Hope beyond hell by Gerry Beauchemin

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  1. Mayflower

    Mayflower Puritan Board Junior

    Is anyone familiar with the next auther and book:

    Hope beyond hell by Gerry Beauchemin

    If you read the reviews on that site and also amazon, than this book has become the "standard" book on defense on universelism.
    Many orthodox christians have turned from the orthodox view on eternal damnation to universalism by reading this book.

    The auther has been missonary for many years, he describes himself with the follow words:

    "....Let me be specific about my faith. I accept God’s love as most believers do, and God’s power and sovereignty as any staunch Calvinist. Jesus came in the flesh, lived and died for our sins, was resurrected, and is coming again. He is the only begotten Son of God, the only way of salvation. Christ and the Father are one. All things have been made by Him, for Him, and through Him. I worship Christ as I do the Father. In fact, I magnify His deity more than most, as I believe He fully destroys the devil’s works and accomplishes all His will for mankind! (Do you?) Only almighty God could do that. His blood is the only power in all the universe that cleanses from sin. Jesus Christ is Lord!..."

    I could not find any critical reviews from reformed theologions or any orthodox christian which deals specifik with this book.

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    "...God loves all people everywhere, without distinction or exception, with an unfailing love. There are no restrictions to His love. Christ died for all people - each and every person that ever lived. If you truly believe His love to be unlimited and unfailing, then choose your own term to describe it. It’s not about religious labels, it’s about God..."

    One thing is clear for me, namely that Gerry Beauchemin gives a right understanding concerning unlimited atonement, namely that the blood has been effecting everybody. If you believe as 5 piont calvinst in limited atonement (like me) than the blood has also been effective but only towards Gods elected.
  2. JonathanHunt

    JonathanHunt Puritan Board Senior

    Yes I am familiar with him. A friend tried to persuade me by asking me to read his book.

    It is garbage.

    Here is something by a greek scholar (a friend) who helped me out on the subject:

    Being charitable, I would say that for this man, the traumatic experience of missions work, facing a situation where he was unable to comfort a person whose relative was likely in hell, has driven his diversion from the truth. neccessity is the mother of invention.
  3. Jimmy the Greek

    Jimmy the Greek Puritan Board Senior

    I've never heard of him. He's not a theologian. Maybe his book is not seen as deserving a scholarly Reformed response. His supposed "Christian" universalism is nothing new, nor, I would suppose, are his arguments.

    However, if he has some unique arguments and his book indeed becomes popular, then I would hope to see some Reformed answers come out.
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