Those of us who love Jesus Christ through redemption by His shed blood, and also love His Holy Word the Bible are well aware of the incursions the enemy has made into the visible church through the false teaching of universalism. We reject the heresy of the heretics C. S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Mother Teresa and others, but we must be aware this destructive false teaching can even find a hiding place in our hearts and minds if we are not careful. What do I mean by that? Let me first share some verses that pointedly reveal the final destination of any and all who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, both heretics and unbelievers.
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness the will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 2 Peter 2:1-3
14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude 1:14-15
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in that day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:5-11
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they were also appointed. 1 Peter 2:7-8
12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. Romans 2:12-16
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; 6 since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, 7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power; 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10
These multiple passages declare without equivocation that God judges by eternal damnation in fiery hell all who do not know Him and do not believe or obey the gospel. Why else do we think it is so important that we share the gospel with everyone; so they can be delivered from sin and God’s just eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire. If an individual consistently gives a testimony that contradicts what God our Father has clearly declared in His Word about the way of righteousness and faith in His Son Jesus Christ, then we can without a doubt know upon death that person is in hell. If there is no evidence of repentance and faith in Christ then that person is in hell and we don’t have to be concerned about so-called death bed salvation. The only instance that we see of a near death conversion is the repentance and faith of the thief who hung upon the cross next to Jesus. He turned from verbally attacking our Savior during His agony to faith in Him because of God’s gracious work. Lest any think this gives us leeway to say those who have been the enemies of the Lord and His glorious Word are somehow converted before death, notice that the thief gave testimony of his faith. We must follow the truth of God’s Word and not the vain imaginings of the wicked hearts of fallen men. Let us throw off this tacit universalism that infects even the true children of Christ and let us agree with what the Scriptures say about all those who deny the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints! The saints, praise God! The enemies of God will spend eternity in hell because they are not His saints!
44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing. Matthew 27:44
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:39-41
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3