This is a brief answer to the question, "What about the people
who have never the gospel?" If you have ever asked this question,
you should listen to this one.
Here are the notes for this question:
What about the people who have never heard the gospel?
- It’s funny how much this question comes up. “What about that
old man on a mountain somewhere who doesn’t have a radio, TV,
internet, or anything like that?” It’s very common for people who
don’t want to be accountable to God to think of an extreme scenario
like this; and for some reason they think that they are excused
from that accountability because of it. When in fact, only those
who have heard the gospel ever ask this question, and they usually
ask it right when they are being witnessed to.
- Irrelevant to your situation
- What you need to realize is that whatever the answer to this
question is: it’s irrelevant to your situation. You are not
accountable for that rare person out there. You are accountable to
God for yourself. You may say, “Well, I can’t believe in a God who
would condemn someone like that to hell!” Again I tell you, what
you believe is irrelevant to your problem. God exists, He has a law
for man to obey, man has broken that law, and therefore he is
accountable to God who made him. How God runs things is irrelevant
to His existence and authority over you. But I tell you as someone
who knows Him personally, as all true Christians do, I believe with
all my heart, soul, mind, and strength that whatsoever He does is
good and perfect in wisdom and righteousness. I’ve learned that
- So here’s some things for you to consider:
- Man is accountable for his sin.
- God is the judge and soul lawgiver over the universe. He
created all things and governs all things directly or indirectly.
Therefore He is the only one with the authority to say what is
right and what is wrong. The Lord said, “But I say unto you, That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed
adultery with her already in his heart.” (Mat. 5:28) And no one has
the authority to contradict Him.
- The universe is the jurisdiction of God’s kingdom. You have
broken the laws of His kingdom and therefore must be punished for
Him to be a righteous King. This isn’t a democracy: God is the
Lawgiver (Isa. 33:22). God is good; therefore, He must punish that
which is wicked. He has declared certain things to be wicked by His
- “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom
of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1Cor.
- “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all
liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire
and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8)
- So you see man is a criminal in the court of a benevolent,
Holy, Just, and Righteous King who has never done a single thing to
cause man to rebel against Him. He is not innocent.
- It is not because he hasn’t believed something that he is
condemned: it is because of his actions. “For the wages of sin is
death” (Rom. 6:23) All who have sinned against God shall be brought
to judgment. “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with
every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
- There are two witnesses against man.
- The first witness against man, that he should have known
better, is Creation itself. Paul the Apostle says it this way, “For
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God
hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the
creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that
they are without excuse:” (Rom. 1:18-20)
- Just because of this one thing God has declared that man is
without excuse before Him. Man may try to convince himself of many
things to give himself license but God has not bought them. The
order of all existence is self-evident that creation has an
intelligent mind far higher and more powerful than himself to give
an account to. Ray Comfort illustrated this well in his movie
The Atheist Delusion. The average man wouldn’t be
convinced that a simple child’s book made itself from nothing, but
he has convinced himself that the universe, the atom, the periodic
table of elements, and DNA itself has created itself from nothing.
Men choose to believe this because it gives them an excuse to break
God’s laws. They are willfully ignorant of the truth. Albert
Einstein and Isaac Newton both confessed that a Spirit of vast
intellect far higher than man is manifested in the universe itself.
Where there is order, there is an intelligent mind that has ordered
it. Therefore, God has said that man is without excuse for his
actions. If man had simply considered things honestly, he would
have realized there is one far more powerful than him to whom he
should ask, “What do you require of me?”
- The second witness against man is his own conscience. Paul the
Apostle explains it this way, “For when the Gentiles, which have
not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these,
having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work
of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing
witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else
excusing one another;” (Rom. 2:14-15)
- When men, though they may not have the written Word of God, do
by their own nature those things that God has said is unlawful
(such as lying, stealing, adultery) they show themselves that God
has written it on their hearts. Primitive cultures from around the
world that were never exposed to western (or middle eastern)
culture have laws that mirror the basic moral law of God. Why?
Because they have been given a certain knowledge of law and
morality by their Creator.
- Every time a man steals he does it with the knowledge that it
is wrong. Otherwise, he wouldn’t seek to hide it. If I was to punch
a man in the face and pull a single dollar from his wallet he would
automatically know that he has been wronged. He doesn’t need an
outside written law to tell him. God has written it on his
- This is the main obvious problem with subjective moral
relativity. (The idea that all truth is relative to the person and
that there are no absolute morals to which all men are accountable)
If there are no moral absolutes then man has no authority to tell
another man to not punch him in the face and take his money. Where
there is no absolute, there can be no wrong doing. But that is what
man wants. He only wants to allow himself to do what he wants, and
not to allow every other man to do what he wants to him.
- Without Excuse
- So you see: man is a fugitive running from a righteous King. As
opposed to seeking mercy from the King he chooses to seek his own
end. In the book of Jonah we read, “They that observe lying
vanities forsake their own mercy.” (Jonah 2:8)
- Even in the Law of Moses if a man did something contrary to law
ignorantly he was still considered guilty and needed to bring a
sacrifice to atone for his sin. Now, to whom much is given much
will be required. Paul was given mercy for what he did in ignorance
(his opposition to Christians) because he had a zeal for the God of
heaven, but not according to truth. Paul desired to please God, and
God only corrected him. Most men do not care at all what God has
said, and they just want to live life their way. They usurp the
authority that is God’s alone. So as long as they continue in this
state God cannot have mercy on them.
- God is Righteous
- In the end, the consolation we have is that the Judge of all
the earth will do right. He is not a man that He should do that
which is evil.
- He has made provision for man to receive mercy and pardon
through His Son Jesus Christ. All men need to do is come to Him
humbly, acknowledge and repent of their sins against Him, and
commit themselves to Jesus Christ.
- I encourage you to listen to our episode “What is the Gospel?”
for a more lengthy explanation of the gospel. Thanks for