The Flawed understanding of Universalist's –Does God overlook repentance for His wider mercy?
The new Universalism infiltrating the church
Does Jesus love everyone? God sent his only son to be sacrificed for those who are condemned to hell (that is everybody according to the Bible Jn.3:15-16). But if one does not repent that love, mercy and forgiveness is not applied to them because they are not receptive to God’s qualifications.
Universalist begin with a wrong premise which allows them to reinterpret clear scriptures by the unclear.
So in universalism all the people who die before the age of accountability will have salvation given to them, just as all those who live their life in rejection to the gospel, to the way the truth and life will get a second chance – no one is without. But if we take their unto its end there is no advantage for a believer over an unbeliever. They can be an idolater and a believer who lives their life for Christ suffering to do right and they both receive the same. That’s there ideaology, but that is NOT the Bibles theology!
It is not distributed to everyone (those who believe and those who do not alike). The Bible does NOT say all will be saved in the end. Universalists distort the Scripture to no end to make it seem as if Jesus dying for sin is automatically applied to all.
John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” This teaching states Jesus is the only way to God, therefore all other religions, belief systems are excluded.
John 5:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
John 6:40 "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
John 6:47 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”
This is the requirement, there is no scripture that says you don’t have to believe. The Scripture says You must BELIEVE.
We have Jesus himself saying who will be in the kingdom; that one must believe, repent, repentance is a key part of receiving eternal life. To turn to Him and trust in His work for us. Which means to believe the gospel and follow Him.
“Go and learn what this means: I will have mercy and not sacrifice, for I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Mt. 9:13)
So the universalist concludes men are teaching that God’s efforts at calling the “sinners to repentance”, are a failure because He destroys them in the end.
This is the kind of emotional argument you get from those who “lean on their own understanding.”
First he is calling them to repentance, which means they must do something. God already did his part and is doing his part by calling them to himself.
Here is another misused scripture, 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
God gives us time to turn from going away from him to turn toward Him. To claim so many die and God is not willing that any should perish, as if not willing is the final word to change it all is a non sequitur argument. God is not willing and He already did what was necessary.
What is repentance? It means to change one’s mind, to change the direction. Again if one does not believe in the gospel in this life there are no second chances later.
God is not willing, that is why He did the crucifixion, to offer everyone the same way out of being punished, receiving the penalty for their sins.
Another example of this runaround is 1 Tim. 4:10 “…the living God, who IS the savior of ALL men, especially of those that believe.”
So they ask How can God be the “Savior of all men” if all men are not eventually saved?
Well when you take it out of its context and leave out the word trust you come up with a neutral statement that applies to all.
Lets read it fully, 1 Tim. 4:10-11 “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. These things command and teach.
Notice it says we trust in God, who is the savior; the believers do. There is only one savior of all men, but he becomes that ONLY when one believes.
Is Satan's power to destroy greater than God's power to save? It’s not a matter of greater power but a matter of men choosing whom they will follow and serve, they have a lifetime to do this. Christ does not lose anyone that was given him. They (the universalist/inclusivist) wants you to take a position of not believing to be saved; does that make any sense?
Luke 18:27 “….The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
is it impossible for God to save ALL? Of course not, he does not force people against their will. We are told man has a part, in responding. In fact Jesus calls those whom He was living among a “little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom”(Luke 12:32) Who receives the kingdom, not all, but a little flock.
You can’t rip scriptures from their overall context, when you do all this shows is that you lack Holy Spirit taught understanding.
Jesus said Mt. 7:13-15: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Jesus is not saying all will make it, not even many. He said at another time making it even clearer “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24).
Strive has the concept to agonize to get in, in other words it will take effort to turn from the way one is going to turn and trust Him to enter into life (repentance).
Notice Jesus said - few who find it. Therefore, not many get saved like the liberal universalists insists, but a few. So Jesus did not teach that all will be saved; universalists teach contrary to what Jesus said.
Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me and be you saved ALL the ends of the earth for I am God and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness and shall not return, that unto me EVERY knee shall bow, EVERY tongue shall swear. Surely shall one say, In the Lord shall I have righteousness and strength. Even to Him shall men come and all who are incensed against him shall be ashamed.”
Is “Ashamed” a description of repentance? No, it is referring to Israel acting like the nations with their idols (read the verses before) it declares for all to look to the true God, after the fact they will be ashamed that they did not believe Him. This does not mean salvation for all.
Here is how they play connecting dots of their inclusivist doctrine.
Romans 10:10 teaches “For with the heart men believe unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Therefore Philippians 2:10 -11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that EVERY TONGUE should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, TO THE GLORY of God the Father.”
So now we have all the demons and the devil being saved, along with every scoundrel every murderer will be right next to the believer because they are confessing! Confessing what – that Jesus is truly who he said he was. He is speaking after the fact because true believers already confess and bow their knee to Him.
Don Richardson, an inclusivist uses Phil.2:10-11 and he says this happen in all three places (including under the earth). In tongue and cheek he surmises will at those in hell will say worthy is the lamb.
“At God’s final judgment is designed to suppress sin as much as to punish it. Will hosts of remorseless God-rejecters incarcerated in hell eventually shout, “Worthy is the Lamb who has forced us to love him by tormenting us for ages here in hell”? That would surely be an antithetical ending to this—the greatest epic ever—in which persuasion, despite its by-definition resistibility, triumphs over mere brute force.
Rather than eke out repentance from remorseless beings by force, God, at first, woos them to
repent by encompassing them with necessarily resistible appeals. Later, according to Scripture, God justly abandons all who fail to respond in a timely manner, hence the warning:
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6).
