What I have come to Believe:
Although Universal Salvation Seems Emotionally and Intellectually Right,
it is Biblically Wrong!
It seems that if God is All Loving, All Sovereign, All Powerful, All knowing, All present; then as the argument goes (in my/our thinking and logic) if God is all that and loves everyone and set out to save the world, then He cannot fail, and will in all of His attributes, save everyone no matter what. That sounds good to the intellect, but the bible is not an intellectual book, it is a SPIRITUAL book (1Cor 1:18-2:16). And as hard as it is for vain man to admit; we do not in this fleshly existence have the capability to understand the Spiritual many Truths of eternity, where God The Lord inhabits. This is the very reason God in His mercy and loving-kindness sent and gave us the WORD of God which is the only trustworthy Person and book about these things, giving us understanding to what degree we believe it; we can understand it. What I am saying in short form is that Spiritual Truth we can believe and understand in simple terms – “like a child” is in the Bible for even the most childlike person to clearly see and understand. Although, in our puffed up egotistic minds we argue with it and therefore disbelieve it – as “it is written”. So we change the wording a little bit or look up the Greek of Hebrew variances till it says what we would like for it to say. However… Isaiah 55:8-9 lets us know we cannot imagine how God thinks, judges, or understands anything or everything; so we cannot compare what we think as if it is the way God would think about anything! All we have to go on is the bible and we choose to believe what it plainly says; especially the words of Jesus Christ. We can reject it and suffer the consequences, that’s our decision. We could be right or we could be wrong. This is why I have taken much more seriously the ‘other side’ of the Good News and if I could be wrong; if so the consequences would be horrific! For this reason I have chosen to stick to what I know the bible says, translated by more highly educated competent people than I; without trying to take Hebrew and Greek words out of the text and make them say what I in my limited understanding of the original languages and make them say what “I would like” for them to say – but what if I’m wrong? HORRIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR ANYONE FOLLOWING MY TEACHING!
I have decided I would rather be wrong and it to turn out “better” than I thought; than to be wrong about universal salvation and it turn out “worse” than I thought… Think about that…
Now, since love would not be real love without free choice; along with this Gift; God, since He is Sovereign, has mysteriously given us the right and ability to accept it as truth or reject it in favor of our own vain thinking and logic (John 3:16-21) “believe” is mentioned 7 times in the context of this scripture. This offer of God’s Love through simple belief in His Word is made clear in simple terms, multitudes of times throughout the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. The question is do we believe it just like it says it – like a child; or (like an educated fool) try to twist it to say it like we want it? God did not intend for us to have to know Greek and Hebrew to understand the scriptures. After over 40 years of study and recent internal struggles going back and forth so many times over the last few years, yes years, in my own heart, mind and logic (body, soul, and spirit) asking myself questions like “are you better than God?” and “if you could save the world, would you?” and “ Since God’s attributes prove He can do anything; Can God Fail?” with the answer to all these “in my own logical mind” were in 100% agreement with the teaching of universal salvation. Although, after much “unbiased” honest bible reading and study, to my chagrin, I am forced to admit that these conclusions came from my own vain puffed up logical thinking – not the simple truths in scriptures.
The key word here is ‘seems’. What “Seems” right to us as fleshly man is not always right. I would say what seems right in our sinful state is wrong more often than right. We should be very careful coming to our own conclusions about biblical doctrine in our mind through private opinions, disregarding the Body of Christ. This is very dangerous, Christ is a Body of believers for a reason…
When we do this private personal pondering, in a meditative state, be aware, this opens the door to a world of wickedness just waiting to get into your mind. The above verse is extremely important, since this word of wisdom is repeated verbatim once again two chapters later for emphasis. Proverbs 16:25, when the bible says something once it is very important, when the bible says something twice it is extremely important and imperative that you ‘get this’. Also the OT an NT scriptures says ‘At the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established’ this is a biblical way of establishing an important truth. Deut. 19:15 Matt. 18:16 2 Cor. 13:1 So we see this also is repeated.
