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Universalism is the unscriptural belief that in the end all people will go to heaven. Some people who believe in Universalism even believe the devil himself will be saved in the end. That also means some of the most evil people of all time are now in heaven—Judas Iscariot, Hitler, Nero, Anton LaVey, Aleister Crowley, Bloody Mary, etc. Even the future Antichrist himself will be there! That doctrine has various other names such as:
● Ultimate Reconciliation
● Universal Salvation
● Universal Restitution
● Universal Restoration
● Doctrine of Inclusion
Regardless the name, the concept of Universalism is spiritually dangerous though it sounds great and seemingly exalts Jesus’ death on the cross, which is likewise a common facade and snare with eternal security. Though people who embrace Universalism claim to be Christians, they fail the Biblical test for such. They deny the necessity of repentance on man’s part for personal salvation and other basic truths. Especially repulsive to those who believe in Universalism is the existence of eternal torment for the wicked dead in hell.
The Universalists are like partial Calvinists regarding salvation in the end and man's free will. The Calvinists believe in double predestination, which means a person is predestined by God and apart from man’s will to salvation or damnation. The Universalists believe, all with no exception, will be in heaven with no one going to damnation, apart from man’s will.
As much as the Universalists embrace and exalt certain passages (1 Tim. 4:10; Rom. 11:32; etc.) the chief deathblow to their whole theology is, they overlook, deny and refuse many Scriptures which clearly oppose their doctrine. To know the truth on any subject, one needs to look at all the related Scriptures and not just a few. That is also how the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, Seventh Day Adventist, etc. have all gotten into error. Finding God’s truth is like fitting all the pieces of a puzzle together so one can get an accurate picture of the whole. Until every Scripture is examined there will exist danger of error.
Another deathblow to Universalism is straying from the Bible (God’s word) for doctrinal support. Often when there aren’t too many Scriptures that can be cited for corroboration, a departure from the Biblical message occurs. NOTE: If one believes in the Bible, he should then believe ONLY the Bible is to be used for doctrine, correction, etc., because that is what the Bible teaches (2 Tim. 3:16,17). Hence, that simple violation will lead one into darkness and often quickly. True salvation is not automatic, easy or universal. The vast majority will be lost, according to Jesus (Mt. 7:13,14). In Noah's day there were only 8 people in the ark and saved (1 Pet. 3:20) with an estimated 1 billion people alive worldwide! Universalism never existed for them! Jesus taught:
Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Mat 7:21)
■ 12 Reasons Why I Must Reject and Oppose Universalism
Universalism is a theological term for the belief that every person will have salvation. Briefly stated are some of the reasons why Universalism should be flatly rejected.
■ The Wicked Dead—Will They Experience Annihilation or Eternal Torment?
If Scripture pointedly declares that the wicked dead will be eternally tormented, then we must interpret God's mercy, love, grace and justice as allowing for this. That truth needs to be known among people embracing Universalism
■ Universalist Gary Amirault Skull and Crossbones Award
Gary Amirault gets the infamous Skull and Crossbones Award for his dangerous Universalism teachings. He boldly spreads the heresy of Universalism (everyone will be saved) as Christian truth.
■ God’s Sovereignty And Man’s Free Will In Salvation
The Calvinists and the people in Universalism both misinterpret God’s sovereignty and will. They both deny God’s will and grace can be resisted by man to the point that his salvation will never begin or can be negated afterwards. Such false views have led to other doctrinal errors.
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