There are some doctrines in the Bible which are difficult, nevertheless they are true. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55: 8,9
People find it distasteful that it says in the Word of God “In fact,, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins”
As I go deeper and deeper into the point I am making, you are going to find that you will like what I am saying less and less. Perhaps. That all depends on whether or not you have learned to love the Truth. There are many who profess Christ who do not love His Truth. If you do not love the Truth, then I am afraid you do not love God, because they are One and the same. God is Truth. In fact, if you try to define truth without God you will have to abandon any efforts straight away, because there must be a standard by which you begin, an absolute cause, and that absolute cause and standard is the Word of God. And the Word of God is God. Remember? In the beginning was the Word? And the Word was with God and the Word was God? Basic Christianity 101.
There are a good many people on the internet who like to argue the cause of Universalism. They like to use a Scripture like John 3:16, and then throw away the hundreds of other Scriptures which do not support what is they think John 3:16 is saying. It isn’t saying what they think it is saying anyway. What it is saying is that God has so much love for His elect, His chosen people, that He sent His Son to die for them, taking their sins and dispensing with them so that He can give them eternal life with Him. On what basis does God choose His people? That is not given for man to know. And yet so many people have argued with me that all men will be saved. Let’s break it down…
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
The basic sense of the Greek word for the world meaning ‘an ornament’ is illustrated by the word ‘adornment’ (1 Peter 3:3) While the NT uses it a total of 185 times, John had a particular fondness for this term, using it 78 times in his Gospel, 24 times in 1-3 John and 3 times in Revelation. John gives it several shades of meaning, 1) the physical created universe, 2) humanity in general, 3) the invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan and all that it offers in opposition to God, His Word, and His people.
So which one of these uses did John have in mind when he wrote John 3:16? He meant humanity in general. But who, of those who fit the bill, will be saved? Those who believe in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son. Do you suppose that He is going to somehow forgo that clause because He is such a nice guy? “I could never believe in a God who would send anyone to hell”. Okay. Fine. Don’t. You don’t believe in the God of the Bible anyway. I could never believe in a God who writes a Bible and then doesn’t go by what He sets down in it. Salvation is serious business. If we cannot trust the Word of God then we can trust nothing. As for me, I trust and believe in the Word of God 100%. This means, however, that there will be some who perish because ‘they refused to love the truth’. Please do not try to tell me that every single person you know believes in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of mankind.
I remember just recently I was at a video forum where a person wrote to me “I have not read anything anywhere in Ephesians about the predestination of some to salvation. I couldn’t believe it. Can someone actually block certain words out of their minds when they read the Word of God?
“”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
“And we know that all things work together for good with them that love God and are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Morover whom He predestined, these He also called, whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Okay, so now I know what comes next. There are those of you who are going to tell me that everyone is saved, we are all predestined. We are all the elect. Sounds stupid, but okay. I can point out Scripture that answers that too. See, here is the problem. You do not want to hear the truth. If you do not wish to hear the truth it can only be because you are not saved. If you are not saved, my reccomendation to you is to cry out to God to save you. Admit that you are a piece of dirt, the most vile sinner who ever lived. If you really believe that there may be hope for you. If you do not believe that, I am afraid that until you do believe it there is no hope for you. Self-righteousness is a sin that many people fall into, and it is deadly. It keeps us from acknowledging the truth before God. If you think you pass before God with the sin of self-righeousness and go skipping merrily into heaven you are mad. God is holy. Holy God cannot tolerate sin, which is why I told you at the outset that without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin. People have accused of God of being bloodthirsty, yet He is the One who paid the sin-debt for His people, so I am afraid you are wrong on that count. And if you are someone who is saying that, then you are a God-hater and there is little hope for you either.
God loves His people. And He enables us to love Him, because we are, by nature, God-haters. We are by nature children of wrath. But everything we need for salvation is given to us, as a gift. Those who do not have the gift do not understand this, and are trying to earn it. It cannot be earned. It can only be given. That is why you have such hostility for we have the gift. You think we think we are better. We do not think we are better, in fact we know we aren’t better!
My recommendation to you is to cry out to God. Admit to Him just how wretched you are. Do you think you are wretched? See, you can’t just work up a few tears and pretend you think you are awful. You must know that you are. Do you know that you are a bad person? Do you know just how depraved you are today? Listen, if you need for me to quote you some more Scriptures for you before you are willing to believe that not everyone is going to be saved, I will be happy to do so. I really don’t think that is the problem though. I honestly don’t think you understand just how depraved and vile and sinful and hateful and horrible you are.
But don’t worry. If you are a child of God, He will make sure you do understand. You aren’t going to have much fun going through that part, but whatever it takes to get you there, He will do it.
Please understand my motivation for writing this article. There are many of you who are God’s elect out there who do not yet know it. You are resisting God’s truth out of stubbornness or for any number of reasons. I keep thinking of Blanche DuBoise in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire” saying “Don’t! Don’t hang back with the brutes!” Yes, it sounds over-the-top but this is serious stuff, there is nothing more serious than the salvation of souls. My heart will give me no rest knowing that there are people out there who do not yet know the Lord Jesus Christ. I truly do love my neighbor as myself, or at least I do as much as I am able, and every day I am learning to do it more and more. The one thing I do care about is that those who belong to the Saviour get to know Him sooner rather than later. The sooner we get to know our Lord the sooner we can begin our Christian walk and the sooner we can start producing fruit. There is so much hate in this wretched world then if for no other reason I want to see as many come to Christ as soon as possible. And among professing Christians I see so much hatred I am appalled! Can these truly be Christians? I am continually shocked by the number of Christians who daily call me a ‘satanist’, ‘witch’, and told I am ‘not saved’ because of a difference in doctrine. And then there are those who claim to be without sin. Oh, those really kill me. Though we are saved, we will never stop sinning in this lifetime, never. The root of sin is so deep that it will never be fully excised, not in this life.
I pray that everyone who reads this article is saved, either already or that they do come to Christ. I pray that if they have been behaving in a manner unbefitting one who professes Christ, that would immediately stop; I pray that those who have been blinded by false doctrines will be enlightened to the truth… I pray that those who are deluding themselves will cease and desist immediately!
I pray, Father, that your will be done in everyone’s life and that You are Glorified in All Things.