Lemuel Haynes: Universal Salvation, An Ancient False Doctrine

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Lemuel Haynes was a Revolutionary War soldier and a pastor in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. He was also an African American preacher who preached to largely white congregations in the North East. He was the first African American ordained and also awarded an honorary master’s degree in North America.

This sermon, “Universal Salvation – An Ancient [False] Doctrine” came following a sermon at his church minutes before by a Universalist. When asked if Lemuel Haynes had anything to say, he delivered this off the cuff but scathing attack. Yet in a way that was fully biblical and never specifically mentioned whom he was referring to.

Special thanks to Vermon Pierre for reading this episode of Revived Thoughts. He is the lead pastor for preaching and mission at Roosevelt Community Church, in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of Gospel Shaped Living, which is part of the Gospel Shaped Church curriculum published by The Good Book Company and The Gospel Coalition. Locally, Vermon serves as President of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation and as a board member for The Gospel Coalition Arizona and The Surge Network.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Vermon and his wife Dennae live in downtown Phoenix and have four children.  

Click below to read the sermon “Universal Salvation – An Ancient False Doctrine,” by Lemuel Haynes

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