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There is a Godly

There is a Godly fear:

Hebrews 12:28 KJV
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

There is a proper fear:

Philippians 2:12 KJV
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

There are those who God does not correct and they are called bastards:

Hebrews 12:8 KJV
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons

Christians will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ only. The Book of Life is opened at the Great White Throne Judgment to prove that those who are lost are not written in the book. It is an indictment against them. Proof without a doubt.

I am saying that someone is lying and it is either me or the author. Someone is preaching another gospel. It is either me or the author. Someone better be working out their salvation with fear because someone is wrong. We cannot both be right. I do not need to read a book to understand the Word of God. You are asking me to do the same thing you are saying is the problem:

“The difference is that we often read scripture with a certain understanding of them already in place. Therefore while we read the words the meaning we receive from them may be different.”

You are saying I must read a book to have the Word of God set straight for me?

I can read Thessalonians and find the words “in flaming fire taking vengeance” in verse 8 followed by verse 9 “punished with everlasting destruction [separated] from the presence of the Lord…” This passage does not at all sound like the teachings of Mr. Stephens’ universal salvation.
2 Thessalonians 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:12That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I think at this point I will agree to disagree with you.