I’ve never understood the Universalists. I understand their beliefs…I just can’t understand how they could believe that “everyone’s saved” and there’s no “literal hell” when Scripture is crystal clear that not everyone is saved and there is indeed a place called hell. Can they be Christians and hold to such beliefs?
John 3:15-17 KJV
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Correct me if I’m wrong here but if the Universalists beliefs are true (all are saved and hell doesn’t exist) what would be the point of believing in Jesus if everybody is already saved? Why say that those who don’t believe would “perish” if they weren’t going to?
Acts 2:21 tells us that all who call upon the Name of the Lord will be saved….John 3:17 states that those who don’t believe are condemned because they don’t believe in the Name of Jesus. Universalists believe in Jesus….they just don’t believe He’s the ONLY way to eternal life. What happens to those who don’t believe in the Name?
Matthew 13:38-42 KJV
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth
Contrary to Universalists beliefs, hell is a very real place….at least according to Scripture. The passage above is very specific…the children of the devil will be gathered out and cast into the furnace of fire. The following passage describes these children of the devil;
1Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
If the Universalists are to be believed the people resembling the passage above are saved and headed to heaven….whether they accept Christ as their Savior or not. I guess the bible means nothing to those who espouse the Universalists doctrine. No sanctification necessary….forget about justification…..WE ARE ALL SAVED!!!!
According to the bible, the Universalists belief system is hogwash. There is a price for sin and it is death (Romans 6:23). Those who believe the Universalists rubbish have no fear of God (Matthew 10:28) and will face everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46) everlasting fire (Matthew 25:41) and will be tormented eternally (Revelation 14:10).
The Universalists doctrines would be laughable…..if they weren’t so dangerous. For Universalists to believe that all are saved whether they believe in Jesus or not directly contradicts Scripture making it complete and total heresy. Their denial of hell is just wishful thinking and those who continue in their beliefs will get a fiery wake-up call of which there is neither redemption nor escape.
The Universalists shouldn’t even be calling them selves Christians nor should anyone who associates in any way shape or form with the blatant and dangerous heresy known as Universalism (2Corinthians 6:14-17).