By Ron Kempen, Gospel Light Ministries
This month I’m writing another article about the Unitarian Universalist Church. I did one some time ago, but due to a realization that it currently rivals the Islamic faith in growth, I am compelled to write another.
To begin with, I recently read some alarming words in 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
We are to avoid these people. Why? I wondered. And are there really people such as this? The answer is yes! One only has to go to a Unitarian Universalist place of worship for proof. The reader probably doesn’t think there really are people like these verses describe in what we would call a “church,” but let’s look at what Unitarian Universalists believe to see if there is any similarity between them and the people Scripture tells us to turn away from.
Checking out this website, http://www.uua.org/beliefs/, I noticed that its home page statement says this: “Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world. Newcomers are always welcome in Unitarian Universalist congregations. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.”
Many people are pretty happy to know they are welcomed in a place such as this. But I’d be alarmed at their statement because it sounds very much like the 2 Timothy verses quoted earlier. Where this passage mentions the word “unholy,” this certainly applies if there is no surrendering of one’s will to God’s way. “Lovers of themselves” seems to fit in well with Unitarian Universalism’s description of itself as “a religion that celebrates diversity of belief.” If you can believe whatever you want based upon what makes you feel good, and let everyone believe their own way too, aren’t you placing yourself before God? Aren’t you loving your ways more than God’s ways? God’s Word tells us that we should deny ourselves and follow Him and His ways (Matthew 16:24). If everyone has their own special beliefs, then how can there be any agreement on how one gets to heaven? Frankly, it sounds like one of those “ear-tickling” messages spoken of in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” As I’ve said in so many other articles about false religions, the Unitarian Universalists may be sincere, but they are sincerely mistaken.
Let’s look at the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism under the microscope of God’s Word being truth (John 17:17) and God’s Word being “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the following:
1) The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2) Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3) Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4) A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5) The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6) The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7) Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
These principles seem somewhat logical on the surface. But under the microscope of God’s Word, we can spot the biggest fallacy of all of these; that is, they all depend on man with no mention of or dependence upon God, and man simply cannot function very long or even correctly without Jesus. For example, the first principle mentions a person’s worth and dignity; yet we know people are forever falling short of the will of God and that the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). And the fourth principle has to do with being free to search for the truth; yet they deny the Word of God which is truth.
In coming up with their seven principles, Unitarian Universalists draw from many sources:
• Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
• Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
• Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
• Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
• Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
• Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
UU doctrine states, “These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.”
There is a missing piece in all deceptive religions, and Unitarian Universalism is no exception. This religion allows everyone to “feel good” regardless of their beliefs. There is no accountability for each individual’s sin; no explanation for how sin separates everyone from God’s gift of eternal life; and no addressing the one and only solution to remedy and reconcile people to God. God’s Word tells us that one must believe in the finished work of Jesus crucified on Calvary’s cross. Furthermore, it shows what is and what isn’t acceptable to God from His viewpoint. First Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God?”
Before anyone questions our “type” of God, read this: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others” (Ephesians 2:1-3). The difference is the heartfelt commitment of one that submits his life to the things of the Lord and accepts the gift given by Jesus Christ. This involves denying what everyone else lives by, including the Unitarian Universalists -- the sin nature within. Do you really want to try to get right with God or try to get to heaven by doing it the Unitarian Universalist way with their humanistic, earth-centered traditions and teachings, and using mere science as a resource?
Perhaps this article will help you understand your need to turn to Jesus Christ for true salvation before you get too entwined in the deceptions of Unitarian Universalism