I was reading my favorite publication, The Biblical Recorder (in case you couldn't tell, that's sarcasm), and ran across the following in the monthly section titled "Tar Heel Voices." It was published by James A. Wilson of Winston Salem and was published on its own. No comment or opposing view went along with it.
"I believe that everyone will be "saved." How could God make His creation and then consign some to hell forever? Even American troops in Iraq or Afghanistan never leave behind forever all who do not accept their doctrine. I assert that God gives us free will but He also gives us good sense. If every knee shall bow in the end we shall all freely want to and mean it. It pains me that so many leave others out of the big picture. Surely God's heart is big enough to hold us all without strain."
It really breaks my heart that the State Convention of North Carolina would allow such heresy to be displayed in their publication with no refutation (at least none in this issue). 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God." This statement from the Biblical Recorder is an excellent illustration of what Paul is talking about. Mr. Wilson has demonstrated that the message of the
gospel is foolishness to him. This is because he is perishing. Paul wasn't beating around the bush. There are people who are perishing and on the last judgment will perish. It seems Mr. Wilson has an extremely high view of human nature and a low view of God. Even American soldiers would never leave their fallen buddies? Really? I'm not a soldier, but you couldn't convince me that there aren't soldiers who would leave their fallen buddies. Besides, his straw man crumbles at a crucial point. He refers to "fallen" buddies. This implies that these men need to be rescued. He doesn't believe, in the spiritual realm, that there are any "fallen buddies." God's heart is big enough for everyone. The obvious question becomes, "Why did Jesus have to die then?" If God was going to save everyone in the end, why waste the life of His Son on the cross? In the end, it makes little difference what Mr. Wilson thinks or how big he thinks God's heart is. The Bible is clear, unless you repent and believe in Jesus Christ, you will perish. I hope this isn't a clue to the direction the State Convention is heading.