What About Those Who Have Never Heard The Gospel?

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

~ Romans 1:18-20

From Caleb,

Would God really send those who have never heard the Gospel to hell? Let’s talk about it, because this a question that believers and non-believers share alike!

Let’s look at an example…

Hunter: “Do all people really go to hell if they don’t confess Jesus Christ as their Savior?”

Alice: “God makes it pretty clear throughout scripture that all have fallen short of glory and that the wages of sin is death. I would recommend taking a close look at the book of Romans.”

Hunter: “Yeah. I get that. I know all that stuff. But let’s just say, for example, there was a guy on a remote island, and no one knew he was there, so no one could share the Gospel with him. This guy, when he died, would he go to hell?”

Alice: “Sadly, yes. But let me explain why…”

“But let me explain why…”

I’m sure that our friend Alice would answer somewhat along these lines: The truth is yes, and God makes it clear through the apostle Paul why in Romans chapter 1. 

From Romans, we are shown that these people, even though they have never heard about God, have already had the truth and knowledge of God revealed to them through creation by God himself. Because he has so obviously demonstrated himself through everything that exists, God tells us that these people are “without excuse”. 

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This means everyone, no matter the circumstance, is separated from God, and without trusting in Christ to save us from our sins, we will spend eternity separated from him. This even includes the person on the island that has never had the opportunity to hear about Christ.

“Some may think that this is simply a hypothetical situation, its normal, but it’s not, this is real life for 3.14 billion people.”

Some may think that this is simply a hypothetical situation, its normal, but it’s not, this is real life for 3.14 billion people. There are 3.14 billion people that haven’t even heard the name of Jesus, so you need to keep that in mind when answering this question. Most people, when they ask this question are waiting for you to say that they will go to hell, that way they can, essentially, roast you by saying “See! God is an angry, unjust God! How could he call himself good and loving when he does stuff like that!”

Be prepared to answer that response. My reply to that would then simply be that by God doing this, he is able to call himself just and holy. He is just because he puts in place consequences for sin. He is holy because sin cannot exist in his presence. Sin cannot exist in his presence because he is perfect and without fault. He is light, and in him and around him there can be no darkness. However, he has made a way for us to be made right with him. Based on this, you can say that he is both just and good. 

Not only has he made a way for us to be restored back to him, but he has also made it abundantly clear through creation. Because he has made it clear through things such as creation, Paul says these people have no excuse for the sin in their hearts. These people are still guilty of sin, and God cannot be in the presence of sin. As Christians, this knowledge should break our hearts. This should motivate us in our walk to share the Gospel unconditionally with people in our nation and abroad. This is Christ’s grand design!

The Woman at the Window

From Caleb,

For those of you that don’t know, I work in the fast food industry. It’s awesome! I genuinely love where I work, and I love the people I get to work with; they’re just absolutely a blast, even when you’re having a bad day. But that has all together nothing to do with what I’m talking about! It is merely the setting for what I’m telling you today.

At my restaurant, there is a position called “window”. While you work the window, all you have to do is make sure the right person gets the right food and then pays for it. It’s quite simple, but it can be quite fast pace sometimes just like everything at the restaurant. Which is perfect, I love fast; however, you are constantly reaching out of the window and back in to the window. Needless to say, it’s not my most favorite position so I wasn’t thrilled when I found out that I was working 7 hours straight on window.

Little did I know, the Lord would wreck that mindset. I prayed before I began to work that the Lord would allow me to make an impact on those around me right where I am. When you pray for opportunities like that, he will deliver.

One of the cool things about “window” though is that you seriously get the opportunity to talk to hundreds of people in one shift! When I say hundreds, I mean hundreds.

When I work window, I generally get into a “rhythm” where I have people in-and-out as fast as possible; however, with the next car pulling up to the window, my rhythm was broken.

