The Good News of your salvation

There are quite a number of passages in Paul’s epistles that make it clear that everyone will eventually experience salvation, but there’s one verse in particular that really stands out to me as definitive proof that everyone has been saved (from an absolute/ontological perspective): “in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth… Continue reading The Good News of your salvation

Beyond “free will”

I’ve begun to conclude that the whole concept of “free will,” particularly in discussions about soteriology, is simply an unnecessary distraction from the truth, and that it might be time to leave the phrase out of such discussions altogether in order to focus on what really matters. While believers within the body of Christ know… Continue reading Beyond “free will”

Having to choose to have faith is salvation by works

Most Christians believe that they can choose to believe the Gospel on their own, and in fact believe that one’s choice determines where they will spend eternity. The problem is, this idea is essentially salvation by works or salvation by self, and is really nothing more than humanism dressed up in religious garb. Yes, the… Continue reading Having to choose to have faith is salvation by works

Not everyone will be saved, and yet everyone will be saved

I watched a debate between a Christian and a member of the body of Christ the other night, over whether Universal Reconciliation was scriptural or not. There’s a lot that I could discuss about it, but one thing stood out in particular. The “against” debater pointed out that Jesus stated some people would not be… Continue reading Not everyone will be saved, and yet everyone will be saved

Is God a gentleman?

“But God won’t force people to go to heaven to live with Him against their will,” he said when he found out I believed in Universal Reconciliation. “Forcing someone to do something against their will is called rape, and God wouldn’t do that.” “I should probably point out that I’m not saying He’ll let them… Continue reading Is God a gentleman?

Jesus only returns once

Trying to refute the idea of the Snatching Away (or the rapture, as he called it), I recently had someone tell me that Jesus only returns once, saying, “There’s nothing in the Bible that indicates Jesus will return from heaven to the earth twice.” And you know what? He’s absolutely right. Jesus only returns to… Continue reading Jesus only returns once

Heaven isn’t what you think it is

[Scriptural references and extended details are in the links throughout the post.] What is heaven like? And where is it, anyway? Nearly everyone who believes in God has asked these questions at some point in their lives. The answers they’re normally given, unfortunately, are generally vague guesses or assumptions, or simply statements saying “we can’t… Continue reading Heaven isn’t what you think it is

Salvation by superiority

I’ve written about some of the street preachers of downtown Toronto before (see here and here), but I came across some of them again yesterday while on a walk, and once again the duplicity of the words they preached jumped out at me (although I believe they almost certainly had no idea how deceptive what they… Continue reading Salvation by superiority