I’ve been unable to find if this has been addressed on this site so sorry if this has already been asked/dealt with. This text is most quoted in the “Argument of Humility” thread by auggybendoggy in this discussion affirmative section but this specific question is not touched.
But when I’m discussing UR with Christians and the wonderful prophecy (can’t it be a prophecy?) of Phil 2:10 and 11 comes up – “Every knee will bow… and Every tongue will confess” – it’s amazing how many reply something like this;
“Oh sure they confess, but they don’t ‘really mean’ it; it is a confession forced from them and not real.”
To me this seems just a fanciful way of dismissing an obvious text; besides, isn’t it kinda goofy (you can tell I’m no theologian; they don’t use words like “goofy”!) to lump all confessions together – free and forced – as if even false and forced worship can mix right in with sincere and willful worship?? As if that’s something to celebrate?
Or they will dismiss it (one would think that this text would be emphatically embraced as is!) with a reference to James 2:19 where even the demons believe and it scares them. So confession is demeaned as mere mental assent to a fact and not as humble realization and embrace of Christ as saviour and Lord.
I sense that this idea of confession as forced and therefore insincere and invalid is simply imported from out of nowhere to avoid the implications of Universal Restoration.
Any help with this text from the theologically savvy?