Revelation 3:14-22 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot.16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
Star of The Shack is “Not the God of the Bible”
Excerpts from WND – “Universalism ends up blaspheming and cursing the truth as revealed in Scripture as Jesus spoke it,” he said.
By “universalism,” De Young means a belief that all of creation is ultimately reconciled to God. He argues this contradicts the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. But “The Shack” gives believers hope that ultimately, no matter what they do or believe, they will end up in heaven along with everyone else.
“In ‘The Shack,’ Paul [Young] has God say, ‘I don’t punish sin, sin is its own punishment,’” said De Young. “In another context, it says there’s not an eternal judgment, an everlasting judgment awaiting people. In his original commitment to universal reconciliation, Paul went much further and denounced any such view that there is eternal judgement at all.
“According to universalism, all people will be purified by the fires of hell. Not judged, not punished, but purified and chastised as it is. And they will repent and all of those in hell will go to heaven, including eventually Satan and his fallen angels. Hell ceases to exist. And this is standard universalism fare, because they argue logically, from reason, that it’s impossible for God’s love to have failed somewhere in the universe. And of course, what they do in saying that is to reject the biblical witness that there is everlasting judgment awaiting those that reject the person of Jesus Christ. So they let reason triumph over revelation.”