The Roots of Opposition to Conditionalism

Those who believe that God alone is immortal (1 Timothy 1:176:15-16), and that he created man with the potential for immortality but the potential for immortality was lost at the Fall, but was given hope of eternal life and immortality through their relationship with Jesus Christ at the Second Coming of Jesus and the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15: 20-23), are referred to as ‘Conditionalists’. Human beings are offered eternal life and immortality ‘conditional’ to their relationship with Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:51-57). In contrast, ‘Traditionalists’ believe human beings have inherited an immortal soul that go to heaven or hell at death. Conditionalists believe the Bible teaches that immortality is conditional on one one’s obedient relationship with God provided through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).  There has been a long history of disagreement between the two schools of thought. James Kenneth Brandyberry writes on, ‘The Roots of Opposition to Conditionalism‘.

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