Are Those Who Never Hear the Gospel Sent to Hell?

(Today’s post by Marc Cannon)

Revelation 20:11-15

CrowleyHellSome years back, maybe 6 or 7, I was at a point in my life when I didn’t know exactly how much I believed about the bible was relative, just interpretation, fairytales, or if portions of it even happened or had any truth to it at all. The story, my story, continues through several more years of wondering around in a fog and my own agenda, which admittedly I still do more often than not these days. If you want a metaphorical reference to my life from my early twenties up until just a few years ago (I’m 39); I’m a sheep who went astray from green pastures to feed in a briar patch. In that briar patch I lost my identity and lived more like goat, I lost the safety of the flock and the guide of the shepherds hook. I lost the will to seek God’s will and my vision of His character became clouded.

Several questions over that time in my life caused my faith to wane and they’re the usual questions we hear all the time:

  • If God is a loving God, why do bad things happen to good people?
  • If God is perfect and He created all things, why is there evil?
  • What about science and its apparent contradiction to there being a God?

Those are all questions that I wrestled with and still wrestle with at times. But one question really bothered me and up until a couple of weeks ago I really didn’t know how to answer that question. There are people that struggle with questions like these and it stunts their faith; it did mine. They’re not easily answered and the truth is often hard to accept. I’ve heard from Believers who have views on both sides of the fence to this question, and who truly have trouble with this portion of God’s character: The answer is found in the scriptures and it’s clear: Matthew 28:16-20 which culminates into Revelation 20:11-15.

Are those who never hear the Gospel sent to hell?

There is usually a cold silence after that question is asked to a group of believers. The next small group you attend or the next time you’re at dinner, ask that question and see how diverse the answers are. The truth is seemingly harsh but it’s the truth and it actually shows the separation between God’s Holiness and our fallen nature.

In this portion of Revelation judgment comes, not to those who have just heard the Gospel, but to all. You are either in the Book of Life, or you’re not. Matthew chapter 28 Jesus, by all authority in Heaven, commissions 11 disciples to go to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. His commission is ubiquitous. If God accepted those who have never heard the Gospel, then why would He tell us to go and reach those who haven’t heard the Gospel? We could sit at home and read our Bibles and sip tea at 10 & 2, take a nap and watch the news which is full of evil and have the security that those people may go to heaven, if they haven’t heard the Gospel.

I’ve heard people ask this question, “Why worry about it, shouldn’t we let God be God, that’s His decision not ours?”
Yes, we should “Let” God be God and He’s told us to Reach the World.

As believers we get caught up in a lot of things. We get caught up in “Church”, chasing money, being “good”, charitable for show, living 2 sides of a coin, or just life in general…Whatever it may be. For a believer, saved person, Christian, it doesn’t matter what term you want to use, we will one day stand before Him and our names will be read out of the Book of Life and that will be glorious!

And if anyone’s name is not written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

Those who never place their faith in Jesus sadly will not have their name read from the Book of Life.

We were given a commission by our Savior to reach every soul so that every name could be read from the Book of Life, how are you participating in that commission?

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