (1 John 1:9)

          “Bring forth therefore FRUITS MEET FOR REPENTANCE:” (Matthew 3:8)

          If Christians fail to eradicate ALL of their sinful habits prior to the death, ALL of their unconfessed sins will have been recorded in the “books in Heaven” (Matthew 12:36) to be read out at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11) – prior to them being cast alive in their eternal, immortal body for everlasting torment in the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:12-15 and Isa 66:23-24).

          Secondly, FAITH “…is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED FOR, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

          The Bible says that if you have “…FAITH [the size] as a grain of [tiny] mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and NOTHING shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17:6)

          What the Bible defines as “Faith” has been corrupted in the churches today to mean, “Belief”. This means that Christians ignore the many “commandments” issued by Jesus and the apostles and therefore place their “belief” (rather than “faith”) in their false Christ rather than the Biblical Jesus. I hope that you understand where I am coming from in this vitally important matter, Max.

          In regards to the comments that you posted, I AGREE WITH YOUR STATEMENTS THAT FOLLOW (with a few spelling corrections from me):

            “So all the word spoken and the New Commandments we are to obey not just because we are servants of him but we know the all commandments given to us is to benefit us.”
            “If we are in relationship with Christ we will be submissive to the word of God and be fruitful.”
            “Becoming in the likeness of him. He came to us as an example.”
            “You will understand only if you are in him. Grace of God is to fulfil God’s will. We are becoming perfect, holy and blameless.”
            “Do we Christians have this faith? If we we don’t, we are doomed”

          Basically Max, you do have a good grasp on faith and grace, but you do need a better and more complete understanding, so let me say this.

          God required the Old Testament Jews to become as Holy as God is holy:

          “For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy…” (Leviticus 11:44)

          In the New Testament, He requires the same condition to be met for the Christian as for the Jew:

          “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [or lifestyle]; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-17)

          However, God has underscored the requirement for holiness being evident in His people – by Him saying this:

          Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby MANY [Christians] BE DEFILED [meaning, NO Salvation!!];” (Hebrews 12:13-15)

          Under the Law of Moses, the Jews were required to sacrifice innocent animals to pay the price for their sins:

          “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4)

          However, while living under GRACE, God requires ALL Christians to:

            LEARN what sin is by studying the Bible (2 Tim 2:15);
            IDENTIFY sin in your own life;
            CONFESS those sins to both God and the offended party;
            MAKE RESTITUTION for the sins committed to God and the offended party;
            TEACH OTHERS about the sins you have committed and how ‘THE LAW’ made you ‘GUILTY BEFORE GOD’ but GRACE gave you the opportunity to have your sin blotted out (Acts 3:19);
            REPENTANCE vowed by you to never commit that sin again;
            FRUITS OF REPENTANCE that allow all others to witness that those past sins are no longer evident in your life.

          The above requirements are the pre-requisites needed by every Christian to demonstrate to God (and others) that such a Christian is “walking in the light and He is in the light” – meaning, Biblical truth (1 John 1:7). This also indicates one is therefore “walking in the Spirit” and NOT “walking in the flesh” (Romans 8:1).

          I hope these comments answer your question, Max. If not, please add another comment.

          Blessings, Alan

  3. I can’t find my previous thread talking about the branches of the Vibe being Christians. It eludes to the fact that the vines being both Christians and non Christians. Read romans chap 11. Since Jesus is the Creator he made us all. Those who do not believe were thrown into the fire because did their unbelief.

    I sent that tonight. I’m sure you’ll see it. “James”

    My concern is the works based argument is not biblical. Jesus is the only answer and is all sufficient. I made the arrangement of the thief on the cross who had no works and was not baptized.

    Jesus changes our hearts and our works are an indication of that change of heart. But it is not our works that achieves our salvation. According to Ephesians. So no one can boast. It is the grace of god Alone.

    Sent as a brother in Christ. Thank you for bringing Jesus to others. It is more than I am doing and I appreciate your work for Christ.


    1. You have spoken the truth James
      Romans 4:6
      Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
      Romans 4:7-8 Authorized (King James) Version
      7 saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
      Romans 4:5
      But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
      Philippians 2:12-13
      12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
      It is all of GOD and none of me

      1. To MJ – your scripture references to Romans are indeed correct for Initial Salvation – this elementary stage of Salvation representative of being saved by grace and faith alone.

        However, every Christian is then expected to “STRIVE to enter in[to Heaven] at the strait gate: for MANY [Christians], I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and SHALL NOT BE ABLE.” (Luke 13:24)

        Therefore MJ, maybe you need to view a recent Bible study of mine that identified the Eight Stages of Initial and Final Salvation that every Christian should consider.


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