UNIVERSAL RESTORATIONISM, more commonly called "Universalism, is the belief that in the end all sentient beings will be holy and happy. This teaching, often referred to as the "Wider Hope" has had many proponents throught the ages.
In fact there are those who argue that it was the prevailing viewpoint of the Church for its first 500 years. Whether true or not, it is certain that many have held the view down through the ages, and today there is a growing resergence of the teaching among conservative bible believing evangelicals. Although no organized denomination of evangelical universalists exists today we may be found sprinkled throughout the various evangelical denominations.
Proponents of the "Wider Hope" theology, also called "Universalists" or "Universal Restorationists", included Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Marcellus of Ancyra, Titus of Bostra, Gregory Nazianzen, Evagrius, Didymus, Diodorus of Tarsus, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Fabius Manus Victorinus, Gregory of Nyssa, the Anabaptists of Germany, and Many English clergy and philosophers such as Dr. David Hartley, who wrote the "Observations on Man," Bishop Thomas Newton, Sir George Stonehouse, John Henderson, James Brown, D.D., Rev. R. Barbauld, and Rev. John Brown. English Libertarians, Rev. Theophilus Lindsey, Rev. Joseph Priestly, L.L.D., Rev. John Simpson, and Rev. Messrs. Kenrick, Wright, Estlin, Belsham, Carpenter, Aspland, Grundy, Scott, and Fox Harris were all universalists. James Relly began to preach Universalism in the city of London about 1750 followed by Rev. John Murray in America in 1770. Adolph E. Knoch AND and Charles Barclay were also universalists.
It is evangelical or biblical universalism that we promote and defended on this website and not the liberal anti-biblical form such as that associated with the unitarian universalists.
Contrary to false charges from our critiques we do not teach that God forgives sin without the blood of Christ. We insist that only through faith in Christ may any be saved. We do not deny that there will be many who must first suffer the pains of hell before they ascent to heaven. we simply deny that hell is of endless duration and that there is no possibility for repentace and receiving Christ for the lost in hell.
Contrary to critical opinion, we hold to the plenary, verbal inspiration of Scripture. We teach that the Bible alone is the standard for all faith and practice.
On this page you will find links to various subjects related to evangelical universalism.
DEATH OF DEATH
PROBLEM OF EVIL
HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE DOCTRINE
UNIUVERSALIST THOUGHT THROUGH CHURCH HISTORY
ETERNAL TORMENT REFUTED
OF ENDLESS TORMENT DOCTRINE
OF ENDLESS TORMENT NOT TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE
ARGUMENTS FROM SCRIPTURE
PROOFS OF UNIVERSALSALVATION
EVIDENCE OF UNIVERSALISM
IS NOT IN THE BIBLE?
UNIVERSALIST CREEDS AND THEOLOGY
UNIVERSALISM TRUE BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
IS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSALISM
GUIDE TO UNIVERSALISM
SECOND DEATH AND THE RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS
AM A CONVINCED UNIVERSALIST
MAN A FREE MORAL AGENT?
REBUTTLE, EXPOSITION AND EXPLANATION OF UNIVERSALISM
MUNDI: OR IS CHRIST THE SAVIOR OF ALL MEN?
AND THE BIBLE: The Really Good News
of John Murray's The Necessity of the Atonement