Misusing 1 Timothy 2:4 to Support Universal Salvation

Misusing 1 Timothy 2:4 to Support Universal Salvation

“Hopeful Universalism” is becoming popular - the hope that all men will be saved by Christ, whether they accept Him in this life or not.(1)

Adherents claim that all godly people should want it. After all, God “wants all people to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4).

Misusing 1 Timothy 2:4 to Support Universal Salvation
Bible scholars throughout history have rejected Universal Salvation, but there have always been a few "hopefuls" who dismiss the plethora of Scriptures about eternal punishment and support their hopes with a few passages taken out of context.

Whether they realize it or not, they're hoping Scripture is teaching error. If we can't believe what Scripture teaches about hell, how can we believe what it teaches about heaven or anything else?

1 Timothy 2:4 doesn't simply say God wants all to be saved. It says He wants them “to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

These go hand in hand. God will not deny His holiness and justice to reward men who’ve rejected His love and grace. Nor should we hope He will.(2)
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(1) Hebrews 9:27-28Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
(2) We should pray that people will accept Christ, not hope Christ teaches lies. See What Jesus Said about Hell. And check out the archive of 1-minute devotions exposing Universal Salvation.

9 comments:

  1. These people are in trouble doublely in my mind. Rev 22:18 & 19 God warns us from adding to or subtracting from His Bible. I believe that includes taking scripture out of context or twisting it's meaning. Not Good.

    This is where fear of God comes in...He loves us dearly. Like our earthly fathers. If we did something wrong, we had a healthy fear of wrath from them. God's wrath far surpasses our earthly fathers

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    1. God's Love and mercy far surpass any humans understanding. God is healing and restorative. He is not like vengeful man. Isaiah 55 His thoughts are far above ours and His ways are not our ways. God is full of Amazing Grace. He is perfect and Unfailing Love for all. He will have all men saved And Come unto the knowledge vof the truth. For EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tounge CONFESS Jesus Christ is Lord. He is also Savior of the World, just as Scripture says.

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    2. Hi Cathy,
      All that you say is true except your statement that God will save all men.

      Our problem is when we believe that a good God is only good if He saves unrepentant men who reject Him.

      Truly, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord but if we truly believe He is Lord, we will trust His words and He says “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’" Matthew 7:21-23

      We cannot accept some of His Words and deny others. His desire is to save all and He is willing to save all, but only those who accept Him in this life will be saved. He says so.

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  2. Matt 7 is such a great chapter to answer this. Earlier, you can also read..
    “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
    Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 NKJV
    https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.7.13-14.NKJV

    It also warn of false profits (talk about a Freudian slip!). False prophets! You can find a bunch on tv but they are in churches too smiling big, hawking their wares, and twisting Gods words so slyly. Only cause people today don't want to hear the complete truth of God. I've have friends sit across fr me sat that they didn't believe Jesus would be against homosexuality or people living together unmarried if he were alive today. I remind them 1) he is alive, & 2 the bible is the living word of God, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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    1. Love your "false profits" slip : )
      More true than many realize, isn't it?

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  3. I suffer from fibrofog. It affects me more in speaking than in writing. But every now and then a word catches me, and that was one. I wondered at the moment if it was me or God.

    I also don't believe many of the people going to those churches/pastors, either don't care, or want to be bothered by the truth. They are the ones who don't believe God would care about who a person loves or sleeping without the benefit of marriage. I heard some honest pastors on TV last night that we always pay attn. to the story of Noah being obedient. But we don't look at was going on to cause the need for Noah to be called out like that. It is the same things that are going on now. So the argument that God and/or Jesus surely would change based on our times is voided right there. He gave us laws to keep us healthy and happy here and for eternity. I certainly can wait the short time I'm here to do my for Him, and obey His mandates, to spend all eternity with Him. PLus I'll get to meet you, Gail! I think you will have lots of people around you from your ministry. It will be neat to see the people you have made eternal differences in their lives, and the rest of us who forward or post your messages. Thank you for the work you do!

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    1. You are so sweet! I look forward to meeting you in heaven as well. We'll have an eternity to talk about our wonderful Lord!

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  4. One of my fav verses is the one that says ever head will bow, above and below. I picture the miles and miles of those who love as well as haters bowing to Jesus giving Him the praise He is long over do. What a day that will be. Just put me in a tree to see. Hope OUR tears have been taken away by then. I'd cry for Joy with praise and sadness watching haters knowing their final resting place. BUT GOD...

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