Will Everyone Be Saved?

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Rick Wade — In the spring of 2011, Pastor Rob Bell's book Love Wins hit the book stores, but the furor over the book started even before that. The charge was heresy. Bell appeared to be teaching Universalism, the belief that everyone will be saved in the end. In fact, Bell doesn't make a case for Universalism in the book, although his rejection of the traditional view of hell makes it seem so at first.

This will not be a review of Love Wins but rather a look at Universalism itself. It won't do to simply label Universalism as heresy and be done with it. The way people responded to Bell's book illustrates the problem. It's better to understand why this teaching has been and should be rejected.

It is important to try to represent others' views fairly. This article, which is what aired on Probe's radio program, is too short to do Universalism justice; there is way too much involved in it.  Here I'll confine myself to introducing some of the important issues involved. However, a longer article has been posted on Probe's web site to fill out the issue some more.

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"Universalism is a very inviting belief. Wouldn't it be great if everyone were ultimately saved? Sad to say, a sentimental image of God's love combined with an inclusive spirit have set a lot of Christians up to believe this. In this article I offer a biblical and theological response."

Rick is a Research Associate for Probe. He has a B.A. in communications from Moody Bible Institute, an M.A. in Christian Thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Master of Humanities from the University of Dallas. Rick's interests focus on apologetics, Christianity and culture, and the changing currents in Western thought.

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