The Soul That Has Never Heard The Gospel | Victor Tey

Is it God’s fault that people die and go to hell? What about the person who has never heard the gospel? Isn’t that unfair of God? In this sermon, Victor Tey answers these questions which are common objections to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Bonus points (00:20)

  1. Jesus Christ in Hell
    1. Psalm 88 compare to Jonah 2
    2. Eph 5 burnt offering sweet smelling savour – search “sweet savour”
      1. eg. Exodus 29:18

Q: What about the person that has never heard the gospel? (05:13)

The logic that reaches this question goes

  1. God’s punishment for sin is hell (Romans 6:23)
  2. We sin from birth as well as willfully sinning (Romans 3:23)
  3. We will all eventually come to knowledge and die (Romans 7:7-14)
  4. Therefore we go to hell for rejecting grace not sin (John 3:16-18)
  5. We must hear to believe (Romans 10:13-14)

Thought: Does that person only exists in the hypothetical because you wouldn’t know unless you asked and now they have heard of Jesus.

The intent of the question is to accuse God of being unjust in his judgement of not accepting Christ. How can that be the way of salvation if not all have the opportunity to be saved? How can the sinner be held accountable? Will not the judge of all the earth do right?

Similar to suffering question but at least suffering is temporary.

The three possible scenarios of people who have not heard and who is at fault.

1. God is responsible (10:34)

  1. ie. Calvinism – Unconditional Election (TULIP)
    1. “God predestined them for hell for his glory and is ultimately responsible for them not hearing the gospel.”
    2. If hell is God’s righteous judgement, why is he sending people there that have no ability to believe? (Total Depravity TULIP).
    3. The god of calvinism is a monster.
  2. 3 Contradictions of Calvinism
    1. The great contradiction of calvinism is that the sinner is responsible for his punishment even though it was God that does not allow them to believe.
      1. The cop out answer is “we can’t understand everything about God”
      2. It can sound pious “we are mere humans, who are we to question God’s judgement”
      3. Or you could just change your position and reject Calvinism and you don’t have any contradiction.
    2. if God decides, why is he going against his own will?
      1. Ezekiel 33:11 – no pleasure in the death of the wicked
      2. 2 Peter 3:9-10 – not willing that any should perish
      3. Revelation 22:16-17 – whosoever will let him take of the water of life freely
    3. Soulwinning is purely for obedience and makes no difference to whether or not the elect get saved.
  3. What about reprobates? Isn’t God responsible for them since they can’t be saved either?
    1. They had a choice. God didn’t choose beforehand for them to reject him.
    2. Eventually anyone who isn’t saved is reprobate. That point just comes before death for some.

2. The responsibility lies on a third party (19:54)

  1. Satanic or demonic?
    1. 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:7
      1. The world is the vail
      2. Blinded because they don’t believe
      3. The choice to not believe is what is allowing the vail to blind them, not the blinding preventing them from believing
  2. A man (the soul-winner)
    1. Ezekiel 3:17-21 – The watchman
    2. No doubt, our efforts are not vain
      1. Romans 10:14 – how shall they hear without a preacher?
      2. 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 – i might save some
      3. Jude 1:22-23 – some save with fear
    3. Is this fair in light of Ezekiel 18:20?

3. The responsibility stays on the sinner but God will ensure they all get an opportunity to hear the gospel. (33:45)

  1. The bible shows the gospel was preached throughout the world
    1. Romans 1:8 – whole world
    2. Colossians 1:21-23 – Every creature under heaven
    3. 1 Kings 10:1 – Queen of Sheba… concerning the name of the Lord
    4. Roman 10:18 – into all the earth, ends of the world
  2. Does this remove the urgency of soulwinning? Somewhat, yes, for you only. God’s will has not changed.
    1. The urgency is on the sinner to believe before it’s too late
  3. Our actions make a difference, otherwise why would we be rewarded?
    1. We can change a person’s eternal destination
    2. how shall they hear without a preacher
    3. But am I the person’s only opportunity?
  4. Maybe the issue is more who gets the reward, as opposed to will everyone get a chance to hear?
  5. God promises that if we seek we shall find
    1. There won’t be someone seeking the truth that won’t come across it.
  6. God will do what is just and right.
    1. “But there are people who die never hearing about Jesus”
    2. Yes, possibly but really we don’t know what God knows so we could assume either they have heard and you just don’t know the full story, or they would not have believed even if God did get a preacher to them.
    3. Romans 8:28 – all things work together for good

Conclusion (46:05)

I believe God will make sure all who will believe will have the opportunity to hear the gospel. Not the same as calvinism where the sinner has no choice. But God can work situations to send a willing preacher. If you’re not willing, you will just lose the blessing and someone else will get it.

Q: If God knew I would not believe, why did he create me?
A: God created man to bless him not curse him. Calvinism would say otherwise because some ‘vessels’ are created for ‘dishonour’.

  1. Genesis 1:26-31
  2. Psalms 8:1-9

Q: Then God shouldn’t have created me.
A: Stop spitting in the face of God with excuses and just accept Christ as Saviour!

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