Universalism is one of the most dangerous schools of thought to hit Christendom since Jim Jones found a new flavor of Kool-Aid and went on a field trip to South America.

Today, pablum and psychobabble are roommates – each stroking the other for approval and support. Preachers and pastors alike extol this theory as if it really was Gospel.

Anyone from Carlton Pearson to [insert your local “seeker-sensitive” dude here], get to tell the world, “Don’t worry. Be happy” about each of us going to heaven and ignoring the flames licking at their heels.

Every two years, Baylor University comes out with a phenomenal survey showing America how it feels about its faith. This year, we read everyone is going to heaven, and bringing all their non-Jesus-believing friends with them! Good times, as we can see in some of these numbers:

  • More than 50 percent of respondents said they believed half or more of “average Americans” would get into heaven, compared with 72 percent of respondents who believed at least half of Christians would get in.
  • Few Americans, it seems, think heaven is a very exclusive destination. Less than 30 percent believe the nonreligious will be prevented from entering.
  • Americans also are enamored of angels. Some 55 percent of those surveyed claim they were “protected from harm by a guardian angel.
  • 20 percent have actually heard “the voice of God”.
  • 23 percent have witnessed a physical, miraculous healing.
  • 44 percent have felt “called of God” to perform a task.

These numbers can tell us so much – if only we were listening. Church, we have a lot of work to do because regretfully, many of the noted pastors don’t seem to be doing the trick. If only 44 percent have felt called of God to do anything, we need to get the other large part of the pie to realize God talks much more than that.

And perhaps the most telling and tantalizing statistics of the MANY in this riveting finding is: Only 63 percent of Americans believe in heaven, while 73 percent of those same Americans believe in hell?!

Why? Oh, that’s easy. More Americans feel like they are living in one place over the other. Maybe those feelings will change in November. I’m just sayin’.


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