Boettner, L. – Perseverance of the Saints

Perseverance of the Saints

Loraine Boettner

In this 7 chapter work on the perseverance of the Saints, Boettner (Reformed, Presbyterian) first states the doctrine, the shows us why it doesn’t depend on good works but God’s grace, he examines the Christian’s temporary slide back into sin, how an outward profession of righteousness is no guarantee of salvation, the arminian sense of insecurity, and warnings against apostasy.


1. Statement of the Doctrine.

2. Perseverance Does Not Depend Upon the Person’s Good Works But Upon God’s Grace.

3. Though Truly Saved the Christian May Temporarily Backslide and Commit Sin.

4. An Outward Profession of Righteousness Not a Guarantee That the Person Is a True Christian.

5. Arminian Sense of Insecurity.

6. Purpose of the Scripture Warnings Against Apostasy.

7. Scripture Proof.


Dr. Boettner was born on a farm in northwest Missouri. He was a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.B., 1928; Th.M., 1929), where he studied Systematic Theology under the late Dr. C. W. Hodge. Previously he had graduated from Tarkio College, Missouri, and had taken a short course in Agriculture at the University of Missouri. In 1933 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, and in 1957 the degree of Doctor of Literature. He taught Bible for eight years in Pikeville College, Kentucky. A resident of Washington, D.C., eleven years and of Los Angeles three years. His home was in Rock Port, Missouri. His other books include: Roman Catholicism, Studies in Theology, Immortality, and The Millennium.

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