I looked to the driver’s seat and began repeating the guest’s order back to them. When I looked into the car window, I saw a woman, quiet, timid, and with puffy eyes; it was apparent that she had been crying recently. Instantly, my heart broke for this woman. Then I looked to the back seat since all the windows in the vehicle were down. In the back seat there was a young girl that gave the same appearance as the woman up front.

I didn’t know what had been going on in their lives, but I started speaking encouragement to them through the drive through window. I then asked the woman if I could pray for her and her daughter. She said yes, so I leaned out the window and prayed for her then she drove off.

The Lord then convicted me. I had been disappointed to be working the position I was that day because I forgot that God has a purpose for everything that happens. I forgot that I had been sent to work that day.

I say all this to you to remind you that we have a purpose everywhere we go, and unless we are focused on Christ and eternity through it all, we will miss an opportunity to share the light of Jesus. Take advantage of every opportunity that the Lord has graciously set before you!

A New Type of Evangelism

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

~1 Peter 3:15

From Caleb –

So, last time I talked about why we need to start conversations about salvation with other people, but I also gave some simple ways to practice doing that. In this blog post, I want to pick up where I left off. I’m going to talk about how evangelism has changed and, because of that, so should our mind set. Let’s go through some key things to remember as the style of evangelism necessary changes.

1. Evangelism is not the first step…

Now a days, you can’t just sit down with your friend and be like “Yo. Have you heard of Jesus? Here’s why you should follow him! Let me take you through the ABCs or Romans Road!”. Could you do that…? I mean… yeah. You can. But it is not advised.

When you start a conversation off like this, it is often a major turn-off to the Gospel. How many times did Jesus in the New Testament walk up to people and just start by telling them how he was the hope for all man kind? None.

How did Jesus do it?

Jesus found ways to connect the Gospel to the things people were going through and what their situation was. The most classic example of this is Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus talked about how when she drinks from the water in the well she will always become thirsty once again. Then, Jesus says, “but if you drink from Living Water you will thirst no more”.

The woman was perplexed at first asking, “Will you give me this water?”, but the woman quickly discovered the truth, Jesus was the living water he was referring to. The woman then went on rejoicing and telling everyone she knew about what had happened and how the Messiah had come.

2.   They’re people too…

This is one of the biggest things to remember as you enter into a conversation with someone that you know you want to share the Gospel with; it seems kind of silly, but let me explain.

Once we make the decision in our minds to share the Gospel with a particular person, we start being little-box-checkers! Then, all that’s on your mind is “how can I talk about God?”. Well… THAT’S GREAT! But… Allow me to explain why it isn’t.

If you turn them into a box to check, all you’re worried about is saying “Jesus died for you!”. That’s great, but only if you are presently caring about them, sympathizing with them, and connecting with them.

People can sense the difference between having a conversation and simply trying to “convert” someone. Our goal is to do point #1. The Gospel message should be something that is so prevalent in our hearts that we can’t help but connect it to the circumstances we, and others, are in.

If you fail to care about what a person is going through and having a conversation with them, the Gospel will lose its effectiveness because the person will just ignore what you’re saying. You’re there to have a CONVERSATION not a PRESENTATION.

3. Apologetics + Evangelism = …

These two things added together equal what I am gonna call “Evangoletics”. Meaning, in this day and age, both are required to be ready when it comes to effectively communicating the Gospel.

Our goal at first is sharing Gospel and telling of the great sacrifice that Jesus had made for all people to cover their sins by the shedding of his blood. However, people have a lot of questions, and the culture we live in doubts the Bible. People think there’s no way it could possibly be true.

With people doubting the Bible, there are many questions and arguments people make against Christianity; this requires us to be ready to give an answer. This means we should have answers to peoples questions on things like abortion, homosexuality, transgender decisions, evolution, the Bible, and basic Christian doctrine.

Conclusion

Knowing atleast a little bit of those topics will go a long way in sharing and communicating the Gospel effectively to the people around us. I know the thought of needing an understanding of these things is overwhelming, but the good thing is, YOU CAN START SMALL! Everyone has to start somewhere; you can start learning at any time! It’s never to late to start, let that day be today!