Fountain of Gardens Ministries
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He'll Do What It Takes
By: Martin Cisneros

Step out of the boat and dare to believe in the full extent of His power, the full extent of His love, the full extent of His wisdom, and the full extent of His Body. Walk the streams of time that are set before you on top of the water instead of being dragged by currents of dispair. Don't let yourself get drowned with the cares, worries, pains, and sorrows of this life. Christ has overcome them all; has overcome them for all -- and will yet demonstrate that in the behalf of all! Christ's dream is a total reunion of all of creation under the reign of His scepter.

Do you still believe that nightmares await Christ and that He's yet to know the sacrifice of His heart for the sins of the world again, by being eternally separated from anyone for whom He died? His heart is a prisoner of hope and not of an endless lake of fire that'll eternally separate Him from those for whom His Body and His Soul have bled and died once already for.

Dare to believe that in His High Priestly office at the right hand of God Most High and that by the power of His Holy Spirit He has everyone cornered in their unrighteousnesses! Dare to believe that He's waiting on the generocity of His Father to grant them repentance unto life, either in this age or in ages to come. Dare to believe the full implications of Romans chapter 9 that as the Master Potter that He HAS created BOTH vessels of honor and of dishonor through which to demonstrate His kindness and infinite power to judge and to save, to destroy and to remold. Dare to believe that all who call upon His Name will be saved and that all are destined to call upon His Name according to Philippians chapter 2! Dare to hope and dare to believe in the infinite power of the cross of Christ and of His present day mediation work and of those giftings we're taking baby-steps in, at present, but which we're assured are demonstrations of the powers of the world to come.

Dare to see the final fulfilling of His heart, life, death, resurrection, and mediation! His wounds are healing. Why not let Him heal yours today?
Nearly every minute someone else is formally executed in some part of the world because of political, religious, or financial reasons. Nearly every minute someone else is informally executed in some part of the world because of traffic accidents or some type of horrible accident related to sports, or because safety rules weren't followed, or because of a failure of some form of safety equipment, or because of imperfect knowledge in a medical operating room. At the very least, we're all held hostage every single year by our own mortality, whether literally and physically or morally and philosophically. The odds are good that everyone reading this, today, will be faced with the death of a loved one before the end of this decade -- either an enemy, a member of their family or friends, or someone they knew and loved on television, radio, or the internet. Physical death plots against us all, moment by moment, year by year. Mental breakdown plots against us all, moment by moment, year by year. And little concerning physical dying is a stranger to any of us, whether it's by personal experience or simply through observation over many years.

What happens after death? It's clear that punishment for sin awaits us all. What will be the nature of that punishment? What will be the purpose and motivation of God concerning such punishing?

Will any escape it? Some say that they will because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, thinking that He died to deliver them from the death that their sins merit rather than to reconcile them to God. Some would ask whether or not that those are one and the same thing? And if not, then why not? That all are reckoned dead by the sacrifice of Christ, according to 2Corinthians chapter 5, is no indication that what's been imputed won't be actually executed upon them. Some would say that Romans and Thessalonians speak of Christ as saving us from the wrath to come, but there are several areas where the wrath of God are revealed and one may be delivered from one aspect of the wrath of God and not from another. St. Paul knew, intuitively, that he and those to whom he first wrote would, generally speaking, not have to face the 70 A.D. tragedy that was to befall Judaism. In saying this, I'm not embracing nor defending preterism, but merely stating a matter of fact. There are things that Paul spoke in regards to the times that he lived in that should be distinguished from his heralding of the everlasting gospel.

As I'm writing this, the death toll is still growing from a tsunami that's claimed more than 160,000 people. Where will these people spend eternity? Where will the people that they cared about spend eternity? Will they ever be eternally separated from each other? Can anything or anyone permanently separate any of them from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord? Will God be as faithful to them as He was to you? Or is He a respecter of persons and a shower of partiality, like some of the orthodox brethren have always insisted, since the days of the heretic Augustine? What about those who never even heard the Name of Jesus Christ? Some hide behind a shallow euphemism that Christ is faithful as Lord of the living and the dead and that He will have given them every conceivable opportunity before casting them into a Christless eternity! But it is evident that some very clearly have more opportunities than others. It is an orthodox conceit that all have had the same opportunities in proportion to the same span of years of life, that the voice of God is always and in all places speaking with absolute clarity to every single human conscience, and that all proportionately advance with the same level of light, understanding, and accountability.

The punishments for sin are sure and absolute, without partiality, without hypocrisy, and without reservation. God knows the means necessary for the conversion of our minds, our emotions, and our prideful, rebellious spirits. Every sin of the eyes, every sin of the mouth, and every sin of thought and intent will receive a just recompense of reward. Punishments for sexual sin are sure:

Every sin and disobedience will receive a just recompense of reward.

Marriage is honorable and the bed undefiled, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

The will of God is your sanctification: that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor. This is the will of God that you should abstain from every fleshly lust which wars against the soul. Those who reject this aren't rejecting man but God Who has given us His Holy Spirit!

Don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own but you have been bought with the precious Blood of the lamb of God -- a lamb without spot or blemish or any other defect. You are to glorify your God in your body and in your mind which are God's. Scripture is clear that those who defile the temple of God will be destroyed by God. While the promises of God are true regarding universal reconciliation, the promises are equally true that Christ is the Shepherd Who rules with a rod of iron, Who disciplines both individuals and nations with righteous judgment under the Spirit of wisdom, counsel, might and the fear of the Lord. Sexual wholeness will only come from sexual holiness. Sexual arousal is not the appropriate response to beauty. [Sexual arousal is not required by the presence of beauty! – contrary to popular belief and culturally conditioned responses.] Thanksgiving to God is the appropriate response to beauty. Beauty is not truth.

Truth is holiness of behavior towards all levels of beauty and ugliness. Beauty is not a matter of physical proportions, but of purity of conscience. Sensuality, according to the book of Proverbs in the Bible, leads to death. Physical beauty is either a sign of being spiritually healthy or of being spiritually diseased.

The spiritually diseased often manifest physical beauty in order to give birth to the abominable perversions of their hearts. Pride [and inordinate ambition] is the substance of beauty in the spiritually diseased.

The spiritually healthy often manifest physical beauty in order to give birth to the nourishing and healing of others. Humility is the substance of beauty in the spiritually healthy.

As water will reflect the face, so the face will reflect the heart, according to the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

Beauty is a spiritual tool for healing or it is a spiritual tool for imparting death. [Only in this extremely limited and contextual sense is beauty the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.]

A spiritual perversion cannot maintain enduring physical beauty, because the façade eventually reveals itself for what it is and then passes away. So in like [though opposite] manner a spiritual purity cannot fail to eventually create enduring emotional and physical beauty.

Beauty is not a seed. Beauty is an outward floration that is either attracting death or is offering rest through holiness. Perversion is a seed towards death that will develop beautiful leaves and poisonous, though delectable, fruit. Righteousness is a seed towards holiness (see: Luke 8 and Romans chapters 5 and 6) that will develop beautiful leaves and healing, though sometimes bitter, fruit.

