Basic

Restrictivism God doesn’t everyone to be saved!

Exclusivism God wants everyone to be saved but has left it to the Church John 14:6 Acts 4:12 1 Tim 2:4 Love, Justice, Respect for Freedom Exalts name of Jesus Christ Respects human freedom

Inclusivism God wants everyone to be saved and has left it to Church and His Spirit (in this life) John 12:32 Acts 10:43 Acts 14:17 Love, Contingency Emphasizes God’s work to save all Salvation of people doesn’t depend entirely on Church and doesn’t limit God’s methods May reduce motivation to evangelise Ambiguous about status of other religions

Biblical Texts God’s Attributes Emphasized Benefits

John 14:6 Acts 4:12 Rom 8:30 Power, Sovereignty Exalts God’s glory and right to do whatever He wants

Divine Perseverance God wants everyone to be saved and His Spirit will assure that everyone is evangelised (even after or just before death) John 5:25, 1Cor 15:19 1 Peter 3:18-4:6 Love, Perseverance Salvation of people doesn’t depend entirely on Church and doesn’t limit God’s methods Maintains centrality of the name of Jesus Christ May reduce motivation to evangelise

Universalism Everyone will be saved

Romans 5:18 1Cor 15:22-28 1 John 2:2 All-conquering love Exalts God’s ability to save all, regardless of what humans choose

Problems

Neglects goodness and love of God Human choice is irrelevant

Salvation of people depends on church (and all her weakness) Multitudes condemned due to no fault of their own

Human choice also irrelevant! Sin could be neglected