Beloved, when God weighs you in His balances, you will be found wanting if your righteousness is not of God in Christ Jesus. Except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of heaven - Matthew 5:20. Self-righteousness is like filthy rags and falls short of God's standard of true righteousness.
The Lord wants us to make the right choices in life. He commands us to prove all things and to test the spirits by His Word. The written word of God is given to guide us in the right way. Therefore, we should no more be children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive – Ephesians 4:14.
The story of the prodigal son and his father paints a vivid picture of what happens between the backslidden believer and the heavenly Father. God is yearning and waiting for such a time when the backslider will realise himself, arise and come back home. The moment he takes the first step, God will run to him with compassion to receive and restore him.
The scripture debunks annihilationism otherwise known as the doctrine of conditional immortality: the idea that a human soul is not immortal unless it is given eternal life. This satanic doctrine asserts that God will eventually destroy or annihilate the wicked, leaving only the righteous to live on in immortality. But the Bible teaches that all souls are immortal: "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into eternal life” - Matthew 25:46.
Eli was a priest of the Lord and he had two sons; Hophni and Phinehas who became vile because they were not trained. While the priest was busy serving the Lord, and ministering to the people his children were left to themselves. He failed in his responsibility to train them up in the way of the Lord. Although he was faithful keeping the vineyards of others, he failed to keep his own vineyard - Songs of Solomon 1:6.