Search Results for universalism

Ten birthday candles: E2R’s most inflammatory articles

January 29, 2020 // 36 Comments

Escape to Reality is turning ten next week! To mark the occasion I could list the ten most popular articles, but that would be boring. I’d rather list the ten most inflammatory articles, the ones that lit a fire and got people talking. Think of these as ten candles atop the cake of nostalgia. 10. The [...]

Every Knee Shall Bow: Was Paul a Universalist?

June 21, 2018 // 19 Comments

Here’s a verse to fire the imagination: It is written: “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “Every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.” (Rom. 14:11) What picture comes to your mind when you read these words? Some see this verse as pointing to universal salvation. “Everyone who [...]

Inclusionism

December 28, 2016 // 4 Comments

The doctrine of inclusion teaches that humanity was “included” in Christ’s death and resurrection. Humanity ascended with Christ and is now seated with him in heavenly places. Those who teach inclusionism adopt the language of grace, but their message is a perversion of the gospel. Inclusionism presents a [...]

Michael Brown and his grace controversy

May 4, 2016 // 139 Comments

The hyper-grace gospel that Jesus revealed declares that God loves you with an unconditional love. His grace for you is, to quote the apostle Paul, hyper- or super-abounding (Rom 5:20). The gospel of God’s grace is the good news that this world needs to hear, but according to some this message is controversial, [...]

The Hyper-Grace Quiz

August 13, 2014 // 101 Comments

In the past few months, there has been an aggressive backlash against the gospel of grace. This backlash has been seen in the Christian media, social media, and in the publication of books by respected Bible teachers. I have come across articles with titles like “Confronting the error of hyper-grace,” “The [...]

Conversations about Hell

August 1, 2014 // 129 Comments

[The following are extracts from conversations I’ve had in the past month.] Paul, you’re opposed to inclusionism and you’re skeptical about universalism. Why do you want to condemn people to hell? Me: Huh? I’ve come to embrace inclusionism (or universalism) because I cannot conceive of a good God [...]

What happens to babies who die?

July 24, 2014 // 153 Comments

What do you say to the parents of a deceased baby? What would you say to the families of the 80 children who died on flight MH17 last week? I’m not sure what you should say but I know what you shouldn’t say. Don’t ever tell them their children are in hell. “Paul, I would never say such an awful thing.” [...]

‘The Hyper-Grace Gospel’ – out today!

April 8, 2014 // 43 Comments

I wrote my latest book by accident. It’s called The Hyper-Grace Gospel and it’s out today. You can find it on Amazon. My new book has an interesting back-story. After reading Michael Brown’s recent book opposing the “modern grace message,” I decided to jot down a few notes for E2R readers. In his book [...]

First Adam vs Last Adam

September 19, 2013 // 192 Comments

Universalism and inclusionism are twin towers built on the same foundation, which is this: When Adam fell, he took all of us with him. We had no choice in the matter. If Jesus only saves those who meet certain conditions – those who repent, believe, etc. – then first Adam is greater than last Adam. Since that [...]

Grace is inclusive but inclusionism is not grace

August 22, 2013 // 160 Comments

One of these claims is not like the others. See if you can spot the difference… “Believe and be saved” ~Jesus (Mk 16:16, Luk 8:12) “Believe and be saved” ~Paul (Acts 16:31, Rom 10:9) “You are saved. Believe it.” ~Inclusionism Do you know the difference between the gospel of grace and the doctrine of [...]

“The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning

July 21, 2012 // 20 Comments

Several years ago I attended an Easter Service where communion was to be served. Prior to distributing the cup and the bread a lady got up and read from Brennan Manning’s book The Ragamuffin Gospel. She read the part where Manning describes how Jesus overturned the customs of the day by dining with anyone who [...]

Is Adam greater than Jesus?

April 2, 2012 // 38 Comments

“Are you saying that Adam is greater than Jesus?” This is a comment I often hear from those who preach universal salvation. It usually comes at the end of a conversation like this: Me: Jesus died and rose again so that we might have new life, His life. Repent and believe the good news! They: No, everyone is [...]