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ARE THE HEATHEN
LOST? by Harold Smith Who am I?
This is a question that has led to much debate
and controversy during the history of Christianity.
That the heathen, like all men, are in spiritual
darkness, called “dead in trespasses and sins;” Eph.
2:1, is most certainly true.
Men who propagate this
doctrine use several scriptural “proof texts,” such
as, Acts 10:34,35 Then
Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in
every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him. Also Rom
2:7 - 11 To them who by patient continuance in well
doing seek for glory and honour and immortality,
eternal life: But unto them that are
contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that
doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the
Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to
every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and
also to the Gentile: For there is no respect
of persons with God.
In interpreting Scriptures we
must follow a strict rule that no part contradicts any
other. We must seek to harmonize apparent
discrepancies. A wise rule to follow is to make the
obscure fit into the plain, or take the few and fit
them into the many. The reverse of this has produced
divisions and many cults. Here is an example: 1
Cor. 15:29, speaks of “baptism
for the dead” It is used by others to baptize
a living person on behalf of the dead. This is
interpreting it at face value and ignoring the many
verses that teaches only living believers should be
Let us look at the plain and
plenteous verses that teach dogmatically that there is
no salvation apart from Christ: John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me. John 10:9 I am the door: by me if
any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in
and out, and find pasture. The definite
article “the” makes it crystal clear that there is no
salvation apart from Christ. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath
everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son
shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on
him. Again, very emphatic. 1 John 5:11,
12 And this is the
record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son
hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath
not life. Peter says, Neither
is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved. Acts 4:12
If we take the verses of Rom
2: (above) can we fit them into these without
distorting them? I think not! It behooves us
then to seek an explanation to Rom. 2: and Acts 10:.
God, in His sovereign ways, deals with people as
they respond to the light they have. He has
given light to all men in at least four distinct ways.
1–Creation–Psm. 19:1....Rom. 1:20
3–Word of God -- Psm. 119:105, 130
4–The Gospel–2 Cor. 4:3,4
All men everywhere have the first
two lights. It is the light of the Creator God.
There is no salvation directly in or from these
lights. They must have the latter two in order to be
saved. These latter lights are about the Redeemer God.
There is only salvation in them.
In Acts 10: Cornelius was
responding to the light he had. He believed in
the Creator God, and gave evidence of this faith by
his good works. He was devout man, prayed and gave
alms to others. He was living up to the light
that he had, HOWEVER, he was not saved. (He fits well
into Rom. 2:7.) God told Peter to go and
tell him how to be saved. Acts 11:14, Who shall tell thee words, whereby
thou and all thy house shall be saved.
Peter told him the truth of John 14:6, when he
said, To him give
all the prophets witness, that through his name
whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission
of sins. Acts 10:43
In Acts 8:26.... we have the
same principle used with the eunuch and Philip.
Rom. 2: 5–11 But after thy hardness and
impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath
against the day of wrath and revelation of the
righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render
to every man according to his deeds: 7To them who by
patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and
honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto
them that are contentious, and do not obey the
truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and
wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every
soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and
also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and
peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew
first, and also to the Gentile: For there is
no respect of persons with God.
This portion is really speaking
about judgment and not salvation. It is their response
to the Creator of 1:20, that will determine whether
they go on to judgment or to salvation. There is
a contrast between those who are heaping up (headed
toward) wrath for the future, V.5, and those who
are heaping up (headed toward) eternal life. V.7
You will note that neither of them had arrived yet.
The hardened sinner could still repent and be saved
and the one doing good works could cease to do so. The
Spirit of God is setting the stage here for what would
lead to their eternal destinies. The one doing the
good works was responding to the light of creation and
conscience. This was in contrast to Chapter
1:19....... Those had the light of creation and were
without excuse V.20. They rejected that light and
became so depraved that God gave them up. The one like
Cornelius that lives up to that light, God will see
that they get the light of His word and Gospel that
they might be saved. He sent a Livingston
to Africa, a Carey to India, and a Taylor to China,
because there were some people longing to know that
Creator God and His wonderful redemption.
It is sad indeed that born
again people would dare bypass the cross work of the
Lord Jesus Christ and see heathens being saved apart
from Christ. It is an affront to the precious
blood of Christ that was shed for rebel sinners.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove
all things; hold fast that which is good.
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Undated Feb 1st 2014 by Harold