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The Christian doctrine of the perseverance of the saints is an important teaching in the field of Christian theology. Perseverance is persistence in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory. Bible believing Christians in the evangelical churches have not been in complete agreement in their views of this important Christian tenet.

As one who has anticipated serving in the pastorate of the Evangelical United Brethren Church the writer was aware of his need to be able to guide the people in his parish to an intelligent understanding of this tenet and lead them in relating this doctrine to practical personal life. The writer's interest in this Christian teaching was thus aroused stimulating research in this area.

The problem was to present the Wesleyan-Arminian and the Calvinistic doctrines of the perseverance of the saints as presented by a limited number of representative theologians, with a view to determining their areas of agreement and their differences.