2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
I back in 2004 or 2005 first encountered this “Universalist theology”, and rejected it instantly, and separated myself from the person’s who were promoting this devilish lie, without any real searching out why it is such a dangerous falsehood.
However, just this past week, while I was doing some research on an author, whose books I have in my possession, I ran across a web-site (IWWB) (IsWasandWillBe) founded by Mike Vinson, that did favor this author. And I read some of their other teaching articles, which I agreed with, due to them confirming what I have written about in this blog.
Well…. they had listed various persons throughout differing countries who were considered “Elders”, and I found one in Canada, so I reached out and had a very nice talk with this “elder”, during the course of our conversation, he informed me they were “Universalist”, and that Satan and all humanity will eventually be saved. I had an immediate reaction because I never heard that Satan would be saved, it was a RED FLAG moment, and I stated so, that I did not believe in that teaching, nor could I move ahead without studying the Lord’s word, and “testing the spirits” as it were. He totally agreed with that decision, so for two weeks I was able to attend about 4 or 5 online meetings, where I was warmly greeted and accepted. During the time I prayed and asked the Lord to keep me guarded, and to grant me discernment, but I did do my due diligence to “search out all things” regarding this “Universalist doctrine”, and I am glad I did, because now I’ve come to understand why this teaching and belief-ism is such a lie against the truth of our Lord’s Doctrine. Once I understood, without a shadow of doubt according to the Lord’s word and guidance by the Holy Spirit that this was a lie from Satan himself, I disassociated myself from this group, and informed the elder in Canada why I was doing so, giving him scripture to support my decision. I will write about this group, IWWB, and it’s leader “Mike Vinson”,(which is a cult) in another article, Lord willing.
I am going to first state where this “doctrine” did originate from, and it started back in the 2nd & 4th century by two men Origen and Gregory of Nysaa. Origen teachings, whom I was introduced to back in the cult I was a member of some 43 years ago, I have come to understand he is known as a “Gnostic”. The other man “Gregory of Nyssa” I had never heard of him. But what I’ve learned about these two and their belief’s are straight from the same belief system that influenced the present day Babylonian Roman Catholic Church.
Historical Background: Neither of these men were truly Born-again believer’s as you will see by the info given with the links provided to back up this assertion:
Origen: Some of his belief’s were as follows:
- Allegorical interpretation of the Bible
- Christian pacifism
- Free will
- Incorporeality of God
- Logos theology
- Preexistence of souls
- Ransom theory of atonement
He also had various “influences”: Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus of Rome and Plato which were actually “catholic and pagan philosophical belief-isms” I suggest you check this all out for yourself.
Here is the link to the Wikipedia info on this man:
Origen also influenced many other so called “believer’s” who were all part of the false “Constantine RCC church system:
Christian theology including Athanasius,
Arius, Rufinus, John of Jerusalem, Dionysius of Alexandria, Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Theophilus of Alexandria, Maximus, John Scotus Eriugena, Erasmus, Henry More, Karl Rahner, Pope Benedict XVI, Hans Urs von Balthasar
Here is other important information which will assist in seeing this man was never a true disciple of our Dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Here is a quote from a web-site “Watch Unto Prayer,” (which is an excellent source of extremely well documented information about everything that has wrongfully influenced present day “Main Stream Christianity” through the centuries)!
“While the Antiochan stream of manuscripts found a home in the heretical churches of the East, the Alexandrian stream of manuscripts also began a covert mission to replace the copies of the original manuscripts in the West. It is from the Alexandrian stream of manuscripts that our modern English versions ultimately derive. Fifty years after John the Apostle died (circa 100 A.D.), Justin Martyr and his disciple Tatian began to introduce heretical doctrines into the Christian churches. Tatian’s pupil, Clement of Alexandria, founded a school at Alexandria, Egypt, for the dissemination of Gnosticism. But it was Clement’s pupil, Origen, who Fuller states, “did the most of all to create and give direction to the forces of apostasy down through the centuries.” As a Gnostic philosopher, Origen scorned the historical basis of Scripture, and maintained that: “The Scriptures are of little use to those who understand them as they are written.” Dr. Phillip Schaff observed, “His predilection for Plato (the pagan philosopher) led him into many grand and fascinating errors.” 5. Origen had also studied under Ammonius Saccas, a Greek philosopher of Alexandria who founded a Neoplatonic school.”
