Satan wants the destruction of all people. Satan wants people to die in their sins and go to Hell. He is utter hatred and complete evil. But, he is also extremely cunning with an intelligence that is vast, and it may just be that Universalism will become a tool of the Devil in the last days. How? By teaching that people can trust in Christ in the afterlife, a second chance after death.
Now, am I calling Universalists satanists? Not at all. Many of them are very godly people and serve the true God. But, whether Universalists admit it or not, the doctrine has the potential of negating the need to come to Christ in this life because it teaches you can do it in the next--as they have claimed.
In Universalism, as well as most any doctrine, Satan can work various false teachings through its adherents. No doctrine is immune to being twisted. But, many Universalists deny the Trinity, and the deity of Christ yet draws people in via Universalist philosophy. This is dangerous. All the cults teach a false god and are false because of it. But in Universalist theology, it really doesn't matter. Why? Because according to Universalism, in the afterlife, people will come to a true knowledge of God and repent and be saved. So, even if they are wrong now, they will be right later. So, the need to preach and teach the true God (Trinitarian) is greatly reduced. Again, this is dangerous.
Satan says, "Don't worry about receiving Jesus now. You can do that later." Then when people die, they find out it is too late. But, it is God who says,
- “At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you”; behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation," (2 Cor. 6:2, NASB)--emphasis added.
- "He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts," (Heb. 4:7, NASB)--emphasis added.
Some Universalists will take offense at this line of reasoning. I don't blame them. But, the Bible teaches that now is the time for salvation, not later. Some Universalists actually preach a God of love and forgiveness and the need to come to Christ now. That's fine as far as they preach the True Christ and Him crucified and not a false god as the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and New Age adherants do. But what about the thousands of Universalists who deny the true God and yet teach Universalism and continue to teach a false god? If Universalism is not true, then they are hindering people from coming to Christ. They are advocating a false god along with their Universalist teachings, the very Universalist teaching that appeals to people because it teaches a God of infinite love and grace.
To deny the Trinity is to deny the true God. To deny that Jesus is God in flesh is to deny the true Christ. This is incredibly dangerous because false gods do not save. Only the True and Living God saves! But then, in Universalism, it doesn't matter what you believe now. You'll "repent" later in the afterlife and come to the true knowledge of God. Sorry. But that is not what the Bible teaches.
The Bible teaches us that in the last days there will be a one-world religious system which will be used by the devil in a great deception to ultimately war against God. Universalism could easily be used by the devil to help him accomplish this very thing. You see, there are a great many differences between religious systems. They cannot all be right. Because of these differences, hostilities often arise. But, if Universalism were accepted by all religious systems, then it would logically greatly reduce hostilities--physical, intellectual, and spiritual. Sound good? It sure does. Except for one thing. It compromises the truth of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ who said that He alone is the way the truth and the life. This means that all other systems are wrong! It means that Buddhism is not true. It means that Islam is not true. It means that only Christianity is true. There is no fellowship with darkness. Christians need to stand on God's Word of truth which includes the narrow path to God of which not all will find it (Matt. 7:13-14), not man's word of "God will save everyone."
Universalist philosophy, if accepted by the world's religions, would greatly reduce the focus of differences between them. It would greatly reduce the need for orthodoxy, for defining and preaching the true God. But, the Bible teaches that Jesus alone is the Savior and that now is the acceptable time of salvation . . . not the afterlife. It teaches that there is one God, not many and that Jesus is God in flesh, not an angel or a "good man." Truth is at stake.
How many people will be deceived by Universalism's comfortable message that all will be saved? Who knows. Universalism in itself is not a deception, just an error. But, how many will take refuge in its comforting doctrine and not come to a saving truth of Jesus? I cannot say, but even one is too many.
I cannot help noticing that the secular world teaches tolerance, a be nice philosophy and the belief that all will make it to Heaven. Second chance redemption and a theology that teaches you'll make it to Heaven no matter what is comfortable to the world's ears. Too bad the Universalists agree with the world in this.