Beauty is merely a transitional form, from life creating humility before God, or it is a transitional form of pride creating destruction before God. Again, beauty is not a seed. It’s a stage of growth. Beauty is either an indicator of a planted seed of holiness, or it is a sign of a planted seed of destruction. Humility begets holiness and pride begets perversion.

The proper response of humility is sincerity and singularity of conscience before God, while the vile and vain response of pride is tenderness towards appearances and duplicity towards God in one’s heart. Sincerity of heart and singularity of conscience, humility, and love towards God inherits royal and priestly status before God, while duplicity of mouth and tenderness towards appearances, rather than tenderness towards godly justification, inherits contempt and all but everlasting shame.

The frown of God breaks the heart of man for a thousand years, while shame will drown man to the millionth year. But Christ is the great Redeemer and Restorer of man’s righteousness and beauty from a pure heart. Christ alone brings everlasting beauty out of the seeds of immortal holiness which He alone plants and has power to cultivate. Sexual holiness is engrafted in the human heart through the influence of the gift (and outcry!) of the Holy Spirit which He gives to those who obey Him.

Sexual arousal, rather than merely being a purgation of the filth of a wicked imagination, should rather grow from inspired Oneness that’s been inherited from God. Sexual arousal, rather than culminating in a release of physical fluids should culminate in gratitude and worship before God. Sexual arousal that does not culminate in worship before God will culminate in pride, filth, and destruction!

Though sex is given to man to destroy the pride inherent in man’s heart, sex is likewise given to multiply holiness through a joint committal (communion!) of two people of themselves to Him Who judges justly. The orgasm was given to simulate the future resurrection and it’s bliss and blessedness upon the physical body and soul. As orgasms leave the body and simulate (or at the very least signify!) both continuance and purgation from death, so idolatry with the behavior of the body denies the great truth of the singularity of God and the eternal Oneness of all things and beings at the future beginning of all things.

Going from person to person with sex, while having a superficial appearance of honoring the Oneness of all of Creation rather, creates covenants with different dimensions and parallel realities of death. It denies the Oneness of God by action and intention and through the creation and impartation of confusion and uncertainty of the Oneness of the future, the Oneness of God’s purpose for one’s self, and calls God an explicit and implicit liar. It creates resistance to the Holy Spirit Whom God has given to those who obey Him in spirit and body. It’s a rejection of God, not just in the Pauline Gospel sense which often faces charges of abstraction and esoterica, but it is a violation of the covenant that each of us has made from before the foundation of the world with the present and future resurrection.

{And though some at this point were to deny a belief in preexistence, my point is left untouched that this kind of conduct violates the covenants that we’ve either made before the foundation of the world [with the present and future resurrection] or that we were betrothed to from before the foundation of the world!}

It’s a denial of the grand and lofty truth of the resurrection. It’s a vile sacrifice on the altar of our bodies that makes us unclean, and it, more than anything else is a claim to self creation, self sustaining power, virility, and virtue. It violates, defiles, and defies the altar of the earth that we are on and that we share eternal covenant with, together with Christ!

Sexual purity along with everlasting love and submission to the Lordship of Jesus are the commandments of Christ, according to 1Thessalonians 4 and 1John 3. If for no other reason, our loyalty to Christ is emphatically tied to our sexual holiness before God.

The 4 spiritual laws of the Church are, actually, (and contrary to popular beliefs) to:

I.). Believe in the right Jesus Christ has to our obedience and submission to Himself;

II.). To walk in His definitions of love and self control;

III.). Through Him to worship His God and Father as our God and Father;

IV.). To announce His gospel to all of Creation, which is:

1). He’s reconciled (and atoned) the world to God;

2). He’ll achieve the world’s purgation from all evil;

3). He’ll restore all of us to obedience and worship before the One God, His Father (and ours!).


He’ll do what it takes to fulfill the purpose, will, and wisdom of the Father Who sent Him as our Shepherd. God only sent Jesus into the world in order to fulfill all righteousness. He wasn’t sent to condemn the world. His words do that now and will continue to do so until we believe Him! Jesus is God’s final hope!!That the judgments of God should have ever been thought of as something that would ever eternally separate someone from their loving God is a pagan doctrine that never occured to God in His understandings and methods of walking with His children in unapproachable/unreproachable light. He alone has immortality, therefore, He is able to turn man to destruction that afterwards He may say "return," according to Psalm 90. In His sole possession of immortality is inherent the understanding that no other being is unalterable. Eternal punishment depends on the nonsequitarian idea that because people haven't changed by a given deadline that they'll necessarily always be corrupt and hardened in their sins. But Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. The immortality that He has brought to light and life in the presence of men isn't their own immortality. Mankind was banished from being able to take of the tree of life and live forever in their sins.

There is nothing in the whole of creation within us or outside of us that can permanently bind us with our sins. Christ is the champion over death -- or spiritual separation from the life of God -- and in no area will that ever require a qualification or a supplimentation of so-called wisdom to have clarity as to God's intent and chosen place over all of Creation. His Kingdom rules over all. He's the governor among the nations.

There is nothing in the character, emotional make-up, or sanctification and wisdom of God that would ever permanently bind us with our sins. Christ's resurrected, yet broken, body ever stands before the Father as a reminder of universal righteousness having been secured by the much greater act of Christ spoken of in Romans chapter 5.

Ever notice that it's the exact same many that were constituted sinners, in Romans chapter 5, that are made righteous in Christ? The terms "few" and "many" in the New Covenant are in relation to, and limited to, the present evil age and while being present qualifiers on the word "all" that's used in the New Testament aren't limiters to the word "all" in the New Testament. 1Corinthians 15 clarifies all to the sensitive and sincere heart: first the few, then the many, and then God's called ALL in ALL. Death (first and second) come to their final end. And what was corruptible has put on incorruption just as the mortal was destined to become immortal as all rule, authorities, and powers are overthrown, put down, and put under foot by Christ. The dethroning of all orders in the Creation by Christ are but the prelude to their being corrected, reconciled, and purified. According to James's epistle, in the New Testament, judgment unfolds towards mercy rather than mercy ending in judgment. You --each and every single one of you -- are destined to sit at God's right hand, in Christ, once your every objective that didn't originate in Father's heart and plan has been ground under foot by Christ. The fact that there's no such thing as eternal punishment [actually and genuinely] taught anywhere in the Bible does not mean that this whole process is any less than infinitely painful. Christ has already signed on the dotted line for our complete wholeness and our restoration to absolute oneness with God. But please bare in mind that our every single tear will be required of us and we will pay in full. We will get through this in the way that God has always intended for us to get through this process: together!

I see a difference between "first fruits" and "latter fruits," and that's where things make the most sense to me. Paul was refering to the laws of the harvests in the Old Order as a pattern for the times of reformation spoken of in the book of Hebrews. There are clear warnings about the birth right and not giving it up over a morsel of whatever. And I see clear statements in Scripture about those who do this or that not "inheriting" the kingdom of God. Psalm 2 says that Jesus is heir of the heathen and I don't take that with regards to only the first born of the covenant. I don't take "inheriting the kingdom" as salvation or damnation, though there is a season before God wipes away every tear clearly taught in the Scriptures. If a prince inherits an earthly kingdom, then he rules over all according to whatever provisions have been made through the laws of that land, but if he "fails to inherit the kingdom," then that just means that he's a "commoner."

