What Happens to People Who Never Heard the Gospel?

How are people who never hear the gospel saved?
How are people who never hear the gospel saved?

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:14

The Lord Jesus Christ saved me over 12 years ago. During that time I’ve wrestled with many biblical difficulties but I’ve encountered one over and over…

What happens to people, say someone who died in a remote jungle from an unknown tribe long ago? Or someone who never got the proper opportunity to respond to Christ as you or I would…

God is merciful and we can be assured that in His justice he will never just arbitrarily condemn someone for what they never knew as scoffers suggest. That being said, I always remind people of this, regardless of who has or hasn’t heard the gospel – absolutely no one will find admittance into heaven apart from their sins being remitted through Christ’s sacrifice.

This is to instantly kill the new age notion that there alternate paths of salvation. And keep in mind that those who hear the good news and reject it will be judged more severely than those who have never heard.

But on what basis would God graciously forgive sinners? For us who have heard the gospel we received that saving grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

It would also seem that God due to Christ’s sacrifice could grant forgiveness and saving grace to someone who never had the opportunity to receive the gospel as you or I. An aborted child, a young person who dies without knowledge of the gospel, someone who is mentally handicapped… there are many good examples. These all receive saving grace but not on the basis of their goodness or innocence.

The Shepherd’s Chapel and others resolve this problem by appealing to Christ’s activity while in the grave (for those before the cross) or to another opportunity to get things right in the millennium. Both of these have serious problems.

A second chance millennium is not required and to teach people that this is how God resolves this conundrum is dangerous. It implies that what is done in this life is of little or no consequence.

I have stated in a previous post that those who take the mark of the beast will be slain in the judgments that attend the return of Christ.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ you will partake of the resurrection at that time.

Many passages in the NT inform us that the “elect” are fixed group whom God knows from the beginning and has predetermined. If that is the case (and I believe it is) then the problem is quickly resolved for us at least – but I’m sure the unconvinced will need a better explanation as to how God saves those who haven’t heard.

Suppose one of these “elect” never heard the gospel? God could still grant salvation on the basis of what Christ has done… maybe God comes to these people at the time of death and reveals himself personally? Maybe on Judgment Day He simply sees their name in book and that’s that? Who knows.

That having been said, I believe God will move heaven and earth to give the elect an opportunity to know the truth. However, the problem today is hyper-saturation of the gospel. People have had MANY opportunities to accept the gospel and to at least seek it out. These people are not ignorant as Murray would have us believe – according to him these poor deceived souls who reject Christ will receive a chance in the millennium after Antichrist deceives them.

The Chapel underestimates the rebellion and wickedness of man.

Also, think of the innocent, I like to use the example of David’s child who died. David was assured the child would be in heaven? On what basis? The child didn’t deserve salvation by virtue of his innocence. The child was granted admittance into heaven on the basis of Christ sacrifice. God graciously applied Christ’s righteousness to the child’s account.

I would see this to be the case with all of the “elect” who have not had the opportunity to receive the gospel in the sense that you and I have.

Regarding the “non-elect” who didn’t hear the gospel in their natural life… I pity them, I really do – their wickedness will condemn them and God will be just in doing so…

 

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20 thoughts on “What Happens to People Who Never Heard the Gospel?

  1. Dennis Murray in answer to a question said that a person goes to hell if they die with unconfessed sin. No Baptist eternal security here. At least the works based Roman Catholic Church is not so hard, they have Purgatory. I wonder if Dennis brother who died suddenly had any unconfessed sin?

