For the elect children of God, eternal salvation is absolutely unconditional and premised entirely on God's mercy, but while on earth his obedience or disobedience to God's instructions after being given gospel instruction can be a blessing or a curse to him. The Bible says Christ died while we were yet without strength (Romans 5:6), while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), and that the eternal salvation of God's children was authored and finished by Christ (Heb. 12:2), and that His atonement was sufficient to cover all sins (including the sin of unbelief). For eternal salvation it was all a work of God. But if eternal salvation is all there is to it, and if eternal salvation requires no action from man, and is all of God, then what for were the Apostles sent to preach to all nations and to teach ? Because God knows that the cause of all misery on this fallen earth is sin, and sin is the transgression of his law, and "his people perish for lack of knowledge". That is what gospel instruction is for. To give knowledge of the narrow way and teach us how to walk circumspectly. The Scriptures were written for the benefit of the children of God, not for unregenerate mankind, since God has only one end for unregenerate mankind, and that is their eternal punishment (Psalm 37). The Bible clearly teaches in many places that there is such a thing as being saved in time from the consequences of disobedience and wilful unbelief, and that is by abiding in Christ, by focusing on Christ, and by keeping His word in our hearts. Acts 2:40-41, for example, states that, while those regenerate believers have already received their eternal salvation in Christ, they still had to do something while on earth, and that is "save themselves from this untoward generation". 1 Timothy 2:15 will be absurd if we say that the woman will be eternally saved thru childbearing. So we cannot but understand that this is salvation in time being spoken of. 1 Timothy 4:16 also says " Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. " Is Paul saying Timothy can eternally save himself and those that hear him ? I doubt it. Timely salvation is that concept of practical holiness in which one, strives to obey the precepts of Christ, and His commands, not because he pants and craves for the blessings and protection that obedience affords him, but because he loves Christ. Timely salvation has conditions attached to it. Some examples: </font> John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.</font> Joh 15:4 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.</font> John 15:5- I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.</font> Joh 15:6 - If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.</font> Joh 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.</font> IFB Reformer has called this concept of gospel obedience, heresy. I suppose he means that God elected his people in order to make them believers, and after they can live any which way they want and be assured of all of God's protection ? That God will look on them favorably no matter if they live in sin wilfully and bless them and hear their prayers because they are His children ? That sin, wilfull disobedience, unbelief in all its forms and directions, no longer holds any consequence that the child of God should avoid in this plane called time ? Is IFB Reformer advocating antinomianism ? I am sure he is not, but, he sure sounds like he is by calling Primitive Baptists heretics because they call Practical Holiness by another name ?