As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive

but each in His own order

Christ the firstfruits

then those that are Christ's at His coming

then comes the end (which can be translated "then the rest {or then everybody else}) meaning that everybody who hasn't been made alive by that time is then made alive in Christ at the consummation -- when He delivers up the Kingdom to God the Father after He has made an end of all rule and dominion. "then comes the rest" is a controversial translation of that text only because of the context. It's a valid translation. The controversy comes in from tradition and accepted standards of doctrine and traditions of interpretation of the text. Christians can be worse than the ancient Pharisees about homespun traditions that aren't related to the original intent or weight of the text!

God's all of the time working, as the Master Carpenter, on the character of every single individual, on the priorities of every single individual, and on the best way of awakening and bringing each of us to ourselves and to Himself. He's as faithful to the person or persons that some people don't honestly think are going to make it, as He is to you or me whose sins He punishes to the uttermost. I know that it's a lot to swallow and that if it's true that it's a whole lot of unlearning as well as learning. I was taught just like many Christians were that "My Spirit will not always strive with man..." from a negative perspective. But later in the Scriptures it says "My Spirit will not always strive with man, and neither will I always be wroth for the Spirit would fail before Me and the souls which I have made." His counsel shall stand and He will do all of His pleasure......as I have sworn, saith the Lord, to Me EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue shall confess THAT in the Lord I have righteousness and STRENGTH.

In Isaiah, we have not only "every knee bowing and every tongue confessing," but the nature of the Lordship of the SAVIOR of all is denoted in the confession that's expected of every man that cometh into the world when it says that they'll say "in the Lord I have righteousness and strength." Scripture goes further to say, in the Name of God: for a small moment had He forsaken them, but with great mercies will He gather them. In a little WRATH He hid His face from them FOR A MOMENT, but with EVERLASTING KINDNESS WILL HE HAVE COMPASSION ON US ALL, SAITH THE LORD OUR REDEEMER, HALLELUJAH! The coming judgments are as the waters of Noah unto the Lord, that as He swore that the waters of Noah would no longer go over the earth, so has He sworn that He would not be wroth with us nor rebuke us, saith the Lord that hath mercy on us. Noah and his immediate family were saved through water baptism, or through initiation as firstborn into the covenant of God with all flesh, that at the same time was ending in it's then present form. But, according to Peter's writings, Christ went and preached, after His death, to those that were disobedient in the days of Noah that though judged for the deeds of the flesh - yet they would now live through the Power of the Spirit. He is saying to us in Isaiah 54 that His coming judgments are as the judgments and mercies that have already past -- the utter curse and destruction of sin, while the Savior of all men, in the processes of time. Sodom and Gomorrah are set forth as THE EXAMPLES of eonian judgment, in Jude's writing. And in Ezekiel 16 we're shown the salvation of Sodom, Gomorrah, AND Jerusalem. Furthermore, in that passage, the Pharisaical heart of Jerusalem makes it the greater wonder of everlasting salvation than the salvation of Sodom and Gomorrah. Through Hosea we see God's people saying that though the Lord has torn us, yet will He heal us.

A lot of people often wonder why bad things happen to good people. But people are seldom drawn to God during good times. When things are easy, then pride and rationalism tend to be predominate in the consciousness of most people. Many people wonder why more people don't lose their faith during tragedies than actually do. But if tragedies necessarily injured faith, then many [more] people would be deeply religious as a result of good times. Though there are good people who are having good times and experiencing a deepening of religious conviction and experience at the same time, those types of people in those types of situations are rare. And of those that live in such a situation, the greater majority of those are experiencing a long-term and progressive miracle of gradual recovery from the initial trial that initiated them into their particular faith or spiritual perspective.

A lot of people will claim a lot of things about Christianity, but the genuine proof is the Holy Spirit that He gives to those who obey Him. Without the Holy Spirit, it's all a bathroom joke! A lot of people who call themselves Christians will oppose the Holy Spirit, but the record stands firm that it's only the sin against the Holy Spirit that automatically involves the harshest punishment (Matthew 12). How better to say, "I don't understand" than to rail against the Holy Spirit and to be cast out of the camp of God's people as unclean. How horrible to never acheive life during the extent of the reign of the Son of God. How grievous to only finally be brought to life in that one final act when the Son of God is delivering the Kingdom to the Father after the ages of the ages have passed! How much was missed in such a time period? How horrible to have never overcame, to have never had the right to the tree of life, and to never ever ever be called a child of God! How horrible for one's punishment to endure for as long as Satan's endures! How horrible to never get out until one has paid the utmost farthing! How horrible to have been treacherous towards the Son of God! How horrible to have enraged the Spirit of grace! How horrible to have missed the place of being a Deliverer with Christ in the coming ages! How horrible to ultimately have nothing to offer YHWH but one's shameful tears!

Yes, all will be made alive in Christ Jesus, otherwise how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say that that's how it must be? (1Corinthians 15:22; Colossians 1:15-20; etc.) But to have one's life to have counted as nothing - as far worse than nothing - in the resurrection? It's more than any rational human mind can come to grips with! To have come through all of this with no other lesson than that of humility, though better than extinction or the popular notion of never-ending agony at the hands of the Tender, Merciful One - this still leaves one totally agast at all of the possibilities forfeited, all of the gifts spat upon, and all of the holiness that one could have become.

Though writers like Jan Bonda will say that while there's still judgment, there's still hope, it still defies all sane reasoning that one could spend a life time continuing to resist the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ. It defies all reasoning that one would perpetually look upon the cup of divinity that is placed before one, and rather than to drink of it, to have the awful audacity of spitting at that Holy Chalice and to throw it back in the Face of the Son of God and to totally resist allegiance with the light that gives light to every man who comes into the world.

The Scriptures are clear, however, that many will weep and wail for the balance of the reign of Jesus Christ, that no amount of the Goodness that was first revealed in the face of Moses will ever enlighten their faces or warm their conversations. They'll continue to speak evil of all that they don't understand, and like Ephraim of old will only have their iniquity purged after they rise again at the end of days. Their fears and their superstitions will forever become an angel of death whose flaming sword will keep them from the Tree of Life.

Consider the degree of contempt from unworthy sinners who delight to draw near to God with their mouths but their hearts are far from Him. Consider the filth of their ways, how they always resist the Holy Spirit! Watch them as the Son of God takes them and plunges them into the Abyss of Abysses. Watch how even in that final hour, how they will still not repent. Their hearts condemn them. Their every thought continually condemns them. Their every action cries as the earth did when it received the blood of righteous Abel, that they must die. They'll humbly walk in their traditions, but they'll never humble themselves before their God on their own! Watch as nature stands horrified at the judgment that has come upon them in one hour. They'll never see life until they're subdued!

