“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead” (Proverbs 21:16, KJV).
Both Unitarianism and Universalism were offshoots from early Christianity. Universalism made an early appearance on the scene even in the 1st century. They believed that no person would ever be condemned by God and that there would be no hell; though hell was taught by Jesus more than almost any other subject. The first Unitarians appeared around the 2nd or 3rd century. They believed that Jesus was an “entity sent by God on a divine mission” but they did not believe Jesus was God or that God was triune as we see fully revealed in the New Testament. Both belief systems seemed to take root in America by the late 1700s.
“Avoid the profane chatter and absurdities of so-called ‘knowledge.’ By professing it, some have strayed from the faith” (1 Timothy 6:20-21).