The following is from Tom Adcock, editor of Jesus People Newsletter.
Is this man lost, or could he be "a regenerate person speaking as an unregenerate person would speak" (as John Pedersen and other tolerant Calvinists say)?
<<What About the Multitudes Who Have Lived and Never Heard the Gospel?
First, when was your name written in the Book of Life? I believe everyone's name was written in the Book of Life the moment they were conceived (Psalm 139:13-18). However, Revelation 13:8 refers to "names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" as does Revelation 17:8. Jesus was "slain from the foundation of the world" in God's foreknowledge but not in actuality. For in reality, Christ was slain only two thousand years ago. And those who saw the beast ascend out of the bottomless pit in Revelation 17:8 had at one time also been written in the Book of Life, but their names had been blotted out. (Revelation 3:5). The words "from the foundation of the world" in 17:8 refer to "the Lamb" just as in 13:8. See "Word Pictures in the New Testament" by A.T. Robertson, and "Word Studies in the New Testament" by M.R. Vincent. The word predestination is used twice in the New Testament and neither time does it refer to salvation -- all people have God given power to choose.
All mankind is under the curse of Adam's sin in that we have all inherited a tendency to sin and the knowledge of right and wrong, but we still have the power of choice. Children are innocent until they arrive at the age of knowing right from wrong and then choose to sin. The Bible clearly states in the book of Romans that God has revealed himself to all mankind by creation and conscience and all (adults) choose to sin. And these names are blotted out of the book of life. (Exodus 32:32-33, Exodus 17:14, Deuteronomy 9:14, Revelation 3:5) That's part of the story.
The other part is:
Some of mankind hears the gospel and receives eternal life. Surely these names are put back in the book.
Some reject the gospel of Christ and their names are not put back in. But please note, God wills that all be saved (I Timothy 2:4) and note especially this: "Hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels" Matthew 25:41. However, those who do not obey the gospel will go there also.
Nowhere does the Bible say that God will send to hell those that are unable to believe. God cannot do anything contrary to his nature. "Who He Is" forbids this and God is fair as well as just. (Genesis 18:25; Psalm 7:11, Psalm 9:18, I Peter 1:17). The Bible also teaches that God rewards all that seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and will give those that seek an opportunity to find Him. (II Chronicles 15:2; Psalm 9:10; Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13; Acts 8:30-31).
Therefore, I believe "some heathen" will be in heaven. Jesus Christ will be the judge (John 5:22) and I'm convinced He will judge all people fairly. Jesus will judge "the heathen" by the knowledge they have, what they choose to believe as a result of that knowledge, and what they do and His judgment will be fair!>>
E-mails, Forums, and Letters