People who reject the divine inspiration of holy writ generally can not be brought closer to God without ever-increasing tragedies throughout the course of their lives. God is not ignorant of the surgical means necessary to reclaim sinners and to tenderize their hearts to Christ, the One Mediator between God and man. God is at work all of the time in every situation systematically working His systematic purpose of eventual universal holiness.

Punishments for our sins not only eventually and inevitably reclaim sinners through the prolonging of their punishments 'til all hardness of heart is dealt with, but the tenderizing of our hearts before God tenderizes the hearts of those that care for us, to an extent. The tenderizing of the hearts of our enemies through God's prolonged punishments on them tenderizes our hearts as justice is meted out to them. Our hearts eventually and inevitably become tenderized through the prolonged punishments of our enemies. The prolonged punishment of our enemies tenderizes their hearts as they see our hearts tenderizing. Our enemies's hearts are tenderized as they see the prolonged punishments that our hearts are subjected to. All of us will come out of God's prolonged punishments on our sins with hearts that are eventually and inevitably tenderized before God and before one another.

Christ, alone, through the power of His shed Blood and endless life is the eventual reconciler and reunifier of our hearts with God and with one another. But His Blood to have free flow in it's work between us and God and between us and one another must have purified spiritual channels to spiritually impart it's holy [spiritual and physical] cleansing and nourishing power. This is only accomplished through the prolonged fires of God upon all of us and between all of us working their trail to the very cores of our being. Isaiah chapters 33 through 35 are very instructive along these lines! They're, likewise, very instructive of the ends intended by the Lord out of great fire and recompense as our Judge to write His laws upon our hearts and to eventually be King over all with sorrow and sighing eventually fleeing away once He's acheived His objectives of universal sanctification and regeneration.

We'll all eventually be delivered from the pit. Each and every single one of us is in the pit as long as a dearly loved enemy, friend, or relative is yet bound by their sins. Christ came to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And Christ will return to put away sin by His righteous judgment as well. The return of Christ won't be to eternally bind and strengthen the yokes that He came to destroy in His first coming. His second coming will only be a continuation of His first works, if He's indeed the same yesterday, today, and "forever." He'll never stop and He'll never fail of reaching His every objective!

Every second Christ is securing new levels of obedience and triumph over every rule, authority, and power. Every second Christ is gaining in the eyes of the people. Every second Christ is judging, punishing, and removing more and more sin. Every second Christ is accomplishing the will of the Father, though presently mostly in those areas that aren't readily perceived by man or the creation around us. Every second Christ is wiping tears away as the veil over the minds of the people is being pulled away more and more. Every second Christ is Present and inheriting the Kingdom promised to Him before the foundation of the world. Every second Christ is active in the minds of the people, pulling down strongholds and every imaginative thought that would seek to exalt itself against the knowledge of His age-abiding purposes. Every second Christ is bringing people from darkness to light, from the power of satan to God, and causing them to have an inheritance by the faith that is in Him. Every second Christ is performing wonders that no human or angelic language could ever yet adequately convey!

I hear from a lot of Christian Universalists that this message is very hard to preach, but it's really not. What becomes hard is the spirit of debate, the pointing of the finger of wickedness (that we're all warned against in Isaiah chapter 58), going out "half prepared" with this renewed message (KNOWING that there's going to be adversaries who prefer "St." Augustine's "sanctified" paganism, or "St." Aquinas's Aristotlean nonsequitarianism). And then there's the tendencies to over-react as if this were such a radical departure from mainstream Christianity when it's rather a fuller view of what our mainstream brethren only see through a glass darkly. They see Jesus Christ reigning forever and ever. "Anointed Salvation" does reign forever and ever, though there's an eventual elevation to a fuller state at the consummation when the Person of THE Son of God abdicates (1Corinthians 15:22-28), like when Washington handed the command of the Army back to the Continental Congress at the end of the American Revolutionary War. Jesus will be acknowledged at that point as the Father of Humanity, like Washington is considered the Father of the United States. The Gospel likens Jesus to the Old Testament Joshua. Joshua didn't continue in office indefinitely. He led the people into the promised land. With that purpose completed, he stepped aside and left the people in God's trust where they belonged. That wasn't a personal defeat for Joshua. He served the purpose of God for his generation. It was a very long process. For that very long process it can be said that he continued in office indefinitely until that purpose of God - one of God's highest purposes in all of the Old Testament - had been fulfilled. And, looking back in an earlier century, though there arose another Pharoah who afterwards "didn't remember Joseph," our heavenly Father will never be replaced and neither will He ever forget the Precious, precious Jesus, or as Isaiah chapter 53 refers to Him in the Bible codes of the Hebrew text: "Y'shua of Nazareth."

There is, in fact, only one Gospel, though many deny the power of it. Though many accuse us of "a different Gospel," that by no means should put us on the defensive. Let the facts be ready for those who are honestly curious from a humble heart to know what the truth of the matter actually is, and let's all be more discerning about the itchy-ears that'll pretend to have genuine interest in what we have to say just so that they can spy on the liberty that we have in Jesus Christ, so that they can try to entrap us. Those who would know what we believe just so that they can sell us out will experience far more horrible of an end than Balaam did, and don't you ever forget it, ok?

I as a Christian Universalist simply believe that all of God's promises of both destruction and restoration have to be fulfilled. That's the bottomline. Throughout the Scriptures, as you read through the Bible there are promises of both destruction and of restoration spoken to the same peoples at different times, to be fulfilled in different seasons. I simply give each promise of the Scriptures the time frame that the Scriptures indicate. If promises are spoken of ultimate restoration, then obviously God's promised times of destruction which He spoke by the mouths of all of His holy prophets since the world began must be temporal times, given merely to make any and every point that God has purposed to make with every heart in Creation. That temporal blessings and priveleges with God can be lost is likewise clear from Scripture, history, and common experience. But there are promises contained in the Scriptures that blessings and punishments will endure for the night of this present age, in proportions to destiny, humility, and obedience being present or absent with our hearts towards God. It is still insisted upon in the Scriptures that songs of joy and everlasting praise from every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the seas, and all things everywhere will sing the praises of God and of the Redeemer, in that Day when all blessings and pangs are absorbed into the light of the Greater, or rather the Greatest glory of God.

A careful distinction must always be kept between this teaching and other teachings, not on the basis on incompatibility with other teachings but upon the basis of what the parameters of this teaching are. Some people who hold to this teaching have totally rejected the mysticism and the supernaturalism of the modern Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Word of Faith movements within Christianity. There is nothing inherent within the Christian Restorationist message that necessitates such a stand, neither is there anything within the message to inherently prevent such a stand. That is based upon other principles, areas of interpretation, life experiences (or the lack of them), and emotional biases. The Christian Universalist message isn't dependent upon the Charismatic movement within Christianity, though many of it's systems of interpretation beautify and clarify the Christian Universalist message of Christ's ultimate recovery of every life to God. The Christian Universalist message isn't inherently preterist in and of itself. That would, again, be based upon other areas of interpretation, emotional biases, etc., etc. The Christian Universalist message is directly linked to the holiness of God, and to the integrity of His holy written Word. The Christian Universalist message isn't inherently associated with any part of the more militantly anarchist home church movement. (In saying that I'm not calling the "home church movement" anarchistic, but merely refering to that segment of it that vilifies all other forms of Christian assembly.) This message could and should be celebrated in every denomination, and as many arguments can be produced in the behalf of a denomination being formed around it as there have been arguments made against organizing a denominational structure of general affiliation for the purpose of spreading this message on a larger and more organized scale. Issues related to denominationalism or nondenominationalism aren't rooted in the Christian Universalist message, but upon other issues, theories, principles of interpretation, emotional biases, etc.

