universal salvation

Universal Salvation

It is surprising how prevalent the false idea of universal salvation is in many religions and even Christian denominations. Universal salvation is the idea that everyone ultimately is going to go to heaven — that God’s house is big enough for all views and that there are many ways to heaven. It carries the idea that no one is such a sinner that they will not eventually go to heaven. Universal salvation goes hand-in-hand with the idea of purgatory — where eventually all sins are purged or washed away by a benevolent God.

Both are false teachings, according to the Bible.

The Bible teaches there is only one way to heaven and that is by faith in the complete sacrificial death of Christ on the cross for our sins. (Ephesians 2:8-9) And faith in Christ is the only way to heaven. Every sinner needs a Savior. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) This is why those of us who believe the Bible are committed to evangelism and missions.

No Scripture teaches that God is going to gather everyone together for a second chance, to understand the truth after death, and then all ultimately end up in heaven. Contrary to that, the Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgement.” (Hebrews 9:27) The Bible knows nothing of a second chance after death.

The Apostle Paul warns us all in II Timothy 4:4 not to turn aside to “fables.” Both purgatory and universal salvation are fables.

Pastor Jim

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