“Universalism saves by what it affirms rather than what it denies. We may deny that God is a tyrant; but there is no redemptive potency in that. We must believe that he is a Father before our hearts can go out to him in filial love. We may deny that God can ever by any possibility hate any of his children, be they ever so sinful; but such denial has no power to awaken a soul to a sense of its sinfulness, and to press home effectually the claims of God upon its loyalty, and the supremacy of its love.
We must believe in his great sacrifice on the cross before we can fully arouse from our stupor, forsake our sins, and turn in tearful penitence to the cross. So true it is that only in the positive teachings of our faith does redepemtive force reside.”
–Rev. Calvin Damon