The Christian Universalist message is simply the message that appearances can be deceiving, so look to the condition of God rather than the condition of sinful man as to what potential there is for reclaiming fallen sinners. Christ died and lives again to fulfill all righteousness, destroy every single work of the devil, and to reclaim all of God's wayward Kingdom. Christ will in fact accomplish all of God's purposes in every single life without any regards to limitations of time or space. Christ has all of eternity to win every heart to God. Having given Himself that span of time within which to work, it won't take that long.

Whatever form any page of this presentation takes, and no matter whatever topic is covered in this short tract, I see each topic being presented as essential Christian Universalism. The Christian Universalism that is shared here essentially envisions 10 root promises derived from the Cross of Christ, from which every other promise of the New Testament branches out of. Those 10 root-core promises of Christian Universalism, Biblically discerned and properly presented are:

The guaranty of continued bondage to sin, so long as reaching out to Christ is not present.
The guaranty of all of the Biblical penalties upon sin being carried out without reservation.
The guaranty that through Jesus Christ alone has atonement for our sins been provided.
The guaranty of His determined purpose to Shepherd all of mankind justly, sincerely, and with wisdom.
The guaranty that He'll initiate His relationship with each individual when it pleases Him.
The guaranty that we are required to walk in all of the truth that He makes known to us individually.
The guaranty that He's coming soon to finish and perfect anything that's yet been unfinished in each individual's life up to that point.
The guaranty that He'll never stop purging the cancer of our sins and nurturing everything in us that's ever originated from within Himself.
The guaranty that He's only responsible for completing in each of our lives what He's started in our lives.
The guaranty that He'll not ultimately and eternally lose a single individual in all of creation.


Nothing presented here is an attack on the Blood of the virgin-born resurrected Son of God, His Lordship, the necessities of the new birth and of sanctification, and the blessed hope of the soon physical return of Jesus Christ. Those fundamentals of the Christian faith are deeply affirmed by all things presented here. Everything presented here is presented from a heart that is as orthodox as Gregory of Nyssa's, who was bestowed the title "father of the fathers" of the Christian faith by the Second Council of Nicea. (For those not familiar with the name of Gregory of Nyssa, he was one of the greatest of the early Church fathers. He was stronger and more dogmatic about some points of doctrine that Origen, I have to admit, seems to have genuinely been shy about. He seems to have perhaps had a more lucid and a more limpid tongue and pen than Origen.) I would not presume to exalt myself to St. Gregory's level, or to claim an equality of my writings with his. I am merely intending to affirm that my writings would not raise a single eyebrow with so distinguished a luminary of the earliest centuries of Christianity.

The belief of the final recovery of every created life to God by Jesus Christ is not presented as anything acheived outside of His mediation, atoning, and evangelistic ministries. Those of Calvinist and Arminian theological persuasions would generally view many of the things that I say here as heresy, but to charge one with heresy merely on eschatological grounds is most unsafe grounds from those with a million different (or more!) interpretations of the book of Revelation in their own circles, and no unity of opinion on countless other matters!

If I ever stray from proclaiming these principles of Universalism on the foundations of Jesus Christ, His Blood, His resurrection power, and His calls to evangelism and holiness, then may this booklet (along with it's author) burn in the deepest Hell ever conceived of by any Augustinian!

In briefly sharing with you an introduction to my perspective of Christ's reign over all, I wish to share with you first that the ten purposes of Gospel Ministry are to:

Lead the prayers of all towards the salvation of all that's been effected for all of creation through Christ;
Proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all of creation;
Announce the reconciliation of the world to God;
Command the repentance of all peoples from their unbelief and disobedience to the reign of Christ in their hearts;
Announce His soon return to judge every man's works;
Break every yoke of bondage;
Quench Strife;
Edify those who are obedient to the faith in their inheritance of Christ's conquest of death;
Motivate all towards the good works which the Bible prescribes as profitable to men for this life and the ages to come until God is All in all;
Demonstrate the fruits of a life fully yielded to God and His Gospel.

Nothing that I've written here is meant to be controversial. This is meant to be redemptive towards those who feel like they've gone too far from Christ's reach. They are [in one sense "ESPECIALLY"] meant to be redemptive and hope inspiring towards those who feel like they have loved ones who've gone too far from Christ's reach. This is written from a spirit of humility to Christ. This is meant to exhort, to rebuke the sinful and presumptuous, and to offer an alternative to evangelism defeating and self defeating presentations of the Gospel. This is not "official" Christian Universalist doctrine, because there are as many different views among Universalists as among Arminians and Calvinists regarding divine sovereignty, the place of free will in the human race, the exact definition of Biblically based Christian fellowship, and other matters of faith, dogma, and practice. While I've had the opportunity to read some of the best Christian Universalist materials that have been prepared throughout the centuries, the most important influences on the Christian thought that I'm presenting here are in the form of 3 important books. They are:

"The Restitution of all things," by Andrew Jukes;
"Christ Triumphant," by Thomas Allin;
"Dialogues on the Universal Restoration," by Elhanan Winchester.

None of these books played a part in converting me to Christian Universalism. And I've only briefly alluded to the aforementioned works in this present work. These three works have served to refine my form of presentation of these beautiful truths. Andrew Jukes taught me to see the unity of God's Law and Grace in the final salvation of all of mankind. "Christ Triumphant," by Thomas Allin, and "The Restitution of all things," by Andrew Jukes taught me a lot of important, and often neglected, Church history. All three of the aforementioned works taught me a balanced Biblical perspective on denouncing sin and commanding repentance - on a Biblical foundation of the eventual salvation of all of mankind. "Dialogues on the Universal Restoration" taught me how to defend, Biblically, this perspective against far more weighty arguments against Christian Universalism taken from the King James Bible than most Christian Universalists will ever have to face in arguments against our beliefs in the present day. I believe that these three works deal with the doctrine of eternal punishment as embraced by both Calvinists and Arminians who've not perceived the final conquest of God's love over all of Creation. Elhanan Winchester's "Dialogues" presents a series of conversations on the final Universal Repentance and Universal Restoration of all of Creation from the perspective of a Christian Universalist minister dialoging with a friend with an opposing view point.

For a thorough refutation of the erroneous doctrine of the final annihilation of the wicked apart from any considerations of a final restoration to righteousness, I presently don't know of any finer works than those of Adolf E. Knoch, which are both preserved and advanced by the Concordant Publishing Concern for posterity.

