William Paul Young answers, “How are you a Universalist?”


William Paul Young, author of “Cross Roads” and “The Shack” has been accused by many of being a universalist.  In this video Young speaks for himself as to what ways he is NOT a universalist and in what ways he IS a universalist? #OffTheHighway Subscribe

7 Responses to “William Paul Young answers, “How are you a Universalist?””

  1. Thanks for this! I enjoyed it very much and I appreciate you two putting it together. Paul, I (like so many) loved The Shack, and I didn’t know you had another book out, so I’ll have to give it a look.

    I would say that I agree with Paul in all these things except that I do believe that God can, without violating anyone’s freedom (and indeed by BRINGING everyone TO a state of freedom, reconcile all, gently, courteously and lovingly to Himself — and can guarantee that He will succeed in that.

    Ala Tom Talbott (the Inescapable Love of God), I believe that the notion of any person resisting that which brings joy in favor of that which brings torment (and having the knowledge and sanity necessary to true freedom) for all eternity is profoundly incoherent. I just can’t see any of us rejecting God f.o.r.e.v.e.r. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  2. Thank you Tony for doing this interview. I enjoyed it and appreciated Paul’s definitions of universalism.

    Based on my (mis)understanding of scripture I believe that all shall be reconciled to God, that all shall be made alive in Christ, that every knee shall bow in worship and every tongue joyfully proclaim allegiance to Jesus, that love does not fail, that Jesus truly is savior of all. In other words, I am a Christian convinced of Universal Reconciliation. I am also convinced that I could be wrong and that whether one is convinced of universalism, annihilationism, or infernalism should not separate us from one another. It is not doctrine that separates us, but pride, selfrighteousness, and fear. Faith, humility, and grace all unite us and these attitudes are much more important that what we believe concerning doctrine. Thanks again for posting this interview.

  3. I wish Mr. Young had been asked about the Cross and the blood of Jesus being the only way to the Father. I felt like this interview was ambiguous, at least to me.

  4. ” I am also convinced that I could be wrong ” That is good, because you just might be. When you say that, “It is not doctrine that separates us” this is not what Paul the Apostle said, he said, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and ‘avoid’ them.” Romans 16:17. He seems to think differently than you. I dont show you this to be argumentative, but to help you see clearly that “universalism,” (and such like) is not a doctrine of the bible and must be exposed, Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them.” .
    It say’s that there will be sheep and goats and that God will separate between the two. Where did this come from?, an old testament scripture, Isaiah 59:2, that best say’s it, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
    But you will say, but Jesus died on the cross to break that “separated” and bring us to the Father! True, but if you do not respond to that loving act of the “Son of God” of which Peter spoke,1 Peter 2:24, then there is nothing more that can be done. Jesus himself said this , “I said therefore unto you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins.” John 8:24. Not the best news is it? Yet this is part and partial of the deal.
    And here is the bottom line , John 3:36, ” He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.” No universalism here.
    “Faith, humility, and grace all unite us and these attitudes are much more important than what we believe concerning doctrine.” They are very important, so true, but again its the “doctrine” that we are using our faith on, right? As Romans 6:19 say’s of this “faith and doctrine” relation; “But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”
    So, doctrine, (according to said scripture) is very important. I just encourage you to make a study of all the places the word “doctrine” is used in the new testament. Thanks

  5. Garlind Mullin May 30, 2017 at 09:21 Reply

    Thomas Howard,
    I do not believe there is anything wrong with the statements you have made about God or doctrine or the scriptures. I do believe you have made a mistake in what you heard. Jesus spoke in parables to hide certain facts from the pharisees. Paul Young does the same.
    He states many times when asked if he is a universalist that it depends on your definition. When asked if he is a Christian he says It depends on your definition. He says that repentance is necessary. He is in love with Jesus Christ and that we need to move (as the church) from trying to satisfy God by just obeying His rules, to entering into a deep loving relationship and putting our trust in God. He says that is scary. He does speak against religeous systems, but he is not referring to the christian church, the bride of Christ but certainly it does exist within the church in many places. This information is not in this video but it is in many others.

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