The subtle motive behind Universalism is a desire to “polish off the sharp edges” of Jesus and the Gospel, says Rick McKinley, lead pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR. The only way we can subscribe to Universalism is by reducing Christ to a mechanism. In that, we overlook the complexity of God’s perfect love and judgement.
He references ::
• John 2:1-11 Jesus turns water into wine
• Mark 11:15-19 Jesus cleanses the temple