“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)
I was recently contacted by a former member of Stuttgart Military Community Church (SMCC). She had recently joined a Bible study in the town that she and her husband moved to after leaving Germany and returning to the States. The leader of this Bible study had started teaching some things that didn't sound right to her and she called me for clarification and advice.
The leader of the Bible study was claiming that hell was not a real place and that no one was actually going there and she had a list Scriptures, Bible teachers, and web articles to support her position. This heretical teaching has been around a long time in one form or another and is called universalism, which holds that all people will eventually be reconciled to God. If you would like to learn a little more about this false teaching, you can watch a this short video explanation from Christianity.com.
I was saddened by the false teaching of the person entrusted with leading others into a deeper understanding of God's Word. However, I was also blessed that this former member of SMCC possessed the discernment to realize that this teaching was contrary to the teaching of Scripture. I advised her to exposes this false teaching to the entire group and let them know she could no longer be part of a Bible study that was based on the heretical teaching of universalism.
If we are going to resist the sea of false teaching in the world today, we must tune our ear to hear the voice of our Good Shepard, Jesus. As we read the Bible, pray, go to a good Bible teaching church, and fellowship with other Christians, we will learn to discern between the voice of God and the voice of our enemy, the devil, who seeks to lead every Christian away from the truth.
Jesus did die for the sins of the world, but only through the confession of our sin and the declaration of Jesus as Lord of our lives can we be saved. Don't be deceived by the lies of the enemy, but concentrate on the voice of God, that you might know Him and follow His perfect plan for your life.