I was initially brought to a knowledge of the absolute truth of Christ the Savior of the whole entire cosmos through a book called "The One Purpose of God," by Jan Bonda which was a translation of a Dutch commentary on the book of Romans which is very careful in balancing scholarship and the pastoral touch for it's readers. His answers to the Romans chapters 9 through 11 "dark sayings" finally made sense of those three chapters to me, without which clarification in understanding it would have been impossible to have won me over to this perspective that I now hold. His book is merely introductory, so those looking for indepth analysis might be disappointed by his presentation. But his goals were those of a Christ-like shepherd of the flock rather than to butt heads with academia.

A couple of more thorough books on translation issues would be J.W. Hanson's "The Greek Word Aion...." and A.E. Knoch's "All in all." Hanson's book is a short work of under a hundred pages that traces the usage of the Greek words "aion" and "aionios" from the 5th to the 8th centuries B.C. on down through the completion of the Septuignt, the New Testament Scriptures, the early Church Fathers, and down through to the present. Knoch's "All in all" is a collection of his newsletter writings dealing with the final fate of the wicked on more tedious grounds, which it generally takes several readings of to fully understand the depth, breadth, and importance of his arguments and linguistic interpretations.

That's not to say that "All in all" is a particularly difficult read, but being a collection of short essays it's definitely a multifaceted presentation that takes some careful "digestion" in order to assimilate everything that's presented. The book is very devotionally written as well as having it's heavier areas of scholarship which are presented in such a way to where it's easy to skip those first 4 chapters in order to gain the breadth of what he's saying, and then one can go back to those hard-hitting chapters for apologetic proofs and really indepth analysis of the Scriptures of the Old Testament and the New Testament.

"Christ Triumphant" succeeded in proving to me that the belief in the ultimate restoration of all of Creation to God through Christ was the earliest belief of the Church and that as the Church lost sight of the original senses of the original languages of the Bible in favor of becoming more and more latinized that that's when the eternal punishment dogma gained the ascendency in the Church as a dogma. The earliest Fathers who read and wrote in the ancient Greek of the Scriptures taught, predominantly, and in the language of the Greek Scriptures, a final restoration of Creation, without exception, to God through Jesus Christ. As Greek became less and less of a used language in the Church and as the knowledge of Hebrew was even eventually forbidden in European history, then the Church's earliest hopes became darker and darker and more and more obscured. With the growth of the roots of the eternal punishment dogma grew the wickedest centuries that the world has ever known.

[Interestingly, alluding back to Jan Bonda's book for a brief second, with the growth of the eternal punishment dogma grew antisemitism, to unprecidented proportions, through faulty interpretations of Romans chapters 9 through 11. Forbiding the knowledge of the Hebrew language, in European history, didn't help matters either! Lots of books talk about the time period when Hebrew was a forbidden language in European history. I'm not sure if Bonda's book mentions it. The most recent book that I've read that mentions it briefly is a book called "Out of the Flames" by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone which tells the interesting story of Michael Servetus and the book that he wrote that caused John Calvin to campaign for his arrest and execution. So, it's neither presumptuous nor too much to say that a full-scale battle against the eternal punishment dogma is a full-scale battle against antisemitism, because that's one of the main roots of that demonic agenda. i.e., If God has cast off His own without remedy (though St. Paul never said that God did, inspite of comments by the Reformers, particularly Luther, to the contrary), then why wouldn't He cast you off eternally? But the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. And though not all who call themselves Jews are, in fact, true Hebrews, the Lord has said that He'll call those who were not "My people," "My people," and in the place where it was said of them that they're not His people: they'll be called children of the living God....for God is able to graft them in again......as well as the whole rest of humanity; from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things; God has committed them all to disobedience so that He can have mercy upon all...]

"Christ Triumphant" went on to show how the holiest, godliest, and most scholarly of the early Church Fathers and the holiest, godliest, and most scholarly of Christians during the first thousand years of the Church held to the hope of the final salvation of absolutely all of Creation through Jesus Christ. The book readily admitting there were a few [colorful and outspoken] exceptions to this general sense of Church history, the arguments [and facts] presented along these lines are not diminished in the least.

As far as readability, I personally believe that Elhanan Winchester's "Dialogues on the Universal Restoration," though the oldest of these three works is the easiest to read of the three works that have influenced me the most in my presentation style. Again, the three works that have influenced the present style of this presentation are Jukes's "Restitution," Allin's "Christ Triumphant," and Elhanan Winchester's "Dialogues." Because Winchester's work is broken up into multiple dialogues, it's possible to start with any of them and read them through for the arguments for and against "the larger hope," and not lose the weight of the arguments presented for and against Christian Universalism. They each, individually, would make for fabulous short tracts to hand to pastors, with each dialogue being separately bound. But I've as yet not seen anyone take on that project, either because of the enormity of the financial cost involved in creating multiple books or pamphlets out of the one master work, or perhaps nostalgia has prevented even the consideration of such a project, because taken together it is a fabulous Christian Universalist classic.

I present this writing to the Church and to the world at large in it's radical and less than eloquently polished form with ideas and ideals that are not foreign to any sincere Christian. This is meant to convey:

the perfections of Jesus Christ;
a rebuke against all ungodliness and presumption;
a call to repentance and dedication to Christian love, cleanliness, hope, and evangelism;
for the edification and challenge of God's holy people;
to present some of the grace of God that has worked in my own life for:
the encouragement of the saints;
the groan of the sinful;
and to freshly affirm the soon return of Jesus Christ to judge the world in righteousness and in justice; in loving-kindness and in mercy.

Some people may come to this booklet as unbelievers of what I'm presenting here. They may even leave these pages still disbelieving what I've presented here, though they might consider these sayings a different matter altogether from the Lordship of Jesus Christ, faith in Him, and their call to obey Him. For those Christians who come to this book doubting what I say here and leave here still doubting the Universal Repentance and Universal Restoration that I see prophesied in Scripture, it is my sincerest hope that their arguments against what I have presented here will be a lot stronger than arguments that would readily be refuted by Romans chapter 6 under any distinctly Christian paradigm. "Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? - Absolutely not!" And as 2Corinthians chapter 5 declares, each and every single person in the world was reckoned dead when Christ died, and merely in need of God's glad tidings and merciful power that'll eventually cause them to be MADE the righteousness of God in Him. While some believe and consequently receive the rights of being Sons and Daughters of God, all darkness is destined to be swallowed by the marvelous light.

I would hope that those Christians who would claim the Bible as their foundation for doubting what I'm saying here would at least concede that if the Scriptures affirmed what I believe, then the Scriptures that I cite could be said to perhaps hint at it - at the very least. It is my hope that my difference from the general creed of Christians on this one point of "last things" would not prevent me from being received as a dearly loved brother in Jesus Christ - without partiality, hypocrisy, and hidden motives.

As St. Paul observed at his trials before the Sanhedrin so many years ago:

my hope [i.e. the hope of Martin Cisneros] is likewise in the RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD!


