How serious of a heresy is Universalism?

Leland from Virginia asked: How serious of a heresy is Christian Universalism?

Well, Leland, It's a huge problem. I’ll begin by stating that it's an oxymoron to put the terms “Christian” and “Universalism” together. One is heresy and one is the truth.

Here are some references to consider:

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12: ESV)

That's the gospel. That's the message that we share with our friends, neighbors, and world. 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1 ESV)

How can I know that I’m not condemned today?  Is it because I'm a good person? Or because I'm sincere in what I believe? Will God give me credit for following a false god, because at least I'm trying?

No. Romans 8:1 says:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 ESV)

Universalism is a heresy that's been around for centuries and will continue to spread. Why? Because the message of Universalism is that everybody makes it to heaven. The problem is that God’s Word, while teaching that heaven is real, also teaches that hell is real. Both are realities. Universalism is a dangerous heresy because it leads millions to hell while giving them the false hope of heaven. 

Salvation is something we need to be precise about, and follow God’s Word exactly. If you get it wrong, you go to hell. If you get it right, you go to heaven.

Thanks for your question, Leland,



Add a Comment

How to use this page:

Here at Wisdom International, we believe that the Bible is God's Word. Therefore, it carries the authority of God himself and is the final authority by which we order our lives. 

Sometimes the Bible can be confusing and difficult to understand. But God desires to be known. Scripture answers the big questions of life and should seek to know and understand what it says. 

This section of our website contains Stephen Davey's articles and his ever-growing archive of answers to questions from people like you. If you have a Bible question and are seeking an answer from the Bible, use our contact form to submit your question for Stephen. 

If you have questions, the Bible has answers and we want to help you! Ask Stephen your question here

You can browse this section to read Stephen's previous answers and read all of his previous posts. To search and see if your question has already been answered, click on the search icon above.