Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Deception Of Universalism

  • Defining The Issues:
         -Universalism is a professing Christian belief system which teaches that everybody goes to heaven after death, regardless of people's lifestyles. It therefore denies the existence of hell. Unfortunately, the unbiblical system of doctrine called "universalism" has been gradually infecting the most conservative Christian churches. 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.
         2.) The theme throughout the Bible is that sin will ultimately lead up to spiritual death if not repented of by a true conversion of heart (i.e. 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; 16:19-31; John 3:15-21; 36; Romans 1:18-32; 6:23; 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 do not will not be saved (Matthew 7:21).
          4.) We are saved trough the power of the gospel, IF we hold fast to its teachings (1 Corinthians 15:2). It does not matter whether you like this fact or not, but 1 Corinthians 15:2 says we are saved through the transforming power of the gospel IF we abide by its teachings. Clearly, salvation is conditional. Any "gospel message" (which includes the message of universalism) that is different from what is taught in Scripture is to automatically be rejected (Galatians 1:8-9).
  • The Application Of Common Sense: 
           -Universalists literally teach that everybody will 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 the souls of the people who intentionally acted contrary to His will during their stay on earth? Is He not just in giving us the gift of reason and thus a chance to be saved from eternal condemnation in literal flames? How is it possible for contradictory religions to all be correct at the same time? If universalism is true, then what would be the purpose of the rapture and the Final Judgement? How could the Lord Jesus Christ be the only way to salvation, as the New Testament Scriptures abundantly affirm (i.e. John 14:6; Acts 4:10-12; 1 Timothy 2:4-6)? What about the people who existed prior to the coming to the Messiah? What about finding the "narrow gate" (Matthew 7:13-14)? While it is true that Jesus died on the cross for mankind, the Kingdom of God was only prepared for the people who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9; James 2:5; Revelation 20:12-15).