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Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

This week’s Sermon is Part Three of Four on Universalism:

 

Fallacies of Universalism:

 

         EVERYONE GOES TO HEAVEN

         THERE IS NO UNFORGIVABLE SIN

         THERE IS NO HELL

 

Keep in mind that one of the fastest growing cults in the world is Universalism. It is even growing faster than Islam because most Christians instead of reading their Bibles and knowing the truth for themselves are falling for the false promise that every one regardless of their past life on earth will eventually go to Heaven. Yes this means that people like Hitler, Ben Ladin, and Mussolini, all the members of the Nazi SS, members of the Alkali, all murderers, anybody that never accepted Christ or even God, and even those that blaspheme the Holy Spirit will be given a second chance to enter Heaven. Basically, the Ten Commandments or for that matter the Doctrines of Christ  are nice to read but don’t worry about following them: want to know what it’s like to sleep with your neighbors wife, or take your neighbors possessions go for it – you’re still on your way to heaven.

 

You probably notice that I stopped calling them Christian Universalist this is due to two major reasons: First they are not following the Doctrine of Christ therefore; they cannot be called Christians; Second they want to promote Christianity as a feel good religion that requires no more than tapping your heals twice and saying “I do believe in eternity” - therefore I will refer to them simply as Universalist. The universalist try to state that since the Death of Christ was such a strong act of God the blessing of salvation therefore it is given to everyone whether they believe in God or not. They base their entire belief on four verses:

Colossians 1:20 - And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

1st Timothy 2:3-4 - For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2nd Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

At least the other cults like the Jehovah Witnesses used more than four verses to try and deceive the masses. But again I will state it is Human Nature to follow the easier path to eternal Hell.

 

Christian Universalism was first used during the 1770s by Adams Streeter (1735–1786), with a common belief, which is still widely accepted today, eternity without the existence of a hell. A religious theology that teaches there will be a universal reconciliation, where all people will be saved by God. They base this on the idea that all of mankind will ultimately be saved through Jesus and it does not matter if they believe in Him in during their physical life on earth. Their claim is because God is a God of such pure love that it compels Him to save all people and that eternal punishment is a false doctrine. Salvation is not from hell, but from sin.

There are two main thoughts in Universalism Cult (since they do not follow the Doctrine of Christ or the Authority of the Holy Bible – I cannot refer, in good conscience, to them as Christians):

 

First: In this line of thought God gives some sort of punishment for our sins while we are alive and that God purifies us through the use of discipline in our daily lives, however this purification does not merit our salvation. Because we have sinned and never placed our trust in Christ during our lives there will be a loss of reward(s). Perhaps for someone like Bin Ladin, Hitler, Nero, etc. they will have to live eternity in the back rows of Heaven.

 

Second: In this line of thought those that sin and remain unrepentant will suffer punishment in eternity, however their punishment will be proportional to the degree of sin committed in the mortal state. Their general belief is that all punishment is moral and not physical; after all there is no hell. They do however believe these sufferings may not merit salvation. I guess since they have already told Christ that He is a liar for suggesting that there is a hell they didn’t want to push it by saying the Moral punishment would automatically open the gates of Heaven. But is does make you wonder if they state that everyone eventually goes to heaven and that the punishment doesn’t merit salvation, then at what point are the second chance folks allowed in?  

 

HEAVEN:

 

Think about what the Universalist are teaching - all people will eventually be saved and that no one goes to the fiery-hell to suffer for their sins.  It means that everyone is saved, whether or not they have accepted or openly rejected Jesus' atonement, because of Jesus’ atonement the gates to Heaven were flung open. This of course is not Biblical and goes against the teaching of

Hebrews 10:26-27 – For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

 

I feel sorry for the Universalist; the position that they take leaves their followers with no true desired to receive Jesus as their Savior. 

 

They do not confess their sins to Christ:

1 John 1:9-10 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

They are not cleansed because they never received Christ:

John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

They are not justified by faith:

Romans 5:1 - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

NO UNFORGIVABLE SIN:

 

Brethren please take serious the dangerous teachings of Universalism. In addition to what I have stated already the Universalist also states that there is no unforgivable sin. In their words there is no unforgivable sin because God will eventually reconcile unto Himself every person that has ever lived. Meaning; that every sin, that has ever been committed, by anyone who has ever lived will be removed as if it never happened. Again by their own mouths and actions they call Jesus Christ a liar. Jesus makes it very clear in -

Mark 3:28-29 - Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

Did you notice the words “hath never forgiveness” either Christ is a liar or Universalist are teaching a false doctrine.

 

Just in case you think that I am using a translation that favors my writing – Read the following comparison of translations:

 

Mark 3:28-29

 

American Standard Version - Verily I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and their blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin:

 

New American Standard Bible - Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin

 

Bible In Basic English - Truly, I say to you, The sons of men will have forgiveness for all their sins and for all the evil words they say: But whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but the evil he has done will be with him forever:

 

BWE - I tell you the truth. All wrong things that people do and say about anyone will be forgiven. But people who say wrong things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. A person who does that will be punished for ever.

 

Darby - Verily I say unto you, that all sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, and all the injurious speeches with which they may speak injuriously; but whosoever shall speak injuriously against the Holy Spirit, to eternity has no forgiveness; but lies under the guilt of an everlasting sin;

 

Douay-Rheims Bible - Amen I say to you that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.

 

English Standard Version - Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.

 

God’s Word - I can guarantee this truth: People will be forgiven for any sin or curse. But whoever curses the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. He is guilty of an everlasting sin.

 

Good News Bible - I assure you that people can be forgiven all their sins and all the evil things they may say. But whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, because he has committed an eternal sin.

 

International Standard Version - Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of eternal sin.

 

King James Version - Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

 

New King James Version - Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation

 

Modern King James Version - Truly I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, and blasphemies with which they shall blaspheme. But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never shall have forgiveness, but is liable to eternal condemnation.

 

Literal Translation Version of Holy Bible - Truly I say to you, All the sins will be forgiven to the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they have blasphemed; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit has no remission unto the age, but is liable to eternal judgment

 

New International Version - I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.

 

Phillips - Believe me, all men's sins can be forgiven and all their blasphemies. But there can never be any forgiveness for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. That is an eternal sin.

 

Revised Standard Version - Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin

 

Webster - Verily I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, and any blasphemies with which they shall blaspheme:  But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never hath forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

 

Weymouth - In solemn truth I tell you that all their sins may be pardoned to the sons of men, and all their blasphemies, however they may have blasphemed; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, he remains forever unabsolved: he is guilty of a sin of the Ages."

 

Concordant (Universalist translation) - Verily, I am saying to you that all shall be pardoned the sons of mankind, the penalties of the sins and the blasphemies, whatsoever they should be blaspheming, yet whoever should be blaspheming against the holy spirit is having no pardon for the eon, but is liable to the eonian penalty for the sin

 

Looking at the above comparisons there are 20 different versions of the same two verses however, 19 of them, all translated by reputable scholars, state the same basic outcome “Those that blaspheme the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.” But when you read the Universalist translation they seen at first reading to follow the same pattern except in their case they fail to translate two words "eon" (age) which should be in Greek “aiona” and "eonian" (eternal) into English. To the unlearned mind those two words being kept in Greek look and sound correct thereby allowing them to convince the unlearned that the translation gives a duration that has an ending. This allows them to push the idea that Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a forgivable sin thereby making their theology correct. You know Satan just has to be happy with the knowledge that mortals are convinced that they can call Jesus Christ a liar. One problem with that thought – they are dead wrong and if you follow their teaching then you will also be dead in your sins.