How To “Defend” The Doctrine Of A Successful Savior

The Salvation Of All – By Daniel Sheridan  #SuccessfulSavior #Bible #Love #Joy #Peace
 
The best defense of the doctrine of the salvation of all is the doctrine itself. There are those who feel their job in life is to “defend” doctrine through dispute. They tear down others, arrogantly pretend they are ordained by God to be His “champion,” and seem to take a great delight ripping into their “enemies.” I must confess, I used to feel that way myself. This manner of “defense,” however, is completely out of character with the principles of the message itself.
 
—Kittens Defending Lions
 
People who think their job is to “defend the faith” are like little kittens guarding a caged lion. In my case it dawned on my one day how dumb that was. A kitten defending a lion? So I let the lion out of the cage to defend himself. “Church Father” Origen was asked to refute the pagan Greek philosopher Celsus who used philosophy to try to discredit Christianity. He responded as follows:
 
“When false witnesses testified against our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, He remained silent, and when unfounded charges were brought against him, he returned no answer. Believing that his whole life and conduct among the Jews were a better refutation than any answer to the false testimony, or than any formal defence against the accusations. And I know not, my pious Ambrosius, why you wished me to write a reply to the false charges brought by Celsus against the Christians, and to his accusations directed against the faith of the Churches in his treatise. As if the facts themselves did not furnish a manifest refutation, and the doctrine a better answer than any writing, seeing it both disposes of the false statements, and does not leave to the accusations any credibility or validity.” Origen contra Celsum, 248 A.D.
 
The facts we proclaim are the caged lion. Don’t worry about defending it, just let it out and it will defend itself. But always remember, let us, like our Lord, adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. The combination of the glad message held by a good person are irrefutable proofs of the truths of the message. Let’s take a look at our caged lion:
 
—The Message
 
“A partial salvation is not possible, for Christ redeems, not individual men, but mankind; not human beings severally, but humanity. Christ has nothing to do with a part of our race. As the second ADAM, He sums up in Himself and saves the human race, ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.’ Christ, I repeat, in His Incarnation deals not with the units of our race, but with the race itself as the unit.”
 
“With all earnestness, I repeat that our choice lies between accepting the victory of Christ or of evil, and between these alternatives only. Escape from this dilemma there is none. It avails nothing to diminish, as many now teach, the number of the lost; or to assert that they will be finally annihilated. All such modifications leave quite untouched the central difficulty of the popular creed – the triumph of evil. Sin for ever present with its taint, even in a single instance, is sin triumphant. Sin, which God has been unable to remove (and has had no resource but to annihilate the sinner) is sin triumphant and death victorious.”
 
“To teach unending sin in hell, even in a solitary instance, and under any conceivable modification, is to teach the victory of evil. To us this seems at once a libel on God and an untruth — a libel because it imputes to God a final acquiescence in sin; an untruth, because it teaches that His Omnipotence breaks down at the very moment it is most needed, and that His Love and Purity can rest with absolute complacency, while pain and evil riot and rot forever.”
 
—Indisputable Facts
 
Now who can argue with that? What kitten needs to guard that lion? Christ is Triumphant! This doctrine is a “better answer than any writing, seeing it both disposes of the false statements” of those who oppose, “and does not leave to the accusations any credibility or validity.”
 
Jesus Christ is a Successful Savior!

Christ Triumphant!

The following are excerpts from the works of Thomas Allin:
 
A partial salvation is not possible, for Christ redeems, not individual men, but mankind; not human beings severally, but humanity. Christ has nothing to do with a part of our race. As the second ADAM, He sums up in Himself and saves the human race, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Christ, I repeat, in His Incarnation deals now with the unites of our race, but with the race itself as a unit.
 
With all earnestness, I repeat that our choice lies between accepting the victory of Christ or of evil, and between these alternatives only. Escape from this dilemma there is none. It avails nothing to diminish, as many now teach, the number of the lost; or to assert that they will be finally annihilated. All such modifications leave quite untouched the central difficulty of the popular creed – the triumph of evil. Sin for ever present with its taint, even in a single instance, is sin triumphant. Sin, which God has been unable to remove (and has had no resource but to annihilate the sinner) is sin triumphant and death victorious.
 
Few things have so hindered the spread of the larger hope as the wholly and absolutely groundless notion that it implies an inadequate sense of sin, and pictures God as a weakly indulgent Being, careless of holiness, provided the happiness of His creatures is assured. In fact, it is those who teach the popular creed (belief), and not we, who make light of sin. To teach unending sin in hell, even in a solitary instance, and under any conceivable modification, is to teach the victory of evil. To us this seems at once a libel on God and an untruth — a libel because it imputes to God a final acquiescence in sin; an untruth, because it teaches that His Omnipotence breaks down at the very moment it is most needed, and that His Love and Purity can rest with absolute complacency, while pain and evil riot and rot forever.
 