It really doesn’t matter what I think is right or wrong, only what God’s Word says is right! I am only a man but pride makes me a judge of right and wrong even of God’s word. I should not interpret what the Bible means by “my thoughts” but God’s Word should guide my thoughts to what it means. The Bible says ‘Thus says The Lord’ not ‘Thus says what I think the Lord seems to say’. If what seems right to me doesn’t agree with the clear words of scripture (without a bunch of Hebrew and Greek hanky panky) I’m wrong!
That’s why we need the English Bible, otherwise it would be of little use if we knew so much. I have even heard some say something to that effect, “we really don’t need the bible to tell us right from wrong, it’s written on our heart, right?” Well yes, you could be right but because you are not perfect; you could be wrong!
““The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”” (Jeremiah 17:9–10, NLT)
We all want to be right, right? So sometimes we will go to great lengths to prove that we are even if it takes a little overlooking one or two things or adding just a little or a word or changing just a few things, to suit our purpose… I have found by experience we can do this without even being aware of it. The heart of man is surely a vain thing.
During the last few years; the more I have honestly read the English bible with an absolute TRUST in exactly what it says believing with absolute FAITH in the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles including Paul along with the Prophets (Putting aside my own preconceived ideas, thoughts, seems likes, and logic) without endless mixing of words and meanings and going to the “original Greek and Hebrew” to find a definition of a word that says what I wanted it to say to force the text to say what I wanted it to say; (disregarding what the English bible as God’s Word to English-speaking people, already says, proving I didn’t want to believe it the way it said it) to my sorrowful humiliation and embarrassment,
I have to admit the simple clear reading and meaning of the scriptures Do Not teach All will be saved.
We are hard pressed to find the doctrine of Universal Salvation in The Word of God as a whole without taking verses out of context or twisting the words with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries and Lexicons and piecing multiple versions together. (Which I became very good at) As I have said before; this proves I didn’t really believe the English Bible God Gave us the way He intended it to be read, nor His providence in preserving and providing His Word to mankind. God forgive me. So where it didn’t fit my doctrine of universal salvation I would just make up my own version with all of these “biblical tools” and believe me I have an abundance of them far beyond the average Christian and even many Pastors. Over the years I have achieved quite an ability for using them to my own advantage to prove or disprove a point. Oh yes, I thought I was doing it for the Glory of God; but now I clearly see it was for the glory of man, this man! Shame on me!!!
Having this truth revealed to me through much honest prayer and repentance has cut me to the heart. And brought me to the lowest estimation of myself and the perverted work that I have done in this ministry of Not1Lost. If it had not been that The Lord has shown me that I was deceived and deceiving others because of the blindness that had been put on me by the oppression of demonic spirits; (not possession) I would have despaired of life itself.
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12, NLT)
But Praise God for His Mercy Endures Forever! Which He has poured out on me in abundance through Christ Jesus The Lord! With Paul I can say I have been the chief of sinners and do not deserve to teach or preach the word of God because I persecuted The Church of God. But God has shown me I did it ignorantly because of the blindness put on me by deceiving spirits who will attack anyone, especially Christians and most especially Christian ministers who will open the door to them by searching for “deeper truths” and “hidden truth” little known to “others”. This really strokes the ego of the vain puffed up mind of man, and some will go after it like a vulture devouring road kill! Let me tell you friends, the devil is real, demons are real, and their main mode of operation is deception; it has been from the very beginning in Genesis – “Yea hath God said?” or “Did God really say that?” To the end, in Revelation where it is said “that old serpent the devil who deceives the whole world” By putting doubt in the Word of God, whispering in the mind and heart of even a believer and especially you pastors.
Over the last 6 months or more I have been in a great struggle. I was challenged by a study I was doing which ended by my laying all I have learned about The Lord and The Scriptures at the altar before the throne of heaven and said “Here it is and here I am, I have no agenda or preconceived notions, doctrines, or agenda, I count it all dung compared to knowledge of The Lord Jesus Christ and The Truth in Him, Thy Will be Done, no more, no less”
Things began to change, not over night, but slowly I started seeing things I had not seen before as if I had been blinded to them. I began to realize I had been self-deceived in many ways; and I’m sure with the help of some wicked forces in the hidden realms. I began to rebuke them in The Name of The Lord Jesus Christ trusting Him and His Word to deliver me from all deception. Many things began to surface that were very painful to see, but I knew they were clearly right there before my eyes and in my heart. Repenting and confessing these things; Confusion began to lift like a dark fog and a light began to shine on many beautiful things I had known long before and was assured of (2 Tim 3:13-17); but also revealing some things that were not so pretty and broke my heart… and fankly put the fear of God in me!