My hope is that all would be encouraged and that none would lose in sanctification as a result of these matters, in whatever context or frame of mind they're received or disputed, but that all would draw more closely to God and more humbly towards receiving the Cross of Jesus Christ, the Lord of all.

It is my hope to demonstrate that none of the hopes that I advance here are foreign to the Gospel commission and hope. It is a hope to challenge the spirit of the church of this age towards humility before the Scriptures, and to remove the eternal punishment stumbling block to the Gospel that hinders the acceptance of faith, Christian sincerity, and worship among those who are more thoughtful, Christ-like, and studious than the majority of Christian ministers give them credit for.

The eternal punishment dogma, which is unscriptural, wounds the consciences of saint and sinner alike and is the unseen foundation of much of the infidelity in the world to God. It's also of paramount importance to a final cure of the mentally ill, who may not even be in touch with when or where they heard such an unwholesome dogma or when and where it slipped into their subconscious as even a remotely plausible final outcome of the human race; unwittingly and subconsciously judging the divine to hold to similar aspirations as the worst tyrants humanity has ever seen. Teach people, without qualification, or hypocrisy, the old contemporary Christian standard "When God Ran" and multitudes more will flee for mercy into the arms of Jesus Christ, than ever readily seem to under the old "evangelistic" superstition of endless separation from Mercy!

Curse their sin and their lack of obedience and understanding - by all means - but - don't forget to point them towards the infinite light, love, and wisdom that will judge them, turn them from their wicked ways, and heal both them and their lands, ok?

Many Christians have deep concerns as to the appropriateness of this being taught among Christians - ignoring the questions of whether or not it's a Scripturally valid doctrine. To many this seems to be a very dangerous doctrine that can lead to little good in the long run.

Origen, in the 3rd century, speaks of those for whom blissful ignorance would have been better, because once having come into the truth a person, or some people, that he knew personally cast off all moral and Christian restraint and lept into sin with both hands and feet and became "twice the sons of hell" as those who had been deceived into believing in eternal hell torments. It is to be admitted that many of the early Greek speaking Church fathers became entranced with the doctrines of Pythagoras and Plato regarding holding to some truths esoterically, and that at times, and for that reason, many of the early Church fathers' writings seem self-contradictory, at one time asserting what appears to be the final salvation of all and at other times - depending on the crowd they were addressing - teaching the pagan fables of endless damnation. Much evil can be and is often pointed to in Church history that came about as a result of the teaching of eternal punishment. This question basically comes back to the Platonic doctrine of "Reserve," or "Economy" where some truths should be withheld and only shared with more spiritually mature audiences. Is that a valid doctrine, admitting the Universal Restoration to be the implicit doctrine of all of the Scriptures? Should certain things be withheld from certain audiences because of inherent dangers that may be associated with the full knowledge of the liberty that we really have in Christ Jesus? Did Jesus hint at this with His comment about not casting one's pearls before swine?

While there's little question about the potential dangers of Christian Universalism, not properly understood and Biblically balanced, it can also be said that there are a great many other doctrines of Scripture that endanger the anxious, careless, fearful, ignorant, unbelieving, stubborn, profane, immoral, and zealous if mishandled. In that sense, the doctrine of Christian Universalism is no different than many of the doctrines of sanctification, worship, faith, prayer, and confession, and anything else that pertains to "inheriting the Kingdom of God." Anything can be abused, misinterpreted, and turned into coveteousness, isolation, licientiousness, pride, laziness, and murder. Many valid truths are taught by people who are not yet fully schooled in the truths that they so confidently profess. And with that, there is the possibility of inadvertently conveying "error," "false balances," and justification to the flesh. Things should only be withheld from public declaration for 4 basic reasons:

Incomplete knowledge and skill in the Scriptures regarding the doctrine;
If one is genuinely called to teach something else (either for a season or for life);
If one is desiring to teach this just for the sake of being the new kid on the block with the grandest revelation of Jesus Christ (i.e. self-exaltation for perceiving "the" truth);
If one still feels the immaturity of youth beating in their bosom where they feel the need to be in the right, at the expense and shame of someone they perceive to be in the wrong.


Our sole motivation in all things needs to be the love of God with all of our heart, mind, body, and strength, and the love of our neighbor as ourself. The only real dangers in this message are:

that immature believers will try to teach this before their knowledge of this and their level of personal sanctification is advanced enough to where they can teach this wisely, - fitting it in with other doctrines of the Scriptures already familiar to the Body of Christ;
that one would use it as an excuse for licientiousness, because the warnings about Esau and the firstborn birthright are applied by the Apostles to the New Covenant;
that one would fear persecution for this message from dearly loved family, friends, and social icons;
that immature believers would study this message for the sake of creating their own inquisition against the so-called fundamentalist.

This message is a call to:

maturity;
to parting with personal vanities;
to martyrdom - sometimes literally, but more usually in a figurative sense (ex: in the sense of one's future in ministry, reputation, relationships, and anything else that can potentially be shaken).
While there seems to be endless debate about whether or not there's any possibility of finding middle ground between Cessationist and Charismatic theology, and while there seems to be [very] little middle ground between Pretorist and Futurist interpretations of Bible prophecy, the links between Universalism and mainstream Christianity are, for the most part, much easier to find.

Universalism concerns itself, predominantly, with the outcome of infinite grace. Universalism, contrary to popular accusation, doesn't ignore God's processes of judgments, but in fact usually embraces far more judgments in it's world view; in it's "process". Universalism does hold to the doctrine of the restitution of all things as a prerequisite to the manifestation of the regeneration of all things. Restitution concerns itself with a setting of things in their proper order and a balancing of the books. The regeneration of all things is what's on the other side of such a restitution, as it's God's will to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can dare ask, think, or imagine!

Some Charismatics may very well be turned off by a number of Universalists who claim that the tithe is unbiblical, but that debate is also occuring in Charismatic and Cessationist circles and isn't a particular point of Universalist doctrine. There are Universalists who are as undecided and as opinionated about that as there are those who don't hold to the Universalist paradigm.

Universalism exists with two different poles of extremity and with every view imaginable between those two extremes. There are those who are infinitely liberal to the point of embarassing themselves with how liberal that they are. There are those who are pro-homosexual rights, pro-abortion, and pro-death penalty. There are also those who share the views of those who believe that sodomy is an abomination, abortion and the death penalty are murder, and other things that "fit in" with conservative movements. Universalism is not inherently a belief in divine liberalism nor in political liberalism, but seeks to hold to the earliest traditions of pre-Augustinian Christianity.

Just as you have "Baptists" that are the "Good guys" and "Baptists" that are the "Bad guys", you have the same thing with Universalism over politics, religious and moral sentiment, scholarship, personal sanctification and dedication to God, and anything else you would ever want to talk about regarding the fruit of someone's life. Universalist history is as full of the holiest men of God as any other theological stream and has had proportionately no more liberals than any other sect and belief structure.

It is possible to believe in the eventual salvation and regeneration of all things in the future eons of God's kingdom and still believe in:

1). tithing;
2). rapture theology;
3). tribulation theology;
4). a literal hell;
5). a literal lake of fire;
6). literal and practical holiness with stiff standards;
7). either side of the debate regarding the "Trinity";
8). present necessities for evangelism;
9). and anything else you want to conceive of except for eternal torment.