Christ is Triumphant! Jesus Christ is a Successful Savior!

What Restores The World?

The world was ruined by human selfishness. The world is being restored by selflessness – by GIVING. God is a GIVER, Christ is a GIVER, Believers are exhorted to be GIVERS. Religions present the gods as TAKERS, but the Bible reveals the True and Living God as the Great GIVER. Love is defined by Giving.

“For God so loved the world, that he GAVE… If thou knewest the GIFT of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have GIVEN thee living water… the Son of man shall GIVE unto you… my Father GIVETH you the true bread from heaven…For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and GIVETH life unto the world… the bread that I will GIVE is my flesh, which I will GIVE for the life of the world… I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd GIVETH his life for the sheep… For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who GAVE himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Thomas Cahill, in his work How the Irish Saved Civilization, made this wonderful observation. 

“The Romans are the rich and powerful who run things their way and must always accrue more because they instinctively believe that there will never be enough to go around; the catholics, as their name implies, are universalists who instinctively believe that all humanity makes one family, that every human being is an equal child of God, and that God will provide. The twenty-first century…will be spiritual or it will not be. If our civilization is to be saved – forget about civilization, which, as Patrick would say, may pass ‘in a moment like a cloud or smoke that is scattered by the wind’ – if WE are to be saved, it will not be by Romans but by Saints.” 

In that spirit, enjoy this incredible poem which will encourage us to walk in Love as Christ loves us and GIVES Himself for us as an offering and sacrifice to God. Love is defined by GIVING.

History and Christianity: The Unbroken Fresh Stream Of Divine Light

Christian history “shows at once how Christianity spreads over the world, and how it penetrates, transforms, and sanctifies the individual and all the departments and institutions of social life…

From Jesus Christ, since his manifestation in the flesh, an unbroken stream of divine light and life has been and is still flowing, and will continue to flow, in ever-growing volume through the waste of our fallen race; and all that is truly great and good and holy in the annals of church history is due, ultimately, to the impulse of his spirit. He is the fly-wheel in the world’s progress. But he works upon the world through sinful and fallible men, who, while as self-conscious and free agents they are accountable for all their actions, must still, willing or unwilling, serve the great purpose of God…

With the crucifixion of Christ his resurrection also is repeated ever anew in the history of his church on earth; and there has never yet been a day without a witness of his presence and power ordering all things according to his holy will…

The kingdom of Christ, in its principle and aim, is as comprehensive as humanity. It is truly catholic or universal, designed and adapted for all nations and ages, for all the powers of the soul, and all classes of society. It breathes into the mind, the heart, and the will a higher, supernatural life, and consecrates the family, the state, science, literature, art, and commerce to holy ends, till finally God becomes all in all…

Christianity has thus passed through many stages of its earthly life, and yet has hardly reached the period of full manhood in Christ Jesus. During this long succession of centuries it has outlived the destruction of Jerusalem, the dissolution of the Roman empire, fierce persecutions from without, and heretical corruptions from within, the barbarian invasion, the confusion of the dark ages, the papal tyranny, the shock of infidelity, the ravages of revolution, the attacks of enemies and the errors of friends, the rise and fall of proud kingdoms, empires, and republics, philosophical systems, and social organizations without number. And, behold, it still lives, and lives in greater strength and wider extent than ever; controlling the progress of civilization, and the destinies of the world; marching over the ruins of human wisdom and folly, ever forward and onward; spreading silently its heavenly blessings from generation to generation, and from country to country, to the ends of the earth. It can never die; it will never see the decrepitude of old age; but, like its divine founder, it will live in the unfading freshness of self-renewing youth and the unbroken vigor of manhood to the end of time, and will outlive time itself.

This article contains excerpts from Philip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church Volume One.

Christ: The Central Aim Of Universal History

The following words are wonderful. Philip Schaff wasn’t a universalist, but since we aren’t sectarian, we will publish anything good that magnifies our Great God and Savior even if some of the language used is, in our opinion, inaccurate. We believe that overall good articles, even though containing human inaccuracies, can profit those who hunger for God. We’d never publish anything if we waited for perfection. Enjoy!
 
