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                                         The Heresy of 'Universalism'   

                               some scriptures wrested to teach this heresy are explained

 

                                                                   definition

                        'universalism' is an error similar to 'immortal soulism';  the different

                        emphasis   being   generally  on   all  being  subject  to   resurrection- 

                        and    in  its  ultimate  form,   it   also   teaches     universal  salvation-

                                           both ideas being very pleasing to the flesh.

 

 

                        The  destructive  force  of  such heresy is to nullify  the scriptural

                        teaching  that  knowledge of  the  revealed  will of God   forms the

                        basis  of  resurrection  and  judgment,   and     that  only those who

                        are  found  to  have  believed  and  obeyed  God    will  be  granted

                        eternal life.  The  necessity  to  know  God's will  is nullified,  and

                        wrong  doctrines  such as  universal  resurrection,  universal  sal-

                        vation,  and  inherent  immortality   ('immortal soulism')    are   all-

                        owed  to  enter,   thus   destroying   the   truth of  the  Scriptures.

 

        John 5 v28,29 - "..for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice.   

         And shall come forth..".   

         EXPLANATION. The "all" is governed by the subject of the previous verses,   which is   "the dead   (i.e. those  

         "dead in sins" - Eph.2v5)..(who) hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live" (v25).   Note

         how Jesus showed that time had then (in His day) arrived-"The hour is coming, AND NOW IS,    when the dead

         shall hear..". . The use of the phrase "the dead" of mankind  in  its degenerate and unenlightened state is illus-

         trated by Jesus'  statement  in Matthew 8v22-"Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead". The future judgment

         of v28 OMITS the words "and now is". This future judgment separates the faithful from the unfaithful.

 

         The limitation of future life to only those who now have "belief" is shown by Jesus' answer to Martha in 

         John  11v25 - "I am the resurrection and  the  life:  he  that  believeth  in  me, though he were dead, yet shall he

         live". The problem really is that  men and women will not accept the fact that we are TOTALLY  MORTAL, with

         no hope of  life except upon the conditions laid down by God in the Bible. We do well to ponder deeply the

         implications of Ecclesiastes 3v19-21-"For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing

         befalleth them:as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath;so that A MAN HATH NO PRE-

         EMINENCE ABOVE A BEAST: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; ALL ARE OF THE DUST, AND ALL

         TURN TO DUST AGAIN*. Who knoweth the spirit (i.e. "mind, thoughts", link to 'spirit' or via 'Index') of  man

         that goeth upward (or "exalts itself to the highest", i.e.  presumes  to falsely boast of its own importance) and the

         spirit of the beast that goeth (or "inclineth") downward  to the earth". The same sentiments are expressed in Psalm

         49 - see esp.v20 - "Man that is in honour (i.e. as stated above - "exalts  (himself) to the   highest"), and

         understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish".  *cp Genesis 2v7;3v17-19.

 

         We have here the added revelation, endorsing comments above upon John 11v25,that only those with "belief" can

         have a hope of future life. Indeed, the psalmist was able to claim a hope of future redemption in v15 - "But God

         will redeem my soul (i.e. "life", link to 'mortal'-page 2 & soul) from the power of the grave: fo he shall receive

         me. Selah". 'Selah' tells us to pause and consider, and it is good advice.

 

        1st Corinthians 15v22 - "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive".

        EXPLANATION. As with the above quotation, "Universalists" like to place the emphasis on the word "all".

        They claim that as we all die, so we shall all live again. A very pleasing thought to the natural unregenerate man!

        It is only a variation of the lie taught by the serpent in Eden - Genesis 3v4. Instead of being the punishment for sin -

        Genesis 3v17-19, death would be a relatively minor hindrance leading to eternal bliss.

       

        However,  although  it  is  an  undeniable fact  that  all die, for we are all "in  Adam"  and  we  all  suffer from sin &

        death,it does not follow that we will all be constituted "in  Christ",for our natural birth confers no right to this position

        atall. In fact, there are the most stringent conditions associated with its attainment. Let the same Apostle  tell us what

        they are - "For ye (speaking to believers)  are  all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as 

        have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ...And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs

        according to the promise"-Galatians 3v26,27,29.There must first be a faith in the Gospel(v8-"God..preached before

        the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed") and then must come baptism (a complete

        immersion) into Christ.This is the ONLY way in which those "in Adam" can enter "into Christ".During their period of

        probation, they will be both "in Adam" AND "in Christ",  and will not finally exit being "in Adam"  until the change of

        nature (if accepted) at the judgment seat of Christ. All of those so blessed will truly be "made alive" for ever.

 

                   Those wishing to now find out more concerning the above propositions can follow the links to

                                                           'promises' and 'baptism'- or go via 'Index'.

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