Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sadgrove & Wright: universal salvation?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    Feast of the Conversion of Paul
    [Jesus:] “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
    —Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
    Any theory which asserts universal salvation in Christ must involve not only the potential notion of “anonymous faith” but also some doctrine of a future state in which those whose religion has not made them “anonymous Christians”, and those who have professed and lived by no faith at all (a category often conveniently ignored in this context), are presented over and over again with the chance of faith in Christ. Such a theory is not only without scriptural warrant; it cuts clean across all that Scripture teaches about the historical nature of Christianity. Those who are saved at the last are those who are genuinely in Christ in this life.
    ... Michael Sadgrove (b. 1950) & N. T. Wright (b. 1948), “Jesus Christ the Only Saviour”, in The Lord Christ, John Stott, ed., vol. 1 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 78 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, only by grace can I be saved.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must consider this fact: God must either save everyone OR condemn 95% of all humanity to eternal torment. There is no in between. Traditional teaching says that the vast majority of mankind will go to the lake of fire because the vast majority of mankind does not profess Jesus. On the other hand, verses like "Jesus...who is the Savior of ALL men, especially of those who believe" clearly suggest universal redemption if we don't get into "Well, what that verse is really trying to say is..." God is either totally victorious over sin or He has failed to save the vast majority of His creation.

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