Mugwump: the "universalism" taught in the early church was that salvation was offered to all men by receiving forgiveness through the substitutionary death of the Lord, and by having confidence in him to save oneself. Cynthia's pastor was probably preaching against universal-apocatastasis, saying all men and devils eventually are saved, and that there is no Hell.
---Glenn on 7/19/10|
Matt.7 v 14, only but few, Not all.
---Lawrence on 7/19/10|
Universalism deserves serious consideration. Many in the early Church taught it.
---mugwump on 9/19/09|
Your Bishop is fulfilling his obligation to protect the flock *1. If Universalism means that there are ways to be saved other than to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, and / or that those who die, but not in the Lord, get some other opportunity to enter Heaven, than your Pastor is correct to oppose it *2. Even then, a Heaven full of people who don't desire to be there would be a Hell for us Christians. To tell someone the truth is to love her *3.
*1 Jeremiah 3:15, Romans 12:7, Ephesians 4:11-14, 1Thessalonians 5:12-22, 2Timothy 2:15-16, 4:1-5.
*2 Matthew 7:13-27, Luke 13:24-28.
*3 Matthew 21:28-32, John 8:32-47, Galatians 2:4-5, 1Peter 1:22, 1John 3:18.
---Glenn on 7/28/09|
One world church will lead to the anti-Christ. After Jesus returns and takes over, then will be the time for the entire world to be unified in worship of God.
---Betty on 7/27/09|
God gave man free will to choose or not to choose. The option of not to choosing means damnation. It's that simple. He doesn't want slaves who mindlessly follow the herd.
---stephen on 7/27/09|
cynthia~ Universalism is a dangerous teaching and does not line up with scripture. To truly love another does not mean that we will teach that all people will end up in heaven one day, and fill people with a 'feel-good' gospel. To truly love someone is to teach the absolute truth of God's Word...the truth that says that God is ever merciful, ever gracious, and will forgive those who have truly surrendered their life to the Lord as evidenced by the fact that they have truly repented of their past life and now live for the Lord in sincerity to do His will and bring Him honor and glory.
---Anne on 7/26/09|
We should be always careful about labels because they necessarily acquire the variable meanings of the user at the time of their use.
My question to you though is: If God knew every detail before the universe was created, then He certainly knew that millions, perhaps billions or even trillions of people would be cast into hell with Satan and his angels. Therefore, if it is God's Will that everyone be saved, is there an entity, man or otherwise, on earth or anywhere else, that could deter, defer or deny the Will of The All Powerful, All Wise, All Knowing God?
---Janze on 7/25/09|
You have to understand the meaning of "Universalism" in order to understand the ramifications of the teaching. You are correct, we are to love one another especially those of the "household of faith". We are to love our enemies,too. Universalism teaches as Lawrence has already stated that everyone will eventually be saved, even those who reject Jesus Christ. This is totally against the teaching of Scripture. Be careful how you embrace doctrines you might noe understand correctly.
---tommy3007 on 7/25/09|
God created people with a free will to chose him or not to chose him. Its very clear and Jesus said that you must be born of the water and the spirit to enter heaven.
Matthew7:13-15 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves
there is only one way to heaven.
That's why you need to read your bible. People make up there own stuff.
---batieste on 7/24/09|
1 Timothy 4:10 > "For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe." So, clearly, Cynthia, God is doing saving good to "all men", but it says also, "especially of those who believe." And so, He is loving them all, but how people are can keep them from benefitting like they could. It's like how Jesus prayed out that forgiveness, and that "thief on the cross" got it (Luke 23:34-43), but others didn't. And, yes, then, God would have us also do all the good we can for any person, at all > "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children." (Ephesians 5:1)
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/24/09|
No,it teaches that all can ,or will receive salvation because of the love and mercy of God. This is true,but this doctrine is flawed because it teaches,or neglects to teach that acceptance of christ and his death atoned for the worlds sin,which when we accept him God then gives us eternal life.The concept you speak of in its basic form teaches that a loving God will allowall in heaven ,even when they dont accept christ,which is in direct opposition to scripture.
---tom2 on 7/24/09|
Wide is the path to destruction and small is the gate to salvation.
That saying appears to contradict Universalism. Not everyone can walk down the road to salvation, the gate is too small to enter for everyone.
---stephen on 7/24/09|
Universalism? Is this evangelical universalism? Which is an interesting concept, although I don't buy it. By one man sin came into the world, by One Man all will be saved.
What I find interesting, if I believed this, is that I would tend to view unbelievers differently, because of the remote possibility that I may see them in heaven, what would I say to them about how I treated them on earth? God loves them, and maybe in the after life God will give them another oportunity for salvation which they will accept.
Christians can tend to think that they are better than the unsaved because God saved them and not others. God does love all people and so should we.
---Rod on 7/24/09|
Yes we are called to love everyone. The problem with universalism, is that it is NOT lined up with the Bible. It teaches that ALL ways lead to God - the Bible says ONLY JESUS leads to God. It also teaches that ALL religions are correct - the Bible teaches that God is NOT into religion, but the KINGDOM, and that what is in the Bible is the ONLY TRUE way. It also teaches that if it is truth to you, than it is truth - the Bible teaches that the ONLY TRUTH is found in God and His Word (the Bible and Jesus being the Word made flesh). Universalism basicly says that whatever way you want to go is truth - this is living for SELF and making SELF God (idolitry). Jesus said if you are NOT for Me, you are AGAIST Me - serving self and world, NOT God.
---Leslie on 7/24/09|
My dictionary says that universalism is all souls will eventually find salvation of the grace of God. We are to love one to another. Universalism is Wrong,all souls will Not find salvation. Hell was created for satan & his angels. God did not intend for peoples souls to go there. Because of rebellion,the god of this world(satan),has people minds are so seared with the pleasures of this life & world with other has taken their attention away from God Almighty,So,people are sending them selves to hell. The pastors that are teaching such are blind guides along with so many others that are teaching false-hoods.
God's Salvation plan is according to Mark 16 v 16,Acts 2 v's 37-41 which Fulfils Matt 28 v's 19-20,with the Whole Word of God.
---Lawrence on 7/24/09|