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      • Forgive my spelling. But I must point out that Dennis Murray does not teach people go to hell without baptism. I’ve seen him answer this question at least 5 times. ” What about the man who was crucified at the right side of Christ? The man who had not been baptized at all but met Christ on the cross who said unto him truly this day I shall see you in paradise.
        + ” Some people have never herd of Jesus. Some have gone to church all their lives but we’re never tought the truth. That’s why thankfully we have THE LORD’S DAY. AT THE 7th TRUMP ALL ARE TRANSFORMED INTO THEIR SPIRITUAL BODY IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE. CHRIST WILL TEACH WITH HIS OWN ELECT FOR 1,000 YEARS OF PERFECT PEACE WHEN THE LION WILL LAY DOWN WITH THE LAMB & MAN WILL CONVERT SWORDS INTO PLOWS & STUDY WAR NO MORE. ONLY THOSE WHO FALLOW SATAN AFTER HEARING CHRIST TEACH THROUGH HIS THOUSAND YEAR REIN. ONLY THOSE WHO WOULD DENY CHRIST AFTER THE LORD’S DAY WILL BE ERASED FROM THE BOOK OF LIFE.
        GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE. The SAVE FIRE THAT WAR MS THE HEART OF THE GOOD WILL ERASE EVIL FROM EXISTENCE AFTER THE LORD’S DAY= 1,000 years of Christ teaching truth to every soul ever born.

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      • i heard him say something totally different in the last couple of days. something that makes sense…like everything else Dennis and his Father have said.
        they SAY that we should repent our sins…not confess them one by one.
        it even talks somewhere in the Bible that we can repent like idk….300 something times a day!!!
        get real

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    • Seriously. You are going to bring Mr. Murray’s brother into this? Very pathetic. Take a second and think about what you wrote. Very poor taste. God bless you and God bless Shepherds Chapel.

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    • I have hurd Dennis answer this question MANY time’s.
      He always says ” What about the man who was crucified at the right hand side of Christ? He had not been baptized at all. He only just met Jesus Christ on the cross. Christ said ” Surly i say unto you on this very day I shall see you in paradise” +
      ” Many people have never even herd of Jesus Christ teach or known his name. Others may have attend church all their lives but are not tought the truth. Thankfully we will have The Lord’s Day. 1,000 year’s of perfect peace & teaching from Christ. at the 7th trump every one who ever lived will transform into spiritual bodies in the blink of an eye as Christ returns for THE DAY OF THE LORD. ONLY THOSE WHO REJECT CHRIST AFTER THIS 1,000 years of teaching & witnessing from Christ himself will be erased from the book of life. Everyone else will be saved, every knee will bow & toung will confess CHRIST IS KING OF KINGS & LORD OF LORD’S. “

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      • This is where you’re very wrong – a future millennium is not where God settles all these issues. In fact, I will post an article on it soon… premillennialism isn’t biblical in the least… when Christ returns it will be Judgment Day.

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  2. i am reading up on Arnold Murray because my Grandmother and my aunt and cousins all began following him within the last two to three years. my cousin said that she” believes he teaches the truth because for our 91 year old grandmother to change beliefs is a huge deal and she studies the bible so i trust her.”
    i used to watch him but stopped because i have heard him say too many things that contradict his own words and things that just dont sit right with me.
    we were brought up missionary baptist and the basics were taught well and the rest was toxic. too much to explain and not needed. i have decided in the last 10 years to put aside labels and religion. i have a relationship with God.
    if anyone has any other information on his false teachings that i can show my Grandmother and my family please share.
    feel free to contact me snsyanez8@sbcglobal.net

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  3. If Calvinism is to be believed then these scriptures and many others are disingenuous, completely false. In Genesis 4 Cain is clearly given the opportunity to be accepted if he chose to do the right thing. He had to have know what was expected and also be able to comply. Was God’s offer to him a lie? It would be if only the “elect” could respond to God’s call.

    Jesus made this statement, (Luke 10:12-14) But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. Now those in Tyre and Sidon must not be the “elect” because they refused to repent and are long since dead and awaiting judgment. Calvinist doctrine states that salvation is predestined by the irresistible election of God. How then could a greater revelation of truth have made a difference. Jesus said this only because salvation is a free will choice in response to the revelation God has given.

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  4. Hello children of the one true living God, please pray that you will be accounted worthy to escape the hour of temptation that is going to come upon the entire world. And pray that you will also be accounted worthy to stand in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

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  5. The only unforgivable sin is denying Christ right?
    If we are truely saved we will ask forgiveness of our sins and try to live a Christian life bit no one will ever get it down perfectly. We sin every day.
    I believe the meaning “die in our sins” means if we have never accepted Christ as our Saviour.

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