The Christian Universalist Faith

Listed below are the basic fundamentals of Christian Universalist beliefs. For more detailed explanations of Christian Universalism as a complete Biblical system of faith, follow the links at the bottom of the page.

The Bible is the creed of the Christian Universalist

In this respect, the Christian Universalist beliefs are the same as most other Christians differing mainly in the one distinguishing doctrine of Christian Universalism which is concerned with the extent of God's love and the final results of His salvation.

The Distinguishing Doctrine of Christian Universalism

Christian Universalism, in its simple and proper theological sense, is the doctrine of universal salvation, universal reconciliation; or in other words, of the final holiness and happiness of all humans, to be effected by the grace of God, through the ministry of his Son, Jesus Christ.

But as the Christian Universalist beliefs have been, at various periods, much misrepresented by their opposers, a Profession of Belief, embracing those important points of doctrine in which most Christian Universalists are agreed, eventually became necessary. The first three articles were formulated in 1803 and is known as the Winchester Profession. This has been the basic and most widely used profession among those of the Christian Universalist faith since its conception. The fourth article was appended some years later to the basic profession by some Christian Universalists.

The Profession of Faith

Article 1. We believe, that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments contain a revelation of the character of God, and of the duty, interest, and final destination of mankind. 

Article 2. We believe there is one God, whose nature is love; revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of grace, who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness. 

Article 3. We believe, that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected; and that believers ought to maintain order, and practice good works, for these things are good and profitable unto men.

Article 4. 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 limited.
To simplify things even further, in 1899 a list of basic principles of the Christian Universalist faith was formulated. These principles are contained in the profession shown above.

The Principles

1. The Universal Fatherhood of God
2. The spiritual authority and leadership of His Son Jesus Christ
3. The trustworthiness of the Bible as containing a revelation from God
4. The certainty of just retribution for sin
5. The final harmony of all souls with God
In 1903 these principles were put into a form more usable in public worship as shown below.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty and Universal; and in Jesus Christ his Son, the true teacher, example, and Savior of the world.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the quickener and comforter of men.

I believe in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as a revelation of righteousness, truth and love.

I believe in the Holy Church Universal;
      in the communion of saints;
      in the certainty of punishment for transgression;
      in the forgiveness of sins;
      in the life immortal;
      in the final triumph of goodness and mercy;
      and in the union and harmony, at last, of all souls with God.