As a Christian writer, I get many emails from all over the world. Most of these are words of encouragement and sometimes I’m asked questions. I am not a theologian – we shall leave that to the men who pastor their churches and those who have Sound Biblical ministries which impact the church for Christ. […]
via Christian Universalism and Other Heresies Taught in Our Churches — Absolute Truth from the Word of God
I made a lengthy comment at the original post link above, but I will briefly allude to some of it. In Revelation Messiah Yeshua took 7 assemblies of believers (called out ones) to task so to speak, i.e. He told them His grading of them giving them a report card as the Head(Master) of the body. Most today use a dispensationalist approach to interpret scripture – and that (dispensationalism) is heresy in my book. I say that because adherents assign various ages to a label / category that tends to relegate important teachings on subjects to be applicable to other ages / dispensations than their own.
Universalism is nothing new, neither is annihilationism, if you study the first few centuries after Yeshua’s ascension. There were Manichaens, Arians, Valentiians, other forms of gnosticism, blending of paganism with “Christianity”, and Pelagianism. Of the list above, the only one I see as having truly spiritual growth motivations in mind, was Pelagius – even his opponents gave him credit for his devotion to the faith, high moral character, and intellectual acuity.
At any rate as I pointed out in my aforementioned comment, the “church” today is not Laodicean / Laodikean, or Pergamosian, or Thyatitian, etc but the faults of all 7 assemblies are manifest today – now yes some in greater measure than others. For instance the church Ephesus was commended for much but admonished for having left (forgotten) their zeal (first love) for Yeshua and their former enthusiasm re their relationship with Him. Today that is very evident also. Laodicea was told they were lukewarm, worthy only of being vomited out of His mouth so to speak. Thyatirea was told they tolerated some sin, especially the spirit of Jezebel, who seduced some of them into sexual and other reprehensible sin. Pergamos was upbraided for tolerating people who professed but were not members of His body, but rather were members of the synagogue of Satan. That too is prominent in more than one manifest way, today.