A Game-Changer on Hell? by George Sarris

Until now, most Christians have assumed that evangelicals – people who base their convictions clearly on the teaching of Scripture – cannot possibly be universalists – people who believe that God will one day redeem all mankind.

With the release on March 8 of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell (Second Edition), that understanding suddenly changed!

For the first time, a well respected, evangelical publishing house has clearly acknowledged that universalism is a view Christians should seriously consider.

An Evangelical Universalist

The four views presented in the book are: Eternal Conscious Torment, Terminal Punishment, Purgatory, and an essay by Robin Parry on Christian Universalism.

According to the book’s general editor, Preston Sprinkle –
All of the authors are committed Christians who believe in the full inspiration and authority of the Bible . . . All of the authors will derive and articulate their views based on Scripture and theological reasoning.

Dr. Sprinkle goes on to say –

I found Robin Parry’s essay to be a fascinating read! And, if I can be quite honest, I think it is a game-changer . . . Christians can no longer dismiss his view as unorthodox. We must now actually crack open our Bibles and, like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), see if these things are so.

Check It Out

For a very long time Christians have been told that most of the billions of people who have lived on this earth will remain separated from the love and mercy of God for all eternity. The moms and dads . . . grandmas and grandpas . . . sons and daughters . . . relatives and friends who have not exhibited the “right kind” of faith here in this life will be shut up in a place called hell to suffer forever.

But is that really true?

Is the greatest story ever told – the story of the creation, fall and redemption of mankind – really a tragedy for the vast majority of people who have ever lived . . . including many who you know and love?

Four Views on Hell is a great introduction to the Biblical arguments that directly relate to these issues. The arguments presented are not exhaustive. But they’re clear and clearly presented.

After reading Parry’s essay, you still may not be convinced that he is right. But it’s no longer enough to simply state categorically that an evangelical can’t be a universalist!

The landscape has changed. Maybe it’s time to take another look at an issue you may have been wondering about for a very long time.

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7 Comments

  1. mark musone says:

    Believers of the Lord Jesus have to do their own research on the bible and how it has been changed over the past centuries. If one looks at the original greek bible and the new american or king James there are many differences noted. I look at the original greek bible as the more valid version. Eternal, forever, everlasting is never mentioned in the greek as they say the age of ages or the eons of the eons. When the bible states that they who are not written in the Lambs book of life will be sent to eternal damnation, this is not true. They will be sent to hell until the present eon has been completed and not everlasting as the other versions teach. Besides no one can come to Jesus unless the Father allows it. Why doesn’t he allow everyone and why will they be punished forever if the Father does not permit it. It’s evil, sadistic and not just if this occurs.

    • glwadmin says:

      Thank you Mark for your comment. I believe you are right about the meaning of “eternal.” It is relative to the thing it is describing as the word “tall” and it is also relative to God and therefore a qualitative rather than quantitative term. Jesus said to know Him is “eternal life.” It is the quality of life and not the duration.

      Jesus said to the Pharisees…”judge for yourselves what is right” and you have done just that by recognizing that this interpretation by man is “evil, sadistic and unjust.”

  2. Scalar says:

    This universalist view is total Satanic garbage. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ, His word the Bible, proves eternal conscious torment in Hellfire is real. You are attacking the words of Jesus and calling Him a liar:

    Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: Mark 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: Mark 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Mark 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Mark 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Mark 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

    The answer is not to cover up the reality of eternal Hellfire for the lost. The answer is to evangelize the Gospel to people. As far as the ones who died without Jesus Christ as their Saviour, they will burn in the lake of fire forever and they deserve it. We all deserve it, thank God that those of us who trust in His shed blood alone for eternal life don’t have to burn there.

    • glwadmin says:

      You refer to different things found in the Greek and yet you are combining all three into ONE concept we have called “Hell.” There are actually 3 (three) different realities in the Bible that we often refer to with the one word “hell” (Hades, Gehenna, Lake of Fire). See explanation by pastor Peter Hiett in short video “Hallelujah In Hell.”

    • Josh says:

      Hello friend – I will just point to one thing, and that is the statement “us who trust in His shed blood”. As Christians, we put our trust in Christ – not in any work, not in any system, not in any model of atonement. That is putting faith in faith. Our faith must be put in Christ, not in his blood.

      If we have no merit, and they have no merit, why are we in heaven and they not ?

      • Scalar says:

        We do not trust in a “model of atonement”. We trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His blood is God’s blood because He is God. That is trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no eternal salvation outside the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood

        Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

        Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

        Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

        Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

        Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

        Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

        Hebrews 9:20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

        Hebrews 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

        Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

        Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus

        Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of Abel.

        Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

        Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

        1Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

        1Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

        1Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

        As you can see the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary for eternal life, eternal salvation. This modern and post modern “bloodless gospel” that is preached and taught in these universalist false churches is anti Christ and is of the Devil, Satan. Satan hates and fears the blood of Jesus Christ.

        Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

        Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

        Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

        Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

  3. glwadmin says:

    Thank you very much Josh for the concise word of wisdom and hope! The true Gospel does not come demanding faith but supplying faith. It is the faith OF God as we read in Gal 2:20, Eph 2:8,9 and many other places. The blood is powerful for what it represents — His love poured out freely for all mankind. It is not some magical substance but it represents His life, love and devotion to His children, “for we are all His offspring” (Acts 17).

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