While the idea of universal salvation is rapidly invading our churches these days, the Bible repeatedly talks about a distinction between two groups of people. For example:
Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him (Malachi 3:18).
And this is not merely an Old Testament idea. Jesus, likewise, declares that there are only two groups of people in this world:
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left (Matthew 25:31-33).
Jesus then goes on to proclaim two vastly different destinations for those two groups of people. For the righteous sheep who serve God:
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34).
And for the wicked goats who do not serve him:
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life (Matthew 25:46).
One can find many a preacher and teacher who will deny these clear teachings. But following them puts your eternal destiny in jeopardy.