Jesus: The Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? by John PiperIf the evangelical church at large was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus. In Jesus, the Only Way to God, John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation.
How Will God Judge Someone Who Has Never Heard the Gospel?
What Happens To People That Have Not Heard The Gospel Of Jesus?
The question concerning the fate of those who have never heard the gospel is a perennial one. Since the day of Pentecost, whole populations and ethnic groups have lived and died without ever having an opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ's offer of salvation. Even at the dawn of the 21st century, there are pockets of humanity who have yet to have the gospel delivered to them. How does the Bible address the question concerning those who, through no fault of their own, have never heard the gospel? It should come as no surprise that Christendom is by no means unified on this issue.
Thanks for writing in. This indicates that we all only have one life in which to respond to the Gospel. With that in mind, here are a few principles which help us to think through this difficult issue. Scripture teaches that we do not enter the world as morally neutral entities, but we are sinful from our very conception Psalm One of my colleagues points out that any parent of small children sees this in action!
Also, what about other cultures during the time of the Israelites? Since this is the heart position and desire of God, it is difficult for us to understand how and why he can then sentence members of humanity to eternal damnation. God must do this because he is not only loving, righteous, and merciful, but also just. These questions come from a knowledge that God has provided a way out from eternal death, and that is through having faith in Jesus Christ. But what about those who have not heard about Jesus to have faith in him?