Why Hoping All Men Will Be Saved is A Sign of Unbelief

Only Christians will be savedUniversal Salvation(1) – the belief that Christ will save all men regardless of their beliefs - is a hot topic lately.

This is largely due to the popularity of The Shack.(2) 

As Christians, it should be our heart's desire to share Christ so men and women can come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

But hoping God will save unrepentant men who reject Christ means hoping God is lying about salvation in His Word. We should never hope for that (Titus 1:1-3).

If we can't trust what God says about hell, how can we trust what He says about heaven or anything else?(3)

When confronted with clear Biblical principles, I sometimes hear Christians say, "Well that depends on how you interpret Scripture."

Christians interpret a number of non-essential doctrines differently.  But we agree on the essential doctrines of faith in Christ which are clearly presented in Scripture, and hell is one of those doctrines.



(1) Universal Salvation is different from Universalism. Universalism teaches that many paths lead to God. Universal Salvation teaches that through Christ all men will be saved whether they repent and turn to Him or not. 

(2) The current popularity of Universal Salvation has been fueled by The Shack’s message that God forgives all men and saves all men regardless of their beliefs. Please see:

5 Errors About God in "The Shack"

5 Errors About Salvation in "The Shack"

(3)  Former mega pastor Rob Bell suggested in his 2011 book Love Wins that it was "fitting and proper" for Christians to long for Universal Salvation. It should be no surprise that Bell no longer sees the Bible as God's Word (Source).  

Please do the short Bible study on this devotion on Bite Size Bible Study.


  1. Hi Gail, I always love coming over here and reading your posts because they are practical and informative.
    God bless

  2. Gail I have been so blessed each day with Bible love notes it's a wonderful witnessing tool because it's quick and easy as attention spans may very among nonbelievers and most important packed with truth

    The Holy Spirit often moves me to pray for you I can imagine the oppression and persecution you may sometimes endure

    May the Lord continue to bless your ministry

    1. Dear Lisa, thank you so much for your prayers. It means so much to me to have readers pray for me. Yes, this is not a popular subject and I've had negative feedback, but it's precious to hear from people like you. Thanks.


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