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"Christian Universalism" is the FALSE belief that all mankind will eventually be saved through Jesus, whether or not faith is professed in Him in this life. It claims that God's qualities of love, sovereignty, justice, etc., require that all people be saved and that eternal punishment is a false doctrine. Salvation is not from Hell, but from sin.
There are two main groups in Christian Universalism:
- #1 Those who teach that the unrepentant will be punished in a future state, and that their punishment will be proportional to the degree of sin committed in the mortal state. They generally hold that the punishment is moral and not physical. There is no Hell.
- #2 Those who teach that all the punishment for sin occurs in this life and that God's discipline in our lives is for the purpose of purifying us, though this purification is not our merit for salvation. In eternity, there will be a loss of reward for those who did not trust in Christ in this lifetime.
Christian Universalists claim to hold many of the doctrines of historic Christianity: Trinity, deity of Christ, deity of the Holy Spirit, salvation by grace, etc. It is extremely vital to ask what they mean by the terms they use. There is much diversity that exists in the universalist beliefs. Be very careful!
Christian Universalists claim to believe:
#1 The inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. It seems they hold to the orthodox position.
#2 There is only one God. It seems that "Christian Universalists" do not accept the doctrine of the Trinity. They seem to lean more towards either Arianism (God is one person, Jesus is created) to modalism (God takes different forms in history). BOTH of these are heretical.
#3 Jesus is the Son of the Living God.
Many cults say the same thing. How they explain this is what is important. Christian Universalists tend to say the Son is a manifestation, an image, a representation of God's essence, BUT He is not equal to the Father. John 10:30 I and my Father are one. (KJV) They deny His true deity. But, NOT all who claim to be Christian Universalists deny this.
Some hold that Jesus is not God but that He is divine. This is very confusing! Divinity is a quality of God, not of angels or men.
#4 Jesus' Resurrection.
Most Christian Universalists believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus. But, some claim that He did not rise from the dead physically, but was assumed into Heaven to dwell with God. "The Crucified is living forever with God, as our hope. Resurrection does not mean either a return to life in space and time or a continuation of life in space and time but the assumption into that incomprehensible and comprehensive last and first reality which we call God." If, by this quote, the physical resurrection of Jesus is denied, (as it seems), then anyone who holds that position is absolutely a non-Christian since it denies one of the essential doctrines of Christianity.
#5 The Holy Spirit is God's Presence. There is a common denial of the Person of the Holy Spirit, like the Jehovah Witnesses. This is a great error on the part of those who hold it, BUT there are some universalists who do believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person in the Godhead.
#6 There is no salvation without accepting Jesus as Saviour. This is a problem for two reasons: a. To many universalists, since they do not believe Jesus is truly God, they do not have a proper object of faith, since they deny the Triune nature of God and the deity of Christ. Their faith is useless since they have violated the command to worship no other God (Exodus 20) and are worshiping a false god. The Jesus they believe in, is not the real Jesus. So, they are not Christian. b. People who have rejected Jesus in this life can come to faith in the next life, even though he has flatly rejected Jesus' sacrificial atonement. ABSOLUTELY FALSE! (Heb.9:27; Luke 16:22-31; John 3:18,36; 8:21,24).
#7 Some Universalists believe . . .
in consciousness after death, others do not. Some believe
in limited punishment of sinners in some type of Hell that is not of fire, but some kind of moral chastising (sounds like Catholicism's purgatory). They believe
that punishment in the afterlife was for a limited period during which the soul was purified and prepared for eternity in the Presence of God. The Bible says: Mat.25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV)
Mat.25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
Mark 9:43-48 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (KJV)
"Christian Universalism" really isn't Christian! It is a melting pot of many other unorthodox and false teachings.
Stay FAR away from their falsehoods! BEWARE!!
Believe God and His Holy Word, the BIBLE!
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