The Nature of Church History – By Philip Schaff (History of the Christian Church, Volume 1)
 
History has two sides, a divine and a human. On the part of God, it is his revelation in the order of time (as the creation is his revelation in the order of space), and the successive unfolding of a plan of infinite wisdom, justice, and mercy, looking to his glory and the eternal happiness of mankind. On the part of man, history is the biography of the human race, and the gradual development, both normal and abnormal, of all its physical, intellectual, and moral forces to the final consummation…
 
The idea of universal history presupposes the Christian idea of the unity of God, and the unity and common destiny of men, and was unknown to ancient Greece and Rome. A view of history which overlooks or undervalues the divine factor starts from deism and consistently runs into atheism; while the opposite view, which overlooks the free agency of man and his moral responsibility and guilt, is essentially fatalistic and pantheistic.
 
From the human agency we may distinguish the Satanic, which enters as a third power into the history of the race. In the temptation of Adam in Paradise, the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, and at every great epoch, Satan appears as the antagonist of God, endeavoring to defeat the plan of redemption and the progress of Christ’s kingdom, and using weak and wicked men for his schemes, but is always defeated in the end by the superior wisdom of God.
 
The central current and ultimate aim of universal history is the Kingdom of God established by Jesus Christ. This is the grandest and most comprehensive institution in the world, as vast as humanity and as enduring as eternity. All other institutions are made subservient to it, and in its interest the whole world is governed. It is no after-thought of God, no subsequent emendation of the plan of creation, but it is the eternal forethought, the controlling idea, the beginning, the middle, and the end of all his ways and works. The first Adam is a type of the second Adam; creation looks to redemption as the solution of its problems. Secular history, far from controlling sacred history, is controlled by it, must directly or indirectly subserve its ends, and can only be fully understood in the central light of Christian truth and the plan of salvation.
 
The Father, who directs the history of the world, “draws to the Son,” who rules the history of the church, and the Son leads back to the Father, that “God may be all in all.” “All things,” says St. Paul, “were created through Christ and unto Christ: and He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.” Col. 1:16–18. “The Gospel,” says John von Müller, summing up the final result of his lifelong studies in history, “is the fulfilment of all hopes, the perfection of all philosophy, the interpreter of all revolutions, the key of all seeming contradictions of the physical and moral worlds; it is life—it is immortality.”

God’s Goodness To Mankind Is Like The Impartial Sun Which Always Shines

“…He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45
 
“It is God’s goodness which causes the sun to warm the earth, and the rain to fertilize it. But is this goodness impartial? Certainly. The sun shines upon all men; the rain falls upon all men. It was not possible for the divine Teacher to have referred to any thing more impartial than the shining of the sun, and the falling of the rain. But is this goodness unchangeable, as well as impartial? It surely is. The sun has always shed his beams upon the earth from the beginning of the world, and the rain has always descended in its season. The sin of man has never arrested the shining of the sun; his injustice has never prevented the falling of the rain. All his sin, iniquity, and wickedness have never been able to change the goodness of God, or divert it from its steady purpose. When Jesus, therefore, referred to God’s perfection, he referred to His impartial, unchangeable GOODNESS.” — Thomas Whittemore

God Can Be Counted On!

God Can Be Counted On! – By Daniel W. Sheridan

A man’s past record of honesty and integrity is a testimony to his character. We have confidence in a proven man of his word. A person who does what he says, and does it right, can be counted on both now and in the future.

God has proven Himself to be a God of His word!

“There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:45).

Throughout the Bible, we see God fulfilling His promises.

“And the LORD visited Sarah AS HE HAD SAID, and the LORD did unto Sarah AS HE HAD SPOKEN. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which GOD HAD SPOKEN to him.”

What did this fulfilled promise produce?

“And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”

Sarah laughed for joy and asked everyone to laugh with her! God makes us happy!

The Bible says, “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive… For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (The Apostle Paul).

Notice the words “shall all be” and “shall many be made” are future promises. “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided,” said Patrick Henry, “and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.” And judging by the past, I, Daniel W. Sheridan, have come to the conclusion that God is as good as His word. I have a solid foundation upon which to rest my faith. I believe, and therefore I speak of the greatness, honesty, and integrity to my God!

We, like Sarah, can laugh today! Faith leads to joy! The human race will joyfully laugh when all of Adam’s progeny are alive and justified.

Let us give praise and honor to our faithful God! Our Redeemer is faithful and true!

A Universalist Historian Contrasted With Herodotus And Thucydides

Luke, Herodotus, and Thucydides: Three Historians Compared and Contrasted – Transcribed by Daniel W. Sheridan

The object of Luke was to confirm Theophilus and through him all his readers in the faith in which he had already been orally instructed, and to lead him to the conviction of the irrefragable certainty of the facts on which Christianity rests.