Here is the “Watch Unto Prayer” link: to read more information about Gnostic Origen, you also can do a “search” on the main page of the site to find more information on Origen or any other person or group:
- Now I want to place one more quote on the heretical teachings of Origen:
- “Gnostics such as Origen believe that men originated as pure minds without bodies and returned to that state through union with God. “In Origen’s version of creation and the fall,…all created beings originated as minds, entities of pure reason alone; this was the past of every human being born on earth. The superaddition of body and soul was secondary and a result of certain rational entities’ fall–over countless ages of time–away from God. As each human being advanced in knowledge of God and eventually returned to pure rational communion with God, the body provided a necessary training field, and its transformation reflected the self’s gradual renewal in God’s image.”
Now I present to you the information on Gregory of Nysaa via Wikipedia, in order to save space I will place the link below for you to search for yourself. I would however state ” His family was aristocratic and Christian—according to Gregory of Nazianzus,” He was also vested as a bishop of Nyssa, Cappadocia, from 372 to 376 and from 378 until his death. He is venerated as a saint in Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, and Lutheranism. Gregory, his elder brother Basil of Caesarea, and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus are collectively known as the Cappadocian Fathers. As you can see, this man was from the Constantine era, and therefore not a true believer of Jesus Christ. He was part of the Harlot system of the RCC.
God’s word informs us that: Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
1Co 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
1Co 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
Now that I have given well documented historical background on where this devilish doctrine did stem from, I would like to present how these Universalist use scriptures out of context to support their deceitful and blasphemous doctrine.
I will be using some “quotes” from IWWB site particularly Mike Vinson’s own words, and then compare it with the Lord’s Word as written within the confine’s of the chapter’s given.
Now this is a question asked by a man, who may have been a follower or not, it does not give that info, but his question is a good one, and I will provide the link so anyone can search further on this topic, however babes in Christ, need to please stay away from this group, they teach doctrine of demon’s and are not born-again believers.
Here is the question: “
“I try not to ask you questions very often, so I’ll make it brief:
Where in the bible does it say that ungodly men/devils/Satan come out of the lake of fire? What about the son of perdition?”
The following is Mike Vinson’s response, and I quote:
“Thank you for your question. The answer is alluded to very clearly in these verses:”
Please take note the word he uses here “alluded”, here is Webster’s Dict defining the meaning of it: “To refer to something not directly mentioned; to have reference; to hint at by remote suggestions; as, that story alludes to a recent transaction.” Here are the scriptures he gives to support his belief:
Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Mike’s comments below:
“The end of the Lord’s plan is for the Father to be “all in all” over “all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:”
“The word translated as ‘world’ is G165, ‘aion‘, and it means ‘age’… “not only in this age, but in the age to come.”
“All principality… [and] every name that is named” included “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (Eph 2:2), and lest we miss that point, it is repeated in:”
The only one who is “alluding” is Mike Vinson, through his fallen and sinful fleshly reasoning mind, because it is very clear when read in full context in this chapter and the whole Epistle from Paul, he is talking that the Lord will and is ALL in ALL to the Body of Christ, His Bride, the Church, true believer’s as Paul wrote in the verses prior to Eph 1:17!
Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Eph 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Now in that last statement “All principality…and every name is named” MV add’s “included” then inserting Eph 2:2 in part to support this deception.
Let’s see what Eph 2:2 within context is saying:
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Again the whole chapter of Eph 2 is Paul admonishing and informing them of the Grace of God and His Mercy in their salvation! He is not in any manner “alluding” to the restoration of Satan and humanity whatsoever in this context or in Colossians as MV stipulates:
Col 1:16 For by him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Now in response to MV’s utilization of Col 1:16, these scriptures inform us what Paul is saying, so please do your own reading of them:
by him were: Col_1:15; Psa_102:25-27; Isa_40:9-12, Isa_44:24; Joh_1:3; 1Co_8:6; Eph_3:9; Heb_1:2, Heb_1:10-12, Heb_3:3-4
in heaven: Col_1:20; Deu_4:39; 1Ch_29:11; Eph_1:10; Phi_2:10; Rev_5:13-14
thrones: Col_2:10, Col_2:15; Rom_8:38; Eph_1:21, Eph_3:10, Eph_6:12; 1Pe_3:22
by: Pro_16:4; Isa_43:21; Rom_11:36; Heb_2:10
What I find very interesting in Col 1:20, MV desires you to take note of those words which he has made BOLD, while, in a manipulative manner, he wants you to skip the the words, “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross”. You see, we need to ask, why did Jesus Shed His blood, and for whom? Jesus shed His blood for the remission of sins, for Mankind in the world, of every age. And to destroy the works of the devil and death. Now ask yourself, was Satan a human in the flesh or a spirit? Did Jesus not state that Satan was the author of all sin? So did Jesus die for the sins of Satan? It is not found anywhere in scripture Old or New. Satan’s kingdom represents everything that is tantamount to evil and every wickedness under heaven. While the Lord Jesus Christ’s kingdom is tantamount to everything that is Righteous, True, Just and Holy in His Judgement against evil. And because of, His Death, His Blood, and His Resurrection, God the Father has given Him power over all, for the Good of His Children within the Body of Christ, and His restoration of all things in Heaven and the created earth! Satan and his demon’s and all who follow him are not covered by His Blood, either now living nor anyone presently dwelling in death, being dead physically.
