Optimistic Outline

Optimism Out of Control, A Clarification of the Gospel by Jeff Martin

I am not the first to leap for joy over this awesome news!

The Apostle Paul said, "Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father," (Philippians 2:-11 WEB).


The Pastor Watchman Nee said, "God...held council with His Son even before the foundation of the world so as to have His Son come down and go to the cross in order to reconcile all things back to himself, rescue fallen mankind, and resolve the rebellion of Satan," (God's Plan and the Overcomers, Nee).


The poet George MacDonald said, "Every atonement that God cares for; and the work of Jesus Christ on earth was the creative atonement, because it works atonement in every heart. He brings and is bringing God and man, and man and man, into perfect unity: 'I in them and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one... Justice then requires that sin should be put an end to; and not that only, but that it should be atoned for... but there is no refuge from the love of God; that love will, for very love, insist upon the uttermost farthing," (Justice, MacDonald).


The statesman Abraham Lincoln said, "It is everybody or nobody," (Unity, Volumes 13-14, Lincoln when questioned who would ultimately be in Heaven). "I believe the will of God prevails. Without Him all human reliance is vain. Without the assistance of His divine Being, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Being a humble instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father, I desire that all my works and acts may be according to His will; and that it may be so, I give thanks to the Almighty, and seek His aid," (The Creed of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words, Wood).  "[All that was lost by the transgression of Adam was made good by the atonement: all that was lost by the fall was made good by the sacrifice - Cogdal]," (The Almost Chosen People, Wolf)


The writer Madeleine L'Engle said, "All will be redeemed in God's fullness of time, all, not just the small portion of the population who have been given the grace to know and accept Christ. All the strayed and stolen sheep. All the little lost ones," (A Stone for a Pillow, L'Engle).


And even the entertainer P.T. Barnum said, "I believe that finally every created soul will be drawn, not forced, to choose to seek, and when he chooses to seek will be helped to find eternal life. I have no knowledge of place or time. I have the great hope ... I base my hope on ... the attributes of God, ... the office and character of Jesus Christ, ... the trend of Scripture," (Why I am a Universalist, Barnum).


The Apostle, the pastor, the poet, the statesman, the writer, and the entertainer above have all agreed that Jesus Christ is your savior, my savior, and the savior of all mankind.  Following is my defense of the same.  The publication is available for free here at DGJC.ORG/OPTIMISM and various locations online. If possible, read the supporting articles referenced throughout the book also found here at DGJC.ORG.  The next and previous page links are at the page bottom.  The book outline is below and on the right sidebar.  You can use the book outline links to jump directly to particular pages, but I recommend reading the pages in sequence.  Also, if possible, read the supporting articles referenced throughout the book.

1. Optimism Abstract
2. Salvation Inception
3. Christendom Confusion
4. A Thought
5. Let's Celebrate!
6. Wait Another Minute!
7. Eternal Destiny
8. Evangelism & Discipleship
9. Optimism Study Guide
10. Appendix