Archive for July 2019

“Lost” Indicates Ownership

July 24, 2019

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Nothing can be lost that is not first owned. Just as a parent is compelled by civil law to be responsible for his family and his property, so the Creator – by His own divine law – is compelled to take care of the children He has created. And that means not only caring for the good children, but for the bad ones and lost ones as well. So the word “lost” came to be for Mrs. [Hannah Whitall] Smith a term of greatest comfort. If a person is a “lost sinner” it means only that he is temporarily separated from the Good Shepherd Who owns him. The Shepherd is bound by all duties of ownership to go after all those who are lost until they are found.

Catherine Marshall (1915-1983)
Beyond Ourselves
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The Conclusion Is Inclusion

July 22, 2019

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Inclusion is the first component of the good news …

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22). …

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:19).

This is the good news that will overcome evil. This is the truth that empowers me to love my neighbor and my enemies. This is the message that releases from judging and excluding others. With this powerful word settled in my heart I can trust God in every circumstance. I can believe the best for everybody. I don’t have to hide from God anymore. …

As we realize how simple and fulfilling it is to experience the good news in our own lives, it will greatly alter our motivations for relating to others. We can love and accept people for who they are free of a pressure-producing agenda to get them to convert to our way of thinking and adopt our ways. God loved and gave. That’s the only motive we are to have – love and give ourselves to others. …

It is time for us to be mature enough to give up unsecure worries that God might abandon and leave some of us behind. Let’s appreciate as never before all that Christ accomplished via His life, crucifixion and resurrection. Let’s believe Jesus’ assurances that He came to seek and save what was lost – all of it! Let’s believe that God’s heart for us is conciliatory, not retributional. Because of His indescribable and unsurpassed love, God has no need to deal with us from a human perspective, as our sins deserve. He has too grand a vision of redeemed humanity to get sidetracked into petty, punitive vengeance. His love will not fail.

Steven L. Rogers
Quit “Going” to Church … and Other Musings of a Former Institutional Man, pages 146-150
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The Salvation Already Accomplished

July 2, 2019

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I came to appreciate that God created all humans in His image, with the destiny of being united to Him. God commits Himself to bring the cosmos to the destiny for which He created it. Thus, although we all have sinned … He loves us and desires to save us from sin and its consequences. Indeed, in Christ God has done precisely that. … In his death and resurrection, the salvation of all humanity is achieved. … God is now at work drawing people into the salvation already accomplished in Christ.

Robin Parry
Author of The Evangelical Universalist, under the pseudonym Gregory MacDonald
(In an interview with Tony Golsby-Smith)
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God Is Responsible for Satan

July 1, 2019

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Did you know that God created Satan as an evil creature? Christianity’s teaching of the so-called “fall” of “Lucifer” is not to be found anywhere in the Hebrew or Greek Scriptures.

From the beginning is the Adversary sinning (I John 3:8).

His hand formed the crooked serpent (Job 26:13).

I create evil (Isaiah 45:7).

I have created the waster to destroy (Isaiah 54:16).

God is absolutely in charge of His universe – including evil – even Satan. In fact, Satan is one of God’s great servants in this “evil age.” Thus, God always has been in charge; He always will be in charge.

One day, God will – through Christ – “reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in Earth, or things in Heaven” (Colossians 1:20). This reconciliation of God’s Universe to Himself certainly includes this creature who is now employed as the Adversary.

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on Earth; even in Him (Ephesians 1:10).

For further study on this subject consider the following books:

The Creation of Evil, Sin and Satan
The Problem of Evil and The Judgments of God

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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