My pastor belives in apostasy, but he believes God will give the backsliden Christian a chance to return to fellowship with Christ. He and I were talking about someone who has been living in unrepented sin for eight or nine years, but had a strong testimony for Jesus for over a decade. He feels that before this person passes away the Lord will strongly convict their heart and they will have to spiritually repent and come back to Jesus or decide to leave him forever. If this is the case backsliding is much different than apostasy, although everyone who becomes an apostate had to backslide in the beginning. He believes that sin doesn't send one to hell because Christ paid for those on the cross of Calvary. Therefore for one to go to hell after knowing Christ as their savior, they would have to choice to totally leave him. For those of you who believe in conditional security what do you think?