Saviour of All Fellowship
April 2000
Dear Friends in Faith,
THE LOVE OF GOD:
Tony questions: Can we outlove God? The common conception is that we must love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul while at the same time knowing that God does not love us with the same love He requires of us. Our love for God is supposed to be unconditional while at the same time we are supposed to believe that God's love for us and mankind is conditional. God (it is believed) wants us to love our enemies and our associates as ourselves, while at the same time we are, in no uncertain terms supposed to believe that we are held over the pit of hell by a very thin thread which could break at the least resistance hurtling us into some sort of eternal torture and damnation. Is it any wonder why the vast majority of common folk are incensed at this double speak? Is it any wonder that Christians are scoffed at and the God they serve blasphemed? Yet, if we really take at face value what is clearly written in the Scriptures we see that God loves us unconditionally. This type of love is brought out in the evangel in that “The love of Christ is constraining us, judging this, that, if One died for the sake of all, consequently all died. And He died for the sake of all . . .” (1 Cor.5:14). But is God's love conditional seeing that He is going to judge the nations as to how they treated Christ's brethren in Matthew 25:31-46? The goat nations enter into eonian chastening. Yet we are assured that “whom the Lord loves He chastens.” God's love for all mankind is unconditional.

AN OLD STORY:
    It is said that when certain ecclesiastical leaders in the 1770’s incessantly complained to the king of Prussia about a clergyman teaching universal salvation in their area, he finally reluctantly agreed to depose the minister, commenting: “Since your articles of faith would have it so, I cannot hinder the people of your town from being eternally damned.”

CONFERENCES:
Our April Fellowship will be merged with the monthly meeting sponsored by our friends in southern Ontario on April 8 starting at 11:00 A.M. This will be held at Glenacres Baptist Church annex, 223 Hartwood Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Dean Hough is the scheduled speaker. The May Fellowship will be at the same location on May 13, but starting earlier, at 9:30 (with several speakers scheduled). For further information phone Harry Watts. Also this month, a conference is scheduled for April 28-30 in Melbourne, Florida
    Looking ahead to May, besides the Waterloo meeting mentioned above, there will be a conference in Sudbury, Ontario, May 5-7, with J. P. speaking. We have also received notice of a “conference on universal reconciliation” in Americus, Georgia, with the theme “The Pursuing Love of God.” This will be held on the Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29. For more information contact: Sanders Thornburgh or Ellie Castle. This will be held at the grounds of Koinonia Community.

In His God’s and Peace

Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser

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