Universalism concerns itself with the outcome of ALL of God's dealings with His creation. Because of the shared belief in the severity of God's judgments, Universalism DOES promote present day conversions, but has fewer ulcers about how any of it's loved ones departed this life because of honestly trusting rather than fearing God's judgments! Universalism's motivation towards evangelism is similar to that of those who hold to Charismatic beliefs, whether the particular Universalist is a Cessationist or a Charismatic or not: Universalism's clarion call is for all to come and taste of the Lord's GOODNESS! Universalism's motivation is the glory of God and savoring every morsel of the unfolding plan of God in scripture.

Most Christians believe that with the sacrificial death and mediation ministry of Christ in resurrection life that the dynamic powerful enough to save all of creation was and is being released in full force. Universalists simply embrace that God never fails a little more strongly than other Christians. Universalists are on every channel of the spectrum regarding the place of divine sovereignty and the free-will of man that any other Christian is on with regard to their particular spin on how God's accomplishing the purpose of the ages. Any theory on how God may engineer the salvation of some is probably embraced by nearly all Universalists, in addition to the belief that not only does love never fail, but also in the larger hope that love never gives up either!

Some would point to the fact that many Universalists shun Church attendance as an indication of a less than wholesome and sanctified fruit of Universalism. But, again, this is misleading as there are a great many people who believe in the finished work of Christ and trust in the mercies of the Redeemer who because of either work schedules or because of not being able to deal with loud public address equipment, or simply because the times and days of most churches are honestly unrealistic just simply don't make it out to a service.

We are encouraged in Scripture to promote evangelism and the mutual good of all Christians everywhere, to promote soundness of instruction and soundness of faith, and to pray with each other and share in the testimonies of God's goodness with each other. Those are the Biblical mandates on fellowship that can be facilitated in local Churches, but can also be facilitated with a good ol' pen and paper letter of encouragement to those missionaries and Bible teachers that God has knit our hearts to through Christian television, radio, magazines, the internet, or other channels that are available for knowing what's going on in the world among and with Christians.

Frequently, the charge of many Christians who don't attend Church are the fact that they're not personally edified by one or more things in that service, and are personally disgusted by the order of the service and rather than trying to cause a mutiny simply choose to walk the [straight and narrow] plank and entrust themselves and their families to God and their own family Bibles and lexicons. But church attendance isn't a hindrance to the move of the Holy Spirit, a belief in corporate expressions of the Body of Christ(which are Biblically mandated a minimum of 3 times a year, if one's to find any type and shadow of value in the Mosaic law whatsoever for contemporary Christian practice), or to the Universalist conviction of the finished work of Christ!
The motivations for a Universalist attending Church fellowship are the same as why any Universalist would want to share their particular spin on the finished work of Christ and on eschatology!

And it's an unfair assessment that Universalists are more likely to avoid Church than other Christians over Universalist reasons. Usually, when a Universalist chooses to hide their lack of church attendance behind their Universalism, what is actually at stake is what they consider their Christian liberties rather than their Universalism. But, the injunctions of St. Paul are the answer to that where he says things along the lines of: Are you taking your Christian liberties at the expense of your fellow Christians? Universalism isn't opposed to church attendance, no matter what any Universalist claims in order to hide that they're thinking their fellow Christians who believe in eternal punishment are worse than infidels, which is usually what the attitude is of many Universalists. But, the "worse than infidels" passage in Paul filtered through the Universalist paradigm just means that Universalists ought to show more kindness, love, and patience towards them than those who believe in eternal torment would think that those Christians who'd disagree with them would deserve!

The eternal torment paradigm multiplies the iniquities of competition, prejudice, and self-exaltation. In proof of this, those things should find no place whatsoever among Universalists!

Self-aggrandizement is usually the pit fall of Universalists, though because of not observing Paul's admonition "what do you have that you did not receive? and if you did receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it(i.e. as a gift from God)?"

Universalism isn't inherently against the presentation models of Bible prophecy teachers such as Jack Van Impe and others who teach about how the newspapers are lining up into a predicted scenario that would indicate the season of Christ's return. Universalists should simply "study to see if these things be so" as any other Christian should and on the points that Jack Van Impe and other Bible prophecy teachers would share that really seem to indicate the soon return of Christ, on those points there should be GREAT REJOICING because the aionios kolasis and the aionios zoe are about to take place that'll usher us into the ages of the pruning of God's adversaries and teach the heirs of aionios zoe how to love their enemies with wisdom until they're no longer their enemies but fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God!

The common ground between Universalists and all other Christians is LOVE, though we may differ, privately, with how effective that love will be in the end towards all of creation. Our hope as Universalists should never be an occaision for bitterness, not even in the light of how difficult it is to share our hearts with our fellow Christians who don't SEE the same glorious futures that we see! And only by active involvement with our fellow Christians who believe in eternal torment(i.e. where they're at! even if that means....gulp!..."church"!) can we hope to touch them with the infinite grace of God that'll reclaim all of creation in answer to the cry of Jesus's Blood!

It seems to me that every single imaginable thing that has been preached in Christian circles "apart from the final destiny of those who've been wicked until the present age" can be preached and believed by any Universalist. The fundamental question of all fundamentalists in regards to Universalism is whether or not God's righteous judgments against sin are fully embraced as being administered by God and whether or not the honor and integrity of God is preserved. While Universalists, historically, typically always admitted of the fullest condemnation of God upon sin while still being the Savior of all of mankind through Christ Jesus, in recent years the tendency of Universalists has been to tone down God's righteous judgments against sin because, in their view, people go through enough abuse under the endless punishment paradigm. Perhaps it would be a good thing for Christian Universalists to go back to preaching the righteous indignation of God against all sin, all unrighteousness, all rebellion, and all uncleanness and depravity. Final universal restoration is unquestionably and clearly taught in Scripture, but the "need" to be redeemed first must be conveyed to our hearers and the charge of preaching an "easy" Universalism without standards and boundaries must be refuted. When I speak of standards and boundaries, I speak of the process whereby God's righteousness and holiness are preserved in the judging and saving of the world and I do not in any way imply a limitation compatible with the partialists.

 

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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2

 

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from a solid Center Column Reference Study New King James Version Bible. Where Center Column Reference alternate renderings are preferred, they're not always noted on the site at the time of their usage in a given context, if there's a discrepancy between our quotation and a NKJV that our site's visitors use that's missing the Center Column Reference notes that provide more literal renderings, alternative Hebrew and Greek manuscript variations, etc. Sometimes an "Understood Subject" from the given chapter of the Bible or the particular book of the Bible (perhaps previous chapter) is given attention to while teaching. Reading (and rereading) each book of the Bible [in it's entirety] that's being quoted from in the midst of each subject is [always] greatly encouraged for added clarity! While we're [deeply] supportive of what's understood to be orthodox Christian doctrine on all matters, we're always looking for what God's ADDITIONALLY saying to us in each subject being taught.