By Gary Amirault
Having visited literally hundreds of different Churches of dozens of different denominations (and studied about many more), I’ve come to a startling conclusion: almost without exception, organized Christian or quasi-Christian churches love gods who fail. Even moreso, these denominations will actually ban together to stand against those who believe in a God that will not fail.
Most of those who call themselves Christians do not realize that there are major differences between various denominations. For example Presbyterian and Reformed Churches teach election, that is, God purposed from the foundation of the world that a small exclusive “elect” was chosen by God for heaven while the rest of mankind was chosen for eternal damnation in a place called Hell. Most of the other thousands of denominations of Christianity teach that God loves all mankind, desires to save all mankind, but that most of mankind will be lost to the same place Calvinists/Reformed believe most of mankind believe in — Hell — a place in which human beings will be tortured in ways which make water boarding and the Iron Maiden seem like kids toys. Arminians truly believe God WANTS to save all, He DESIRES to save all, but He can’t. He just can’t muster up enough love and power to overcome man’s “free will,” or sin or Satan’s power to deceive and hold onto human beings.
Some denominations present a more merciful God. Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, World Wide Church of God and a few other small denominations often considered cults by Evangelicals, teach that God is kind of like an eternal Hitler — God doesn’t have a place in which people are kept alive to be eternally to be tortured. No, this version of God simply annihilated his enemies, burns them up like Hitler is claimed to have done with his.
While all of the above denominations who really have quite different views amongst each other will generally not fellowship with each other preferring their own buildings, their own seminaries and bible colleges, their own separate leadership, etc., they all have this in common with each other — each and every one has a god who is an utter failure. Furthermore, all these denominations will join hands to declare opposition to those they really consider their enemies — those who believe God is NOT a failure for anyone. Those who believe in universalism, that is, that Jesus Christ is indeed the Savior of all mankind, that all human beings will be ultimately restored back to God the Father through Jesus Christ death on the Cross, they are considered enemies of the worst kind. The utmost of heretics, according to those who believe in gods who fail, are universalists, those who believe in universal salvation, universal restoration, ultimate reconciliation, doctrine of inclusion, Victorious Gospel, Glorious Gospel, Greater Faith, Larger Hope — yes, believers is a Christ that will truly “restore all things” (Acts 3:21) are to be despised, shunned, ridiculed and excluded from fellowship. In times past, the “majority” often killed those who truly believed and tried to live out “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Many Anabaptists believed in universal salvation. This belief cost many of them their lives? And who was it that killed them for their beliefs? Muslims? Buddhists? Hindus? Jews? No, it was Christians who believed in a god who would utterly fail in His mission to save the world.
Leading Christian apologetic sites such as CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry), Christian Research, Apologetics Index, Tektonics.org, Reasons to Believe, leestrobel.com, Christian Answers Network, Answers in Genesis and many other, all inform us that the gods of traditional Christianity are utter failures. THAT is what makes them “orthodox,” and “traditional.” To believe that God desires and WILL save all mankind as Paul has made clear in his writings is blasphemy, heresy of the highest order.
So then, if the reader believes in a god who loses at least one sheep, you are in the fold that believes in a god Who fails to miss His mark. What is God’s mark, you might ask?
“So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11, NKJV)
“Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?” (Isaiah 50:2, NKJV)
This hand of God, this Word, what was it sent to accomplish?What was the mark Jesus came to hit?
“God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that THE WORLD through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
“Who comes down from heaven an gives life to THE WORLD.” (John 6:33)
“The Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to SAVE THEM.” (Luke 9:56)
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw (literally drag in Greek) ALL MANKIND to Myself.” (John 12:32)
“As as you have given Him authority over ALL FLESH, that He should give eternal life (zoen aionion) to as many as you have given Him. (John 17:2)
So the question is, how many did the Father give Jesus?
“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. (John 3:35)
I can fill many pages with scriptures proving that God will accomplish ALL that He wills and all that He desires, “there is none that can stay His Hands.”
The mark set for Jesus, the word made flesh, the Arm of the Lord, is very clear: “to reconcile all things back to His Father.” (Col. 1:16-20) If Jesus were to lose a single soul, a single sheep, He will become a sinner, He would have missed His mark, His calling to be the “Savior of the world.” (John 4:42, 1 John 4:14)
Isn’t it strange that most of us, especially those of us living in Democratic societies, like to be in the majority? The “majority” view in Christianity is that Jesus will fail in His mission to become the “Savior of the world.” Dear Christian, you may feel comfortable being in the majority regarding the teaching of Hell, but the majority in the Bible WAS ALWAYS WRONG! It was always a small remnant that God relied upon.
So how long will you go on with the majority calling Jesus a sinner, one who will miss the mark of His calling? How long will you continue to perpetuate Satan’s greatest lie against God? That most of mankind is going to be eternally estranged from their heavenly Father? How long?