the growing influence of universalism in America

3 07 2008

Do you know what universalism is?  It’s the belief that “all roads lead to God”.  This philosophy / “religion” is spreading through America these days, and sadly, this worldview has even infiltrated the evangelical church, up to 57 percent according to a study by the Pew Forum.  (I find that number hard to believe, but if so, then it’s worse than I thought.)  A lot of people are jumping on this bandwagon because it isn’t offensive to the general population.  It goes with the big buzzwords of our time, like “tolerance” and being “politically correct”, because you are saying everyone’s beliefs and/or “religion” are right.

There are some big advocates of this, like Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.  I know Obama claims to be a Christian, and he supposedly attended church for some 20 years (though not really knowing what the pastor taught), but he has made statements like this:

“I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” ~ Barack Obama

Friends, that is NOT Christianity.  I know, a lot of people say it works with Christianity, because you’re not excluding it.  But to be a Christian, you have to accept Jesus (and His covenant) for who He is.  If you call Him a liar for some of the things He said, then He would not be the perfect sacrifice that paid for our sins, and He wouldn’t be the Son of God like He claimed.  And so Christianity would be based on something that wasn’t true.   But to be a Christian, you have to believe the Bible is the Truth and that Jesus is who He claimed to be.  That’s the foundation of Christianity, and if you don’t accept that, you’re not a Christian.  Of course, you’re free to believe whatever you want, but you shouldn’t call yourself something you’re not.

I can see why universalism is appealing to people who don’t already know the Truth.  In addition to it being inoffensive, it’s also easy.  Listen to how Tim Wildmon explains it:

“What is appealing about universalism to modern-day Americans is that it is intentionally ambiguous and doesn’t require any measurable commitment by the individual. One doesn’t have to agree with any creed, you don’t have to go to church, you don’t have to abide by any particular code of conduct, and there is no objective standard for defining right or wrong or good and evil. It is all up to the individual and how he or she feels.” ~ Tim Wildmon

You can read more of his take on universalism here: Universalism — the end of Christian influence.

Again, you’re free to believe whatever you want.  You have that right.  But you will have to give an account of your life before God someday, and you will be judged according to His standards, not ours.  To be saved and enter His kingdom, you have to do things according to His terms, not whatever you feel is right.  Of course it sounds great to think you can do whatever you want and that God will let you in if you consider yourself a “good” person, but that’s not the way God looks at it, and in the end, it’s His decision that matters.  So you should think long and hard about this, if you aren’t living according to God’s covenant He made with us.

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