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 Four of
Four on Universalism:
I know that teaching there is a hell and that everyone who
does not seek Jesus as their savior is destined for it can be difficult doctrine to swallow. I hear it all the time that God
is such a loving God that hates the sin but loves the sinner and wants all mankind to be saved, which will not hold up Biblically.
The Universalist however like to base their theology on the
Timothy - Who will have all men to be saved, and
to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
in itself is disproportionate because it bases all of its theology on only the gentle side of God therefore creating a skewed
picture of God.
WE ALSO KNOW THAT GOD IS:
1 John 4:8-10
- He that loveth not knoweth not God; for
God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the
propitiation for our sins.
Exodus 33:19 - And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before
thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
1st Peter 2:3 - If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.
Exodus 34:6 -
And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The
LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Psalm 67:1 - God be merciful unto us, and bless us; [and] cause his face to shine
upon us; Selah.
James 5:11 - Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience
of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
Isaiah 6:3 - And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the
LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory.
- And the four beasts had each of them six
wings about [him;] and [they were] full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God
Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
GOD IS ALSO:
therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem
little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on
our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day. Howbeit thou [art] just in all that
is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:
1:6 - Seeing [it is] a righteous thing with God
to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
Psalm 5:5-6 -
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor
the bloody and deceitful man.
- [Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold
evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] holdest thy tongue when
the wicked devoureth [the man that is] more righteous than he?
PUNISHES THE SINNER:
- Behold, I [am] against thee, [O thou] most
proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time [that] I will visit thee.
- Because they ministered unto them before
their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith
the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.
- And these shall go away into everlasting
punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
1:9 - Who shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2 Peter 2:9 -
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and
to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
- Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye,
shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith
he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Somehow the Universalist seemed to always miss obvious Scripture facts.
Throughout the Holy Bible we are taught about a fiery hell, which even Jesus warned about:
Matthew 18:8 -
Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off,
and cast them from thee: it
is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting
Hell and its eternal fire is real; Jesus spoke more about hell and His coming to save mankind from it than
almost anything else. Everyone and I mean everyone will face God on Judgment Day and for those such as the Universalists who
continue to deny eternal punishment; basically calling Jesus a liar, your judgment will be swift.
Matthew 25:46 - And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Read your Scriptures; those that came before us provided the words that God gave to save your soul.
15:1-4 - Moreover, brethren, I declare
unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that
which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he
rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5:24 - Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
It’s hard to understand the thoughts of the Universalist in their belief that hell and its eternal
fire is either temporal or just something to scare people into believing in the Holy Bible. They could not be more wrong if
they stood before God Himself and told Him He was wrong to punish His and I say that again “His Creations”.
The fires of Hell are real and those who are not saved and live in the scriptures are dammed and if you
wish to belief that hell and eternal punishment is temporary then read the following and then go tell Jesus He’s a liar.
Matthew 3:12 - Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather
his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Luke 3:17 - Whose
fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into
his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
9:43 - 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:
simple minded people can tell you unquenchable means unable to put out or extinguish (fire, flames, etc.).
However, biblically "unquenchable" is "asbestos" in the Greek which only occurs in Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17, and Mark 9:43 and its meaning in the enhanced
Strong's lexicon, is "unquenchable, the eternal hell fire to punish the damned."
NO PUNISHMENT FOR SIN AND NO HELL AFTER DEATH:
So how do they arrive at a universal salvation for those who do not believe the gospel? This Gospel of
Inclusion states: all are forgiven for the original offence which came through Adam and are SAVED FROM THE WRATH OF GOD that
comes as a result of this offence.
Inclusivism - teaches that un-believers in Christ
will avoid Hell if they worship any God as they know it, claiming that God works through all of the world's religious faiths.
Even Atheists, Buddhists, etc. who do not believe in a God will go to Heaven and avoid hell. The Bible teaches that the gospel
is NOT inclusive by content. It has certain qualifications, one must believe to be saved; this is repeated over and over again.
No one is saved without their knowing; they are to make a decision.
John 11:25-26 - Jesus said unto her, I
am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Did you notice where it said “liveth and believeth in me”, this in itself refutes the Universalist’s
doctrines – “There is ‘NO’ second chance after you die”.
I continuously try to fathom the thought process of the Universalists “That God who is filled with
so much love – how could he ever send His creations to be eternally tormented. Again they are thinking with a man’s
reasoning and not as the Almighty. God is not going to be on trial, mankind will stand in Judgment individually to account
for their sins. Christ made it clear the rules to which a Christian has to live by and to deviate is to be punished. All sin
must be accounted for – it can either be expunged here in this life by accepting Jesus Christ as your savoir or by paying
for it after your death by spending eternity in hell
- there is only one way into Heaven:
Romans 8:9 - But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell
in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his
One’s forgiveness of sins is proven by the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you receive
Him when you believe the gospel. Simple put - no reception of the gospel, then no Holy Spirit, and followed by the finality
of no entering Heaven. Once again – no second chances are given on Judgment Day. You must seek salvation in this world
while you are still alive.
The world really does not want the Holy Trinity of which the Holy Scriptures teaches about. It is true
– the world would rather follow the ideology of a Loving God that punishes no-one, A Christ that is more like a big
brother who suggests ways to make points with the father but can’t be taken seriously because He speaks about a hell
(to scare us) that we humans already know – just doesn’t exist.
Think about it through universalism all religions will become one and all will enter Heaven as equals –
makes you wonder though – will the extreme Islamic allow themselves to be absorbed by this universalism. In reality
we are in the final days with mankind rushing headlong to fulfill Revelation 17 -- Mystery Babylon.
Think about it. If everyone is going to be saved, then Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism, Mormonism, Hinduism,
etc. will all keep people from judgment and hell, and all are equally valid to bring the people to heaven to be with God.
The question that immediately rises from this is, which God? Are we all believing in the same God or are we rushing to follow
God’s challenger “Satan”?