A Defense 1) People who are TRULY saved do not belittle that gift and say,"Gee...I can sin all I want now", because Christ directs thier hearts to walk worthy of Him: "Now may the Lord DIRECT your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ." (2 Thess. 3:5) 2) We are sealed: "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were SEALED for the day of redemption." (Eph. 4:30) 3) Christ knows we will fail: "But the Lord is faithful, who will ESTABLISH you and GAURD you form the evil one." (2 Thess. 3:3) 4) Yes, we are to be overcomers, and we WILL be, because: "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world -our faith" (1 John 5:4) Remember, faith is God's gift to us. 5) We are SAFELY KEPT: "who are KEPT by the power of God through faith FOR salvation ready to be revealed in the last times." (1 Pet. 1:5) 6) God Himself daily works on our sanctification, PRESERVING us: "Now may the God of peace HIMSELF sanctify you completely; and may you whole spirit, soul, and body be PRESERVED blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also WILL do it." (1 Thess. 5:23,24) 7) Also: "You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power." (Col. 2:10) 8) We are FIRMLY ESTABLISHED within Him alone, NOT in ourselves: "-rooted and built up in Him and ESTABLISHED in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving." (Col. 2:7) 9) We must not rely totaly on ourselves:"...who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ, and have NO confidence in the flesh." (Phil. 3:3) 10) God COMPLETES what He begins in us: "being confident of this very thing, the He who has begun a good work in you WILL complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Php.1:6) 11) It is al grace, grace grace!: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that NOT OF YOURSELVES; it is the GIFT of God." (Eph.2:8) 12) The Holy Spirit "is the GAURANTEE of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory." (Eph. 1:14) 13) Again, it is His mighty grace, and "not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Eph. 2:9) 14) Invidually saved by His ETERNAL DECREE: "having predestined us TO adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, ACCORDING TO the good pleasure of HIS will" (Eph.1:5) 15) We will ALWAYs mess up our walk with Him: "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you DO NOT do the things that you wish." (Gal. 5:17) 16) We MUST rely on the Cross, NOT ourselves: "But God forbid I boast EXCEPT in the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." (Gal. 6:14) 17) We can never be UNcrucified: "I HAVE been crucified WITH Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me." (Gal 2:20) 18) If you are truly saved, you WILL NOT truly fall away:"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having ALL SUFFICIENCY in ALL things, may have an abundance for every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8) 19) Another gaurantee: "Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has also given us the Spirit as a GAURANTEE." (2 Cor. 5:5) 20) Once born again, you are forever CHANGED:"But he who is joined to the Lord is ONE spirit with Him." (1Cor. 6:17) 21) We must walk worthy, but that alone does NOT secure us: "that NO flesh should glory in His presence." (1 Cor. 1:29) 22) Once again. HE establishes us: "Now to Him who is able to ESTABLISH you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began" (Rom. 16:25) 23) We are CONFIRMED: "who WILL confirm you TO THE END, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 1:8) 24) Salvation is NOT irrevocable: "For the gifts and the calling of God IRREVOCABLE." (Rom. 11:29) Salvation is a gift. 25) Salvation is ultimately HIS choice: "Therefore He has mercy on who He wills, and whom He wills He hardens." (Rom 9:18) 26) Again: "So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy." (Rom. 9:16) 27) We all know Romans 8:29,30! 28) WE have no power to SUSTAIN our salvation, but only HE does: "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) NOTHING GOOD dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to PERFORM what is good I DO NOT find" (Rom. 7:18) 29) Jesus says: "And I give them eternal life, and they SHALL NEVER PERISH; neither shall ANYONE [ourselves included] snatch them out of My hand." (Jn. 10:28) Here are a few more: "For YOU ALONE, O Lord, make me dwell in SAFETY." (Ps.4:8) "For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will SURROUND him with a SHIELD." (Ps. 5:12) "You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip." (Ps. 18:36) "My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He SHALL pluck my feet out of the net." (Ps. 25:15) "Shepher them also, and BEAR THEM UP forever." (Ps.28:9) "My times are in YOUR hand." (Ps. 31:15) "On all the inhabitants of the earth, He FASHIONS THIER HEARTS individually" (Ps. 33:15) "For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are PRESERVED forever." (Ps. 37:28) "Blessed is the man YOU choose, and cause to approach You." (Ps. 65:4) "For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance." (Ps.94:14) :He preserves the souls of His saints; He DELIVERS THEM out of the hand of the wicked." (Ps. 97:10) "The Lord shall preserve you from all eveil; He shall preserve you soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in" (Ps.121:7,8) "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You WILL revive me" (Ps. 137:7) "A man's heart plans his way,but the LORD directs his steps." (Prov.16:9) "There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the Lord's counsel -THAT will stand." (Porv. 19:21) There are numerous more Scriptures in the Word that speak of the doctrine of the perserverance of the saints.