MV continues on with his blasphemous spewing of lies in the following scriptures to endorse his belief’s, by taking them out of context and twisting them to support this deceitful and heretical lie: Here are his words “Satan is “the prince of the power of the air” and “the god of this world”, this age.” Here are the scriptures he gives to support that Satan is included in salvation, and take note on how he, again, makes BOLD the words which “proves” his understanding of the scriptures:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Now here is his explanation of what these words are stating: “As such Satan, too, and his entire kingdom are included in “all things… whether they be in earth or in heaven” which are being reconciled to Christ and His Father.” I do hope you can see how wicked the twisting of these scriptures leads to lies and deception in every form.
Now for the unbelievable teaching which Mike Vinson supports and teaches, he believes that every “true disciple of Christ” has the “son of perdition” within him, and that this “son of Perdition” needs to be quashed! Here are his words, and the scriptures which he think’s supports this abominable heresy! “The son of perdition is in every person. The new man is born through him.” Can you believe this?!!! Now here are the scriptures he gives to support this:
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. He continues on to state: “We are the temple in which the man of sin sits (vs 4 above).” The scripture he gives to justify this wicked belief is: 1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? So you see Mike Vinson is interpreting this scripture and his understanding of the Book of Revelation by “Spiritualizing” it instead of it being interpreted in the literal sense. MV believes that the “man of sin” can and will try to take precedent over Disciples of Christ within their hearts, and that a believer must overcome this Anti-Christ within their own hearts!
When we read the scriptures given 2Thess 2:3 & 4, Paul is writing concerning a “real human” why because a false teaching was circulating amongst the Thessalonian brethren as we read here from: 2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Now let us read the rest of this chapter in context, then we shall understand that Paul is writing about things that were to come, because that “Great falling away” was to happen in the future.
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
2Th 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
2Th 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
2Th 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
The scriptures in Bold are informing us what is too come in the future and here are scriptures which establishes this truth, so I pray you will read these scriptures: 2 Thessalonians 2:8
that: 2Th_2:3; Mat_13:19, Mat_13:38; 1Jo_2:13, 1Jo_3:12, 1Jo_5:18
whom: Dan_7:10-11, Dan_7:26; Rev_18:8-10, Rev_19:20, Rev_20:10
the spirit: Job_4:9; Psa_18:15; Isa_11:4; Hos_6:5; Rev_1:16, Rev_2:16, Rev_19:15, Rev_19:20-21
with the brightness: 2Th_1:8-9; Heb_10:27
The Lord’s Word confirms itself from the Old and the New.
Here is the link to the site where this group’s teaching exists, as a witness that I do not lie and that I am presenting things honest in the sight of all.
I do hope you will search out and read all for yourselves, so that we are firmly planted in the Truth of the Lord’s Word and by the working Power of the Holy Spirit, we will NOT be moved from the sure foundation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
Because what this evil and wicked teaching is actually doing, it is trying to make people think that “if” God is so loving how could He allow persons who don’t believe in Him, suffer such painful eternal deaths in Hell? That is not fair, how is that Just, if He is such a loving God? This teaching makes one “Question” the Holy, Righteousness of God and His True Justice against those that work wickedness and sin. This is an accusation that comes straight from the mouth of the author of all lies, murder, deception and every evil under the sun! Satan is not just the accuser of the brethren, but he is also the accuser of God and His Righteousness!
I will end this with these words from Paul’s epistle Ephesians 5:
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
May the Lord bless this to His Children who walk in the Spirit, and may the Holy Spirit give all understanding in what is the True and Perfect Word of the Lord. To keep His Children in the narrow path, and to protect us from the Anti-Christ spirit that is so prevalent in these last days.
Unto Him be ALL the Glory, Honor and Praise!
In His Eternal Love……