What if a pagan who has never heard actually turns toward the Light. Can he be saved if he turns toward the Light
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|If God exists, why is there evil in the world? What is evil? Where did evil come from? Why doesn’t God intervene and stop all evil? How can physical evils such as earthquakes, tornadoes and cancer be explained? Is there a good reason for the existence of hell on which even some atheists would agree? What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 8, Cat. No. EVL
Keywords: Salvation, Work of the Holy Spirit, Witness of nature, Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5, John 8:24, Romans 10:13
- Ankerberg: You say that there are two questions involved in answering the question, “What if the pagan who has never heard actually turns toward the light. He doesn’t turn away. Can he be saved if he turns toward the light?” There’s two things that need to be answered.
- Geisler: Well, he can be saved if he turns toward the light if he gets the light of salvation about Christ, because you cannot be saved apart from the knowledge of Christ. Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
- Romans 10:14 says, “How shall they call on him of whom they’ve not heard? How shall they hear without a preacher?” Unless somebody comes with the message of the Gospel, you cannot be saved. In fact, Paul said, “There is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” [1 Tim. 2:5] And Jesus said, “Unless you believe in Me, you will die in your sins. He that believes not on the Son is condemned already.” [John 8:24; 3:18] So there are numerous passages of Scriptures that say you must believe on Christ, so it is our obligation to get the message of Christ out to the entire world.