What About Those Who Have Never Heard The Gospel?
How Can God Be Just In Their Condemnation?
First, God can be just in their condemnation because they are all guilty. All have sinned (Romans 3:23).
But the love of God offers an invitation to all, even though all have rebelled against Him and against righteousness (Romans 5:8). How does He offer this invitation?
He has poured out His Spirit on everyone (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17).
His Spirit convinces everyone of sin (what’s wrong), of righteousness (what’s right), and of judgment (accountability) (John 16:8).
His Spirit is near to everyone, for in Him we live, move, and have our being. He is so near to everyone of us that we can feel for Him and find Him (Acts17:27-28).
If we respond rightly to His Spirit, as we are dealt with about sin, righteousness, and judgment, then we are appointed to salvation (Acts 13:48).
God’s ways are so much more lofty than ours.
Everyone who has come into this world has sinned and has been ministered to by God Himself. His Spirit speaks to all. In Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and all over this world He is continually dealing with sinners about their situation. If they continue to rebel they will be judged accordingly. If they are receptive to Him, He brings them the knowledge of Jesus and what He has done.
He has commissioned the church to make this gospel available to all. Often He uses the church, but at times He intervenes in super natural ways, as He did with the Apostle Paul (Acts 9). There are varying reason why the church cannot be always used. Often those responding rightly are in countries or societies closed to the gospel. Sometimes they are in very remote places. Nevertheless, all over this world people are being brought the gospel message. Often the church brings the message, but often it comes in very super natural ways. Creditable sources are constantly reporting such.
It is so exciting to read the reports given by The Jesus Film Project or The Voice Of The Martyrs, of their efforts and the mighty supernatural interventions of our God in bringing people to the knowledge of Christ Jesus.
People who never hear, wouldn’t hear. People who will hear, do hear.