R.L. Dabney writes:
“If the reader expects from so scholarly a source something new and better than the staple arguments of ordinary Universalists, he will be mistaken. He gives us only the old exegesis, in the main, so often refuted, and the old, erroneous ground-view of God’s moral government, as utilitarian. In this brief review no attempt will be made to refute his points in detail; only the salient peculiarities of the book can be briefly noticed. We cannot honestly withhold the judgment that this book is foolish, uncandid, and mischievous. Its attempts at argument are weak and self-contradictory, its misrepresentations are patent, and its tendencies are to lull impenitent men into a false security, by the delusive prospect of repentance after death. For instance, the orthodox doctrine is uniformly painted as including the everlasting damnation of a majority of the human family, immensely larger than the number of the saved. If Canon Farrar knew enough to entitle him to preach on this subject, he ought to have known that all the orthodox believe just the opposite. Although at some evil time or place the reprobate may outnumber the saved, they hold that by virtue of the redemption of the infants dying in infancy (nearly half the race) and of the teeming millennial generations, the major part of the race will ultimately be gathered into heaven, so that mercy shall boast itself against judgment” (R.L. Dabney, Discussions; bold emphasis mine–CD).
I cite this to show the reasoning some use to conclude that “the major part of the race will ultimately be gathered into heaven, so that mercy shall boast itself against judgment.”
I assume Dabney is alluding to James 2:13 when he says that “mercy shall boast itself against judgment.” So, Dabney, is the triumph of mercy over judgment in Jesus Christ about great numbers, or is it about great efficacy? For Dabney, it is NOT about great efficacy since he believes in a cross of NO EFFECT.
The following article describes Jesus Christ’s triumph of mercy over judgment on behalf of all whom He represented: