I just received in the mail a copy of Thomas Whittemore’s “The Plain Guide to Universalism.” I purchased it for one reason, the subtitle:
“Designed to inquirers to the belief of that doctrine, and believers to the practice of it.”
I was sold. The Apostle Paul said the Grace of God that brings salvation teaches that we should live… Titus 2. Grace trains us in the art of right living.
Truth is relational. Truth that doesn’t lead to action is useless. The teaching of God’s grace is the most wonderful message in human history, that means the corresponding life-style we are encouraged to translate into shoe-leather is also a thing of wonder.
“Who are Universalists?” asks Whittemore. He answers,
“A Universalist is one who believes in a God of infinite wisdom, and unbounded love and goodness, — who believes that Jesus Christ is his Son, and the Saviour of the world, — who believes in the record which God has given of his Son, — who believes that God will overcome all evil with goodness,and who labors to overcome evil himself, in the same
way, — who loves, God supremely, and his neighbors with brotherly affection, as he is required to do. He does unto others as he would that others should do unto nt under suffering, — comforted under affliction, — undismayed under the prospect of death,-— and filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory, in believing that all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God, — that the whole creation will be delivered from the bondage of corruption and translated into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Who could possibly argue with that? If this be heresy, let us make the most of it!
Live well beloved, Christ is worth it.