The Attraction of Universalism: “Have It Your Way”

Thursday, April 07, 2022 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

In these times there are many strange doctrines. One of them is “universal reconciliation” or “universalism.

It is the Burger King of doctrines: “Have It Your Way.“ (TM)

Universal reconciliation (also called universal salvation, Christian universalism, or simply universalism) is the doctrine that all sinful and alienated human souls—because of divine love and mercy—will ultimately be reconciled to God.

In essence, everybody is already saved without any acknowledgment of sin, rebellion, repentance, and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ.

God’s Love is based on Covenant, in which there are benefits and responsibilities. Universalism is only responsible to whatever it wants, not to Christ.

Universalism contradicts the Scripture which is why people who teach it avoid Scripture, misquote it, and diminish the authority of Scripture, in order to elevate their own ideas. As Jesus said, “…Teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.” (Mark 7:7)

With the proclamation of universalist teaching, and other false teachings, are “straw man” arguments—which is inventing arguments to argue against: Make an outrageous, attention grabbing statement and then provide an “answer” to it as a “solution.” An artifact and behavior of practitioner's doctrinal error is intolerance to disagreement and challenge.

Ultimately, universalism, and every other false doctrine, is an exercise in self-deception and exporting the same to others.

James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.“

2 Timothy 4:1 (NLT) I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.