Justice that delays judgment forever is not justice. A time limit is obligatory.”
In other words from what I understand here and elsewhere in his book they receive another chance afterwards. This is hardly the case. What they will do is acknowledge him as the actual God who became flesh, where on earth they denied him. To conclude this shows he is missing the point, that even those who rejected him along with the demons will acknowledge him for who He is and what he has done. “For even the demons believe and tremble (Jms.2:19).
Romans 5:17-19 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which received abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon ALL MEN unto justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience “many” were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall “many” be made righteous.”
The universalist concludes that the “many” identifies “all” for “all were made sinners”.Otherwise Christ’s sacrifice isn’t as capable, or more powerful than Satan’s power to destroy?
Lets read this through in context to get the whole thought Paul is conveying:
Rom 5:14 “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” First he says all received the penalty of death (which is the wage of sin) though they did not do what Adam did. That death was the consequence of our sin even before we the law which made the sin plain.
Don Richardson says, “Paul infers an age of accountability again in Ephesians 2. He advises Gentile converts that they became spiritually dead only when the sinful nature they inherited at conception ceased to be dormant. Spiritual death ensued—as in Romans 7:9—not due to a dormant sinful nature but due only to an activated sinful nature! Note Paul’s point: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1).
Four verses later, Paul infers an age of accountability again in Ephesians 2:5. … Paul wrote: Even when we were dead in transgressions.
Observe that in both passages Paul links spiritual death with actual transgressions committed following childhood, obviously, rather than concurrent with conception.” (p.30 Heaven Wins)
Rom.7 does not mean this at all. Richardson interprets this as one's sin nature being dead ( he calls dormant), instead of us being dead IN OUR SINS, before our new birth. Which then changes the answer in Eph. 2:1 “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins”. Speaking to those who are now saved v.3 “and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” in other words we were in these sins and deserve judgment BEFORE one is born again.
Gen. 8:21 although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth.” In more generic terms every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood, as Jeremiah testified the heart is deceitfully wicked.
1 Corinthians 15:22 “As in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive.”
The universalist says all who die in Adam are the same all who will be made alive, not “SOME” will be made alive, but ALL will be made alive.
But it does not say this, it says ALL IN CHRIST will be made alive. How does one get in Christ, it’s not automatic, there is a decision to be made, to believe the gospel where one receives the Holy Spirit and is put in Christ and his body.
2 Tim 3:15 Paul telling Timothy of his childhood “you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”
This is why Paul tells us “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:1)
Luke 9:54-56 “And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. “For the son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them…”
The universalist asks us why would we think God desired people to be burned up rather that cleansed, purified? Why will God will destroy men’s lives rather than purify and save them? Again, they miss the point, we are not to exercise judgment, Jesus will. We are to offer them salvation first, but not at the neglect of warning of a judgment.
Yet Jesus had this to say in Luke 10:10-16 "But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 'The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.' "But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. "But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. "And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be thrust down to Hades."He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."
We are sent as they were sent (see Mt.10:14; Mk.6:11)
Some universalist take the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory and also say we go through the “fire of purification.” That He IsPURIFYING THEM WITH FIRE, NOT BURNING THEM UP IN “HELL.”
Is this what he is doing in Matt 25:40-42, at the end of the Tribulation when Jesus returns “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”
Or in 2 Thess. 1:8 “In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” There’s no way around this, judgment is exercised when Jesus returns
Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”This is about their judgment.
John 3:16-18 God, “gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Jn.3 tells us we are already condemned.
John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
There are no second chances after this life. If you reject Christ its forever.
This is the same playing field we are all on. None of us are born believers.
John the apostle writes in his gospel Jn. 1:11-12 “but as many as receive him, to them he gave the right (power) to become children of God, to those who believe on his name.” If one does not receive him they are not a child of God. To receive him is by the gospel and by their subsequent following Him only.
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Do you?
It says whoever lives, there is no room for a decision after one lives.
Heb.9:27 is definitive, we interpret the unclear scripture with the clear, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”
There are no second chances after this life. If you reject Christ- its forever, You have made an eternal decision. Just as when you accept his as the sin bearer, the savior, it is an eternal decision that lasts throughout eternity.
Let me put this another way why would you change your mind after death if you are in his presence
Do universalists give the correct gospel, do they give the gospel, the news that speaks of what happens when one rejects it?
Eph 5:5-8 “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” Whose a son of disobedience? Those who refuse to accept Christ and the gospel. There is a standard for the kingdom members. If they do not comply they will not be present.
Rev 22:15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
In other words the bible gives one the truth, if they ignore it they live and practice a lie.
The warnings of not believing - repenting
Mt. 23:33-34 we read of those who refused to believe and withstood the message were called “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
Mark 9:47-48 "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire-- where Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.”
The universalists does not believe in judgment, not of evil or sin, they believe only in love, this so called love overlooks what God warns not to participate in. They have a God who tolerates the very things he says He hates. The world hears them, because they are not confronting the world with the gospel. There’s no need, for all will get another chance latter.
God transcends human comprehension! Our logic and deductions must be aligned with all of the scripture, not just portions, and there are clear qualifying statements that override other statements. The requirement to enter the kingdom (both spiritually and when Christ sets it up on earth, the kingdom age, the Millennium) is to believe, this applies to the people of any age that can make a decision. That is why we are told to give the gospel, for without it people perish. So the proposed idea of universalists is more than flawed, it is impoverished, deprived of any biblical basis. It is a false hope to those who refuse to believe in this lifetime for God’s solution for their sins.