We received the following response to The Deadly Error of the Universalists:
In your letter you mention that “Not all are children of God”. May I ask where you believe that every creature comes from? Who creates mankind and the spirit of life within them?
Does our Father create and then disavow those He made? I’m not sure I understand what you’re trying to say, or even why you sent me this email. I count Gary as a friend. I respect your opinion but if you’re waging a war against a man who I call friend then I don’t think I can read any more of your letters.
Concerning who are children of God and who are not, have you never red the Scriptures? Will you not know the stance and essence of your friends? It is true that God has “fathered” all things, in that He created all things. However, there are “sons of God” and “daughters of men” (Genesis 6), children of this world and children of light (Luke 16:8; Eph. 5:8), sons of God and sons of the devil, who are not sons of God (John 8:41-43). Your argument, therefore, is not primarily with us, but with the One Who wrote the Scriptures. That which we teach is from Scripture. As it is written by a son of God, concerning THE Son of God:
“But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the children of God, to those who believe on His name, who were born, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were born of God” (John 1:12-13).
As the Jews said to Jesus, so you say to us:
“We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God” (John 8:41).
“If God were your father, you would love Me, for I went forth and came from God; for I did not come of Myself, but He sent Me” (John 8:42).
You say to us: “I’m not sure I understand what you’re trying to say.”
Jesus said to those Jews:
“Why do you not know My speech? Because you cannot hear My Word” (John 8:43).
You reject us, saying you count Gary as a friend, yet you do now know who is or who is not a child of God. If Gary were a true teacher of God, and therefore your true friend, then you would know who is and who is not a child of God. Jesus said to the Jews who did not receive Him:
“You are of the Devil as father, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not abide in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me” (John 8:44-45).
Scott, we have no personal ill feelings toward Gary or anyone else. However, he is a false teacher, along with many others. As he reserves the right to bear false witness of God, and you to defend him, that much more do we have the right (and obligation) to bear true witness of God against him. As you are a self-confessed friend of a false teacher of God, where does that leave you?
We are not afraid or ashamed to expose false teachers. They publicly proclaim their damnable heresies and diabolical doctrines, deceiving themselves and other people, and you expect those who know the truth, those who are sons of God, to sit idly by and not speak up? We are not sorry to disappoint you, no, not for a moment.
Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints,
Lest anyone should think otherwise, we do believe in the reconciliation of all things by the Lord Jesus Christ. What we address is a lawless attitude in the Name of the Lord, and in the name of “universalism.” We say (as does the Bible), “work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” to which universalists cry, “Work! Work!” They say that because “Christ did it all,” therefore there is nothing more for the believer to do. See our answers within these pages.
Don Quixote, a man deluded into interacting with the world solely in terms of medieval knight errantry, consumed as he was by much reading and feverish contemplation, serves as the poster child of all religious fanatics. The difference between a religious fanatic and a saint (follower of God) is that the saint is consumed by God, the fanatic by dogma, doctrine, persons, groups, feelings, intellectual knowledge, rituals, and anything BUT God. The fanatic misreads everything; the saint is in his or her right mind. In this series of communications we are speaking with a Don Quixote, his chosen delusion the doctrine of universal salvation. In this case it is not the doctrine but the man that is in error. We show why, and give answers pointing the Way out of delusion to sanity.
Gary Sigler, the author of the article addressed in “The Deadly Error of the Universalists,” replies and we answer him regarding the difference between presumption of grace, and true grace demonstrated by works of faith. One is anti-Christ, while the other is Christ.