What Happens to Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel?

Episode 553 Show Notes 

From the Show

We need to remember that God is good. I think that there is a more severe judgment for those who have heard about Jesus and rejected him than for those who have not heard about Jesus. Jesus seems to indicate in the Gospels that we are judged to the degree that we know and reject the truth. When people in far off lands who don’t know God are searching after him, God does not just leave them, per se. I think of the soldier Cornelius in Acts 10. He didn’t know the name of Jesus but he was praying and crying out to God, and what did God do? He sent Peter to him. This is why missions is so important. God is advancing his word, his gospel, through faithful missionaries, and God is sending them to places where the name of Jesus has not yet been heard. God is just and is good, and is calling all people everywhere to turn to him and his Son, Jesus.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Does John 9:2 teach that it is possible to sin in the womb?

2. Do denominations matter? I’m a Christian that trusts in Jesus alone but I can’t decide on a church because of so many different beliefs, which scares me because I’m worried about being misled.

3. Is it a sin to enjoy alcohol?

4. How can God be just when folks who have never heard about Jesus are not able to have the opportunity to respond to the gospel?


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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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