Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Deception Of Universalism

  • Defining The Issues:
          -Universalism is an apostate doctrinal philosophy which teaches that all people will ultimately be saved. It therefore denies the existence of an eternal hellfire.
          -Other deceiving titles used to make reference to this doctrine of demons would include ultimate reconciliation, universal salvation, universal restitution, universal restoration, and the doctrine of inclusion.
  • Biblical Refutation Of Universalism:
         1.) Scripture passages discussing the concepts of free will, the nature of hell, and fear of final judgment deliver a sound refutation to this heresy. Consider the example of the parable of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46). Consider also the example of the dividing the wheat from the tares (Matthew 13:36-43).
         2.) The theme throughout the Bible is that sin will ultimately lead up to spiritual death, if not repented of and forgiven by God (Genesis 2:17; Ezekiel 18:1-5; 9; 20-24; Matthew 10:28; 13:49-50; 25:31-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 8:10-18; John 3:15-21; 36; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:5-7; Galatians 5:19-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10; James 4:4; Revelation 20:4-21:5; 22:14-15).
          3.) Few people are doing God's will, and those who are not remain unsaved (Matthew 7:15-23). The wages of sin is death; eternal life is a gift from God (Romans 6:23).
          4.) We are saved trough the transforming power of the gospel, if we hold fast to its teachings by faith and trust in the work of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:2). Any different gospel message, which includes that of universalism, is to automatically be condemned (Galatians 1:8-9).
          5.) While it is true that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind, the Kingdom of God was only prepared for the people who love and serve Him (1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 20:12-15).
  • The Application Of Common Sense: 
           -Universalists literally teach that everybody will eventually be saved, regardless of religious profession or lifestyle. But why would God, who has clearly given us moral standards to abide by and measure against error, accept people into heaven who intentionally acted contrary to His will during their stay here on earth? How is it possible for contradictory religions to all be acceptable to a holy and perfect God at the same time? If universalism is true, then what would be the purpose of the Final Judgement? How could the Lord Jesus Christ be the only way to salvation, as the New Testament Scriptures abundantly affirm (John 14:6; Acts 4:10-12; 1 Timothy 2:4-6)? If Jesus is not the only way to heaven, then He must be a liar and Christianity is false. Whatever happened to following the "narrow gate" (Matthew 7:13-14)?

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