Faith of Universalists
From: Utica Evangelical Magazine - April 5, 1828
- We believe in one supreme, eternal self existent God, infinite in
wisdom, power and goodness, possessed of every possible perfection which
can render His character amiable, reverend, exalted and glorious; Whose
name and Whose nature are love; that He is the creator of all worlds and
beings, "good unto all, and his tender mercies over all his works."
(1 Cor. 8:6; Ps. 145:9).
- We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ -- that he is the "mediator
between God and men, who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in
due time" -- that "the Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the
world;" and to this end Christ "was crucified upon the cross --
arose from the dead on the third day -- ascended on high" -- and will,
eventually, "see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied," when
He shall have "reconciled all things unto himself, throught the blood of
his cross, whether they be things in heaven or things on earth; and
deliver up the kingdom to God the Father, that God may be all in all."
(1 Tim 2:5-6; 1 John 4:14; Rom. 14:9; Isa 53:11; Col 1:20; 1 Cor 8:6; 1 Cor
- We believe in the divine authenticity of the Scriptures of the Old and
New Testaments -- that they are given by inspiration of God, and are
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for
instruction in righteousness, that the servants of GOd may be throroughly
furnished unto all good works." (2 Tim 3:16-17).
- We believe that God, as the moral governor of the universe, will
bestow righteous and equitable rewards and punishments upon all mankind,
according to their several characters or deserts; but that all punishment
will be remedial, and consequently linited. (2 Cor 5:10; Col 3:25; 1 Pet
4:5; Rev 20:12-13; Psa 89:30, 33; Heb 12:5, 11).
- We believe, according to the divine doctrine and preaching of Christ
and His apostles, that repentance toward God for our sins, faith in our
Lord Jesus Christ, and love to God and our fellow creatures, are means of
grace appointed by God, and essential to our salvation, happiness, and
glory. (Matt 4:17; Matt 22:37, 40; Mark 1:15; Acts 3:19; Heb 11:6).
- In regard to baptism, we believe it the duty of every one to follow
the dictates of his or her conscience, leaving each to judge, both of the
subject and mode of baptism, as shall seem most consistent with Scripture
- We believe that "the grace of God that bringeth salvation to all
men, teacheth us, that denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should
live soberly, righteously and religiously in this present world" --
that we should "deal justly, love mercy, and walk humbly," doing
good to all men as we have opportunity, and practicing all those duties and
virtues recommended and inculcated in the Gospel: that we may thus be made
meet for the inheritance of the saints in glory, and prepared to sing the
praises of Immanuel in the midst of the paradise of God. (Tit 2:11, 12; Mic