Luke…takes a universal view of Christ as the Saviour of all men and fulfiller of the aspirations of every human heart. He brings him in contact with the events of secular history in the vast empire of Augustus, and with the whole human race by tracing his ancestry back to Adam.

The whole book is undoubtedly admirably suited to Greek taste. It at once captivates the refined Hellenic ear by a historic prologue of classic construction, resembling the prologues of Herodotus and Thucydides. It is not without interest to compare them.

Luke begins: “Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fufilled among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word: it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write unto thee in order, most noble Theophilus; that thou mightest know the certainty concerning the things wherein thou wast instructed.”

Herodotus: “These are the researches of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, which he publishes, in order to preserve from oblivion the remembrance of former deeds of men, and to secure a just tribute of glory to the great and wonderful actions of the Greeks and the barbarians; and withal to put on record what were their grounds of feud.”

Thucydides: “Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the history of the war in which the Peloponnesians and the Athenians fought against one another. He began to write when they first took up arms, believing that it would be great and memorable above any previous war. For he argued that both States were then at the full height of their military power, and he saw the rest of the Hellenes either siding or intending to side with one or other of them. No movement ever stirred Hellas more deeply than this; it was shared by many of the barbarians, and might be said even to affect the world at large.”  (Jowett’s translation.)

These prefaces excel alike in brevity, taste, and tact, but with this characteristic difference: the Evangelist modestly withholds his name and writes in the pure interest of truth a record of the gospel of peace for the spiritual welfare of all men; while the great pagan historians are inspired by love of glory, and aim to immortalize the destructive wars and feuds of Greeks and barbarians.

***The text was taken from Phillip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church Vol 1, p 655-56.

In Prisons or Palaces…Rejoice!

In Prisons or Palaces…Rejoice! – By Daniel Sheridan
 
As I write this, I am in extreme pain. I live in constant pain, but today is far worse, so much so that I am unable to work and may not be able to for a long time. I tell you this because I want you to understand that what I am writing isn’t altered by circumstances – I am no “sunshine patriot” when it comes to my God. My current circumstance of terrible pain will serve as a pulpit from which I will magnify the glory, the grace, and the wonders of my great God and Savior.
 
Jesus Christ will not only prove to be successful in saving all mankind from sin and its consequences, but He has also proved successful in bringing joy to many hearts even through going through great trials.
 
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is, says Phillip Schaff, “the free outflow of tender love and gratitude, and full of joy and cheerfulness in the face of life and death. It is like his midnight hymn of praise in the dungeon of Philippi. ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice’ (Phil. 4:4). This is the key-note of the letter. It proves that a healthy Christian faith, far from depressing and saddening the heart, makes truly happy and contented even in prison.”
 
“If any one,” challenges F.W. Farrar, “compare the spirit of the best-known classic writers in their adversity with that which was habitual to the far deeper wrongs and far deadlier sufferings of Paul – if he will compare the Epistle to the Philippians with the ‘Tristia’ of Ovid, the letters of Cicero from exile, or the treatise which Seneca dedicated to Polybius from his banishment in Corsica – he may see, if he will, the difference which Christianity has made in the happiness of man.”
 
I sing, with grace in my heart, the words of this marvelous hymn. Won’t you join me?
 
How tedious and tasteless the hours
When Jesus no longer I see!
Sweet prospects, sweet birds, and sweet flow’rs
Have all lost their sweetness to me.
 
The midsummer sun shines but dim,
The fields strive in vain to look gay;
But when I am happy in Him
December’s as pleasant as May.
 
Content with beholding His face,
My all to His pleasure resigned;
No changes of season or place,
Would make any change in my mind.
 
While blessed with a sense of His love,
A palace a toy would appear;
And prisons would palaces prove,
If Jesus would dwell with me there.
 
As always, in sickness and in health, in poverty or riches, both now and always, Jesus Christ is a Successful Savior!

 

 

The Royal Law

The Royal Law

—The Theme
 
Two thousand years have passed anon
Since Christ proclaimed the order:
That one should love not self alone,
But as himself his neighbor.
 
Yet all the years have sped in wrath,
Nor peace the world has known;
For men have trod the selfish path,
Each bent upon his own.
 
—The Facts
 
We’ve churches built and glasses stained,
And endless preachments made;
In songs our voices oftimes strained,
And prayers unnumbered prayed.
 
For thus man clings to age-old forms –
Of his own works in awe!
While in his willful heart he scorns
The simple Christian law.
 
And in all lands flow blood and tears –
Dire wage of hate and greed:
None other cause of hope appears,
Beside the Master’s creed.
 
—My Prayer
 
May we at length His rule enthrone –
And for it ever labor:
That one should love not self alone,
But as himself his neighbor.