Are Evangelicals Losing the Argument of the Cross?

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IN a disturbing new finding, it has been found that many born-again Christians have universalist ideas when it comes to the question of salvation.

This has been revealed in a new Barna analysis of trend data.

According to the analysis, 25 percent of born-again Christians said all people are eventually saved or accepted by God. A similar proportion, 26 percent, said a person’s religion does not matter because all faiths teach the same lessons.

And an even higher proportion, 40 percent, of born-again Christians said they believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

via Survey finds many born-again Christians hold universalist ideas | The Christian Messenger.

This is my argument against universalism – it takes away the central place of the Cross of Christ. If every religion is the same, if everyone is a-okay… then the Cross of Christ is not needed.

Although I note that ‘born-again’ is a phrase of separation, but I digress…

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6 Replies to “Are Evangelicals Losing the Argument of the Cross?”

  1. Both.

    There is judgment on the earth in this life for our sins (we see many examples of this in the Bible, and that sort of judgment is still at work today). There is also a final judgment awaiting us in heaven so that there is a full accounting for all we have thought, said, and done here. And there is love throughout in that everyone will be in heaven to judged in this way. Some people think of heaven as a place of undifferentiated experiences but Jesus said that many who are first in this world will be last there, and vice versa. Thus, love lands us in heaven and judgment determines where in heaven love lands us.

    You are right that historically universalism has, in effect, denigrated the work of Christ by essentially saying it doesn’t matter – that everyone is okay and God’s just going to be chummy about the whole thing. The reality is that apart from the work of Christ none of us would be going to heaven. That God made the cross of Christ efficacious for all should surprise no one except for those who want to feel they’ve gotten in my some means other than God’s grace.

    1. Besides the point of ‘going to heaven’ (which no one really does), I have to further argue against the idea of the ‘final judgment’ for everyone (regardless of the location).

  2. If you believe that no one goes to heaven, what do you believe happens to us at death?

    Why do you oppose the idea of a final judgment for each human being’s life?

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