SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL
1. There is no unconditional salvation at anytime.
Mrs. White says, "There is no such thing in the word of God as unconditional election- once in grace, always in grace… All who seek to sustain the doctrine of election, once in grace, always in grace, do this against a plain, “Thus saith the Lord.” … Ezekiel 18:21; 33:13. SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p.1114. (Manuscript 57, 1900)
The grace of God does not save anyone unconditionally in the first place,nor will it save anyone unconditionally at the end. Jesus Christ died to save mankind from sin, and His death never saved anyone unconditionally. The death of Jesus Christ is a provisional grace made available for every person to be saved. There is no discrimnation by race, status, color or gender. His salvation act to save mankind is an offer, not a handout. His grace did not save anyone unconditionally. He died to save mankind. In order for anyone to be saved, there are conditions to be met.
2. A sinner cannot be saved without repentance. Thus, repentance is a condition to salvation.
(i) Scriptures - Acts 2:38-39; Proverbs 28:19; 1 John 1:9; 2 Chronicles 7:14.
(ii) Mrs. White says, “Justification by faith is to many a mystery. A sinner is justified by God when he repents.” “Selected Messages”, Book 3, p.193.( Taken from Manuscript 83,1891
3. A sinner cannot be saved without obedience to God’s law. Thus, obedience is a condition to salvation.
Rev 22:14 - Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
1 John 2:3,4 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (v4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Mat 7:22 - Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 - And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Mat 7:24 - Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Spirit of Prophecy:
(i) Ellen G. White says, “The condition of eternal life is now just what it always has been – just what it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents –perfect obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness.”The Greatest Love, p. 42. (Steps to Christ, p.62)
(ii) Ellen G. White says, “God has set forth in His word the conditions upon which every soul will be elected to eternal life – obedience to His commandments,through faithin Christ. God has elected a character in harmony with His law, and anyone who shall reach the standard of His requirementwill have an entrance into the kingdom of glory.”Patriarchs & Prophets, p.207
(iii) Ellen G. White says, “The condition of eternal lifeis now just what it always has been--just what it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents--perfect obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness. If eternal life were granted on any condition short of this, then the happiness of the whole universe would be imperiled. The way would be open for sin, with all its train of woe and misery, to be immortalized.” [God’s Amazing Grace, p.134.5}
(iv) Mrs. White says,“Christ does not lessen the claims of the law. In unmistakable language He presents obedience to it as the condition of eternal life--the same condition that was required of Adam before his fall. . . . The requirement under the covenant of grace is just as broad as the requirement made in Eden--harmony with God's law, which is holy, just, and good.” [God’s Amazing Grace, p.134.6}
(v) Mrs. White says, “Has God, in showing mercy to the sinner, ceased to be just? Has he dishonored His holy law, and will He henceforth pass over the violation of it? God is true. He changes not.The conditions of salvation are ever the same.Life, eternal life, is for all who will obey God’s law.” [God’s Amazing Grace, p. 136]
Repentance and obedience are not the only conditions for eternal life to be assured to the sinner. There are other conditions like confession, believing, faith, trust, surrendering, etc, etc.
This presentation is given to clarify that salvation is not unconditionally as many believed today, and that is why we took 'repentance and obedience" in here as examples to prove it to you as an earnest genuine Christian reader to avoid being deceived in the last days
We ask that you may continue to pray that God may enlighten you further.