I must say to many who have trusted me over the last 10 years when I was teaching universal salvation – I am so, so sorry; I mislead you! Forget anything I have ever taught you during this time – I was wrong! I had good intentions, yes, but as they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Before this all began I was a charismatic Baptist preacher, believing in salvation by grace, through faith alone, solo scriptura, in adult water baptism by Emerson, eternal security of salvation by faith, and a rapture, etc. To the which I have returned. And I say to any of you who will hear me – Go back to your traditional churches, roots, and beliefs! Turn from this unbiblical doctrine of universal salvation! I consider myself now unworthy to serve The Lord in the capacity of an ordained minister, since I persecuted the Church of God. Although, if there is any hope for me, as Paul persecuted the Church of God even to the death of some saints, hopefully The Lord will have mercy on me as He did him. We will see what The Lord wills. This I do know and do!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1, CSB)
This phrase is repeated 41 times in the OT and I even used this often to teach universal salvation; but even this, when you look at each occurrence it is speaking of BELIEVERS – The People of God. Now every time I go back and look at one of my proof text for the doctrine of universal salvation; to my humiliation and embarrassment I had taken it glaringly out of context; usually the immediate context or the biblical context as a whole on that particular topic, phrase, or word. God forgive me, I truly was deceived.
The Lord has turned His Light back on, Praise God! The Lord let me go through this season for a reason; to help those deceived as I was; out of the darkness and into the light. God help me to fulfill my purpose and the purpose of His Will for my life. As I may have said before, I asked the Lord’s forgiveness for leading anyone astray and I really felt He let me know, they would have been lead astray anyway by someone sometime because that is what, they, like me, were looking for and opening themselves up to.
It’s just an ole country way of putting it, but if a hound gets on the wrong trail he’ll end up barking up the wrong tree every time; and there he will be till the Master comes and gets him by the neck and drags him away….
I will delete all of my YouTube videos, closed down my Facebook page “Not1Lost”, and in process of close all twitter, blogs, and other accounts connected with not1lost ministries. I may make a final YouTube video on my Channel with a similar message before completely closing it down.
I almost deleted this website and closed it. However as I prayed about what I should do I felt the Lord leading me to rather use it to expose this deceitful doctrine of universal salvation to those searching for it as they may come upon this website. As they well see it will not be what they were expecting to see – or needed to see – but this essay and confession of someone who has been there for a long, long time; who knows this doctrine inside and out and been delivered from the darkness! My prayer is that they will also see the light as they read this here on this website.
“Thank you Abba Father for allowing me and using me and this website to hopefully pull some out of the fire; “Oh God Help them, in Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen”
As a Final Plea:
if you are not sure where you stand with the Lord Jesus Christ; please, I beg you today, believe on Lord Jesus Christ, put your trust in Him and His Word, Repent of your sins and ask Him into your heart and save you today, then tell someone the Good News!
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” (Romans 10:9–13, NLT)
Again, I am truly sorry to everyone who may have trusted me in this doctrine of universal salvation. But on the other hand I Rejoice in The Lord for this deliverance! Praise God! Amen!
In His Service,
Dennis D Caldwell
I realize this has probably come as a shock to many of you; but as I have stated this is not a decision I came to over night, but with much prayer and bible study. Only I know the thousands of hours of work along with thousands of dollars, I put into all this; but I count it all dung for the excellency of the knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, The Gospel of our salvation. I say this to say there is no use trying to change my mind. If you have an argument against this, take it up with my LORD Jesus Christ. I will not debate the issue; I’ve done that enough already in my own heart and mind…
Also, There Will Be More Proof of what I have begun to expose to back up this Decision – to come on this website!