Jesus: The Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? by John PiperIf the evangelical church at large was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus. In Jesus, the Only Way to God, John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation.
About people who NEVER hear the gospel
What About Those Who've Never Heard the Gospel?
The most vital message anyone can hear is that anyone who believes in the Son of God can be pardoned from their sin and enjoy eternity in the presence of their Creator. God is completely good—in fact, He is the standard for defining anything else as good—and His perfect standards come from His own nature. He is perfectly just, meaning that no one will be able to accuse God of being unfair when they stand before Him; and He is perfectly merciful, meaning that He generously extends unmerited favour to those who trust in Him. So when we come to this issue, we must understand that we are considering the plan of the perfect, good Creator of humanity. While there are some hard questions to consider, to think that we could come up with something better would be extremely foolish. All human beings descended from Adam start off in a position of rebellion against God. We do what we know to be wrong, so deserve to be judged for violating even our own consciences Romans —
W hat happens to those in the deep, dark jungles who have never heard about Jesus Christ? Is it fair to send someone to hell if they never had the opportunity to be saved? One person once asked me what happens to the innocent aborigine deep in the jungle who never had a chance to hear the gospel. We are born into sin Psalm There is actually evidence of a Creator in the creation itself. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
The question concerning the fate of those who have never heard the gospel is a perennial one. Since the day of Pentecost, whole populations and ethnic groups have lived and died without ever having an opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ's offer of salvation. Even at the dawn of the 21st century, there are pockets of humanity who have yet to have the gospel delivered to them. How does the Bible address the question concerning those who, through no fault of their own, have never heard the gospel? It should come as no surprise that Christendom is by no means unified on this issue.