Some years ago, Charles Stanley had the following illustration on his website. A man accepts Jesus as his savior and faithfully serves the Lord. After two years, he converts to Islam and works against christianity the rest of his life. Will that man go to heaven when he dies? To discuss this, let's treat the various versions of eternal secutity as follows: 1. Unconditional Eternal security (UES) - The man will go to heaven because the gift of salvation is eternal regardless of the man's later desires, i.e. once saved always saved (This was Charles Stanley's position). 2. Conditional Eternal Security (CES) - The man will not go to heaven because he later chose by his Free Will to stop trusting Jesus as savior thereby giving back his free gift of salvation. 3. Conditional Salvation Security (CSS) - The man will not go to heaven because he must not have been really saved, he just thought he was. Otherwise, once saved always saved would not be true. (Many apply the SBC Faith and Message position to support this belief). Note that both UES and CSS say once saved always saved, but they mean different things. While CES does not believe once saved always saved. Note that both CES and CSS believe you must be trusting Christ as savior when you die to get to heaven. While UES says it is not necessay to be trusting Christ as savior to get to heaven. IMHO, CES and CSS believe the same thing from a practical point of view, i.e. you must be trusting Christ as savior when you die to go to heaven. Their difference is primarily a "play on words". On the other hand, the UES belief is basically different in that you do not have to be trusting Christ when you die to get to heaven. For those who use the CSS position to defend eternal security. How do you know that you are not one of those who is not really saved, but just believes he is? Since salvation can be conditional on continuing to trust Christ until you die, You will not know for sure until death. Comments are welcome. On other threads, some comment by presenting a list of scripture which is responded to by another list of scripture from the other position. Let's include discussion in our comments.