JoshT - you wrote:<br><br>[color:blue]"This goes back to why I say hearing and following Christ are not merits that earn us eternal life, but conditions which God has set if He is to save us."</font color=blue><br><br>Are you not simply doing the double-speak? You say that believing and making a decision are not 'works' you say that FOLLOWING (i.e., persevering for a lifetime even) Christ is also NOT a work...but merely a 'condition'.<br><br>If it walks and quacks ....<br><br>In Him, <br>