There a several passages which indicate that God threatens believers: For example, scripture says that: (1) He would "cut us off" if we do not "continue in his kindness." (Rm 11:22). (2) He would erase our names from the lambs book of life. (Rev. 3:5) (3) He would remove forgiveness from one who chooses not to forgive the lessor debt. (Matt. 18:34) It would seem that there are 2 possiblities: 1. It is possible to have your name erased from the book of life (cut off), so you better strive to continue in the faith and not permit this to happen. 2. It is not possible to have your name erased from the book of life and God was making an empty threat (bluff) to motivate believers to continue in the faith. If you choose #2 my question is this: Why would God strive to motivate the elect by telling them something that cannot happen? Is the effectually calling of God not enough of a motivation that they need Christ to threaten them with lies? Why would he lead them to believe the lie that their names might be erased if they didn't continue in the faith? This just doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Can you please explain?