Brethren; Last Friday I attended a lecture at an OPC church given by Professor Michael McClymond of St Louis University who has written a new book, The Devil's Redemption. The book is a response to Rob Bell's Love Wins. It is a scholarly, two volume work dealing with the issue of Christian universalism. In the book he deals with such issues as Gnosticism, Origen, Jakob Bohme, a mystic who influenced many, including Hegel, and many proponents of universalism, not only Bell, but Karl Barth, who leaned towards some form of universalism towards the end of his career, and Paul Tillich, Jurgen Moltmann and others. His thesis is that we are living in an age of widespread moral decline and collapse. "At this time of moral and spiritual emergency in the USA and throughout much of the world, Christian universalism is a false gospel offering false hope." When I first heard that the topic of discussion was on universalism I almost got up and left the church but since I had driven half an hour to get there I decided to stay. I am glad I did. I found it all fascinating, once, when the professor was discussing Gnosticism, I commented that the whole thing sounded like something out of Star Trek. Shane Rosenthal, the producer of the White Horse Inn, was there in attendance and is promoting the book.