If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person
Why Everyone Will Be in Heaven
Two pastors present their controversial belief in eternal salvation for all through God's perfect grace. Long disturbed by the church's struggle between offering both love and rejection, they discover what God wants from us and for us: grace for everyone.
This, however, is a pick-and-choose theology that is illogical, poorly argued, and based on the simple belief that "God whispered to" the author and told him something, and now everything else needs to fit. By just over halfway through the book, he's completed jumped the shark by ditching Jesus as the means of salvation, his divinity, while continuin ...more
The authors do a good job of answering dissenting questions that popped into my head as I read, but I'm not completely convinced of every point in their theology. Salvation for all is a concept I've been wrestling with for awhile now, and while this helps me to concur with the authors on many points, I will have to be content to only hope this is true and not ...more
I read this book with an open mind. I'm convinced that the concept of God sending people to an eternity of torment; and the fact that the majority of earth's people don't made the standard (whether by choice, ignorance, or culture) to escape this torture is the single most flawed belief in Christianity. So I understand the Universalist's mindset, and was hoping to read an honest and biblical approach to their beliefs.
But this book should even make Universalist ...more
This book is full of new ways to define and conceptualize commonly misunderstood ideas:
- Salvation means being freed from every obstacle to intimacy with God
- Justice is the end or purpose of salvation, not the means of salvation. Justice does not mean wrath
- Grace is the means by which we work toward justice as the end. In this context, Romans 6:1-2 would say that grace doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want with no consequences, but grace allows us to seek God’s justice as an end and to work ...more
I've struggled with "How can a loving God allow anyone to go to hell - an eternal place of torment? I wouldn't do that to my children. Even if they rejected me. Why would God make someone go to hell because they reject Him?" "I love you but if you don't choose Me, 'POOF' to you. You can go to hell!" Yah, that sounds like love - NOT!!
That would be conditional, wouldn't it?
I'm looking forward to what the authors have to say furthe ...more
Reading two of Mr. Gulley’s other books did not prepare me for the reading of this one. The writer who, with a fellow pastor in this work, so eloquently speaks of the trials of a pastor in a small town has depth and the courage to call others to like places. When one reads this book one is confronted with God’s Grace as extravagant, unbiased, unearned and universal. Having become a disciple of God in an Evangelical tradition, ...more
Anyway, these guys believe ...more
Regarding the 'Hitler argument' they state: "Ironically, Hitler's desire to purge humanity of those he thought impure and deficient is the extreme manifestation of what many religions affirm - that some people ultimately dese ...more
Try it, You'll like it!
This book is not your typical religious book. It is about the all loving God for all the people of the world. Love and grace are the key components to this view of God. It is a book to build you up not one to point out your flaws. I find this view both refreshing and spiritually fulfi ...more
"Can a Christian believe God will save everyone?
Obviously, if a Christian must believe the Bible is the 'infallible words of God,' the answer is no. There are too many verses about judgment, hell, and the eternal punishment of the wicked to make such optimism reasonable. If you are unwilling to question the Bible, neither my experiences nor my arguments will carry much weight."
"I believe Jesus had a special relationship with God and an imp ...more
This book makes the most sense if you truly have forgiveness in your heart. I forgive because I am forgiven! These words ring true....God will save everyone. I am a believer. This book can change your life if you'll let it. Read this book prayerfully. The authors use scripture to back up everything. Very eye opening.
I give this book of love 5 stars!
But these are the kinds of Christians I want in the world.
He hosts "Porch Talk with Phil Gulley" on the Indiana PBS affiliate WFYI television's flagship show Across I ...more
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"I do not know where we will sit at the final banquet, but I suspect who will sit beside us - on our right will sit the person whom we have harmed the most. On our left will sit the person who has done the greatest evil to us. We will be seated between grace received and grace required".”