Universalism Is A Scam
1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Universalism is a theological and philosophical belief that simply put proposes that everybody will be saved at the end of time.This is christian universalism focused on reconciliation, there are other aspects of universalism that apply in other aspect and may be christian or non christian. We will focus on this aspect of christian universalism of reconciliation. According to this theory nobody will be lost. According to this belief, one way or the other each person who has ever lived will somehow be reconciled to God and be saved. The basis of this belief is the goodness and mercifulness of God. For universalists hell fire is not a permanent punishment but a short lived corrective measure.
A scam is that which looks good and credible on the surface but deep within is a lie and distortion of the truth and at the end leaves you defrauded. A scam is engineered by people who seem knowledgeable and well meaning, but at the end when it is too late, you lose it all. A scam is hard to detect until you experience the loss and it is too late to do anything about it. We therefore need to be ever vigilant particularly on attractive concepts that contradict what has been established over time. When the deal is too good, think twice, is age old wisdom. This is true for all that we come across on social media, fake news, dangerous links that eventually introduce viruses to our computers and phones, then steal vital information. They all start as startling news worth sharing or promise of free things, at the end you discover it was a scam.
Universalism is a scam because its basic belief of salvation of everyone directly contradicts all other teachings and passages of the Bible. The following verses suggest that not everyone will be saved as the universalism scam purports.
Daniel 12:2 “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
Malachi 4:1 “The Great Day of the Lord. “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”
Matthew 7:21 “I Never Knew You “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 7:23 “And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Revelation 20:15 “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 21:8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Universalism is a scam because several texts cited above directly refer to eternal punishment. Eternal punishment is real and no where does the Bible refer to it as a temporary measure. That makes universalism teaching to be therefore inconsistent with scripture, hence a scam.
Universalism is a scam because the text used to justify its belief is one single misinterpreted verse. 1 Corinthians 15:22. Rules for interpreting the Bible require that a doctrine should not be based on a single text. A Bible teaching should and must be consistent with other Bible passages on the same topic. If single texts are left to stand alone and be the basis of belief, it will be possible to prove anything right or wrong from scripture. Many false doctrines build their entire teachings on single misinterpreted texts. Secret rapture teaching for example builds its entire belief on Matthew 24:40-41. Therefore on this basis universalism is a scam.
Universalism is a scam because of how they interpret 1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” When this text is left to stand alone as it is, it would seem to suggest that in Christ all will be made alive or all will be saved, which would be understood to mean that no one can or will ever be lost. That is the scam. The scam is exposed when you read the entire passage and discover that the text was a continuation of a previous discussion that doesn’t in any way support universalism. Let us look at some verses around this text that expose the scam that universalism is.
1 Corinthians 15:12-34 addresses the fact that there will be resurrection of the dead. The text used by universalists falls in between this discussion of resurrection. Apostle Paul is responding to an argument that there is no resurrection for the dead. In his response he clear indicates that there will be resurrection of those who believe in Christ, which implies that there will ultimately be a separation of believers and non-believers, which in turn means not everyone will be saved.
1 Corinthians 15:16 “For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 1 Corinthians 15:17 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.” There is resurrection of salvation for those in Christ. There is perishing implied here too that wasn’t designed for those in Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:20 “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.”
Adam’s sin brought sin and its consequence to all humanity. Christ’s salvation brought salvation and hope to all humanity freely if they accept. This passage focuses on resurrection and tells us the order of resurrection. Christ was resurrected first as first fruits of salvation, then next to be resurrected according to verse 23 are those who belong to Christ. Meaning at the end of time on final judgement, the world would be divided into those who believe in Christ and those who dont. Those who belong to Christ will be resurrected first for salvation. Those who dont belong to Christ will be resurrected in the second group. Second resurrection is for eternal death and destruction according to Revelation 20:6 “Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.”. Therefore not everyone will be saved as universalism teaches. Universalism sounds good and attractive, but it is a scam.
While not everyone will be automatically saved as universalism teaches, it is important to note that salvation is free to anyone and everyone who accepts it.
John 3:16 “For God So Loved the World “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,”
I pray that we shall take advantage of the free salvation God offers. May He save us today from sin and its daily consequences that make our life hard to live, may God’s salvation make life bearable for us today in Jesus name, Amen!(c)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts, but do not edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)