What about those who have never heard the Gospel?

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

~ Romans 1:18-20

From Caleb,

Would God really send those who have never heard the Gospel to hell? Let’s talk about it, because this a question that believers and non-believers share alike!

Let’s look at an example…

Hunter: “Do all people really go to hell if they don’t confess Jesus Christ as their Savior?”

Alice: “God makes it pretty clear throughout scripture that all have fallen short of glory and that the wages of sin is death. I would recommend taking a close look at the book of Romans.”

Hunter: “Yeah. I get that. I know all that stuff. But let’s just say, for example, there was a guy on a remote island, and no one knew he was there, so no one could share the Gospel with him. This guy, when he died, would he go to hell?”

Alice: “Sadly, yes. But let me explain why…”

“But let me explain why…”

I’m sure that our friend Alice would answer somewhat along these lines: The truth is yes, and God makes it clear through the apostle Paul why in Romans chapter 1. 

From Romans, we are shown that these people, even though they have never heard about God, have already had the truth and knowledge of God revealed to them through creation by God himself. Because he has so obviously demonstrated himself through everything that exists, God tells us that these people are “without excuse”. 

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This means everyone, no matter the circumstance, is separated from God, and without trusting in Christ to save us from our sins, we will spend eternity separated from him. This even includes the person on the island that has never had the opportunity to hear about Christ.

“Some may think that this is simply a hypothetical situation, its normal, but it’s not, this is real life for 3.14 billion people.”

Some may think that this is simply a hypothetical situation, its normal, but it’s not, this is real life for 3.14 billion people. There are 3.14 billion people that haven’t even heard the name of Jesus, so you need to keep that in mind when answering this question. Most people, when they ask this question are waiting for you to say that they will go to hell, that way they can, essentially, roast you by saying “See! God is an angry, unjust God! How could he call himself good and loving when he does stuff like that!”

Be prepared to answer that response. My reply to that would then simply be that by God doing this, he is able to call himself just and holy. He is just because he puts in place consequences for sin. He is holy because sin cannot exist in his presence. Sin cannot exist in his presence because he is perfect and without fault. He is light, and in him and around him there can be no darkness. However, he has made a way for us to be made right with him. Based on this, you can say that he is both just and good. 

Not only has he made a way for us to be restored back to him, but he has also made it abundantly clear through creation. Because he has made it clear through things such as creation, Paul says these people have no excuse for the sin in their hearts. These people are still guilty of sin, and God cannot be in the presence of sin. As Christians, this knowledge should break our hearts. This should motivate us in our walk to share the Gospel unconditionally with people in our nation and abroad. This is Christ’s grand design!

Bible Idiots On-Demand Event

Bible Idiots Simulcast Event: “Understanding What We Believe”

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At Grounds4Faith we know that the world around us isn’t making being a Christian any easier, and as a Christian, it is vital to understand why you believe what you believe. It is crucial, now more than ever, that you are grounded in your faith. That is the very essence behind our organization’s name.

Understanding why you believe what you believe can be a hard task for teens and even adults. With that in mind, the Bible Idiots, AKA the Danielson Family, (Check them out here) has compiled some of the best speakers such as, Jim Daly, Erwin Lutzer, Alan Robertson, Joni Earekson Tada, Dr. Frank Turek, and many others to help answer these questions through an awesome simulcast event! Learn more about it HERE.

Join the comedic Danielson family, as they take an entertaining look at reasons to believe. Then contrast it to a wide variety of views from people on the street. THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE; however. the video session will only be available January 22 – 28th.

Get YOUR Church Involved

You can get your church involved in hosting this free event! All you have to do is talk to your pastor, tell them to go to the event website (shown below), click the “Sign Up Here” button, and then complete the form. Remember, the video session will be available January 22 – 28th, so hurry!

Visit www.bibleidiotsevent.com for detailed information!

Is Hell a Real Place?

“The God that Jesus teaches us about doesn’t give up until everything that was lost is found. This God simply doesn’t give up. Ever.”

~ Rob Bell, Love Wins

From Caleb,

As every day “case makers” for Christ, it is important for us to be able to answer this question; moreover, this is a part of Christian doctrine.

Yes. It is a real place.

Unlike what Bell proposes in his book Love Wins, the truth is, as Christians, hell is a real and important place. Hell turns our faces to God in pure worshipful trembling. Hell is a reminder of what we deserved and what we were saved from, this should drive every follower of Christ to worship even more. This doesn’t mean all we preach is “hell-fire-and-brimstone”, there’s a balance.

What scripture shows us that hell is a real place. Here are some examples, “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10) “And throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:50).

My Real Experience…

Guy: “So… What do you think about hell?”
Me: “Do you mean do I think it’s a real place?”
Guy: “Well… Sorta, yeah.”
Me: “Yes, I do. It is something that is made very clear all throughout the Bible.”
Guy: “If hell is a real place, do you think, even if I am a really good person and believe in a higher power, I will go to hell?”
Me: “I’ll preface my answer with this: I couldn’t say that I loved you and cared about you as a person if I didn’t tell you what is truth. All love with no truth is being a hypocrite, but all truth with no love is being brutal. With that being said, yes. That’s what God’s word says. I know that can be a hard statement to hear, but I say it because I care.”
Guy: “Dude, that’s gutsy. I can’t believe you would say that! You said what you thought was true even though you knew I might be offended? That’s bold. I like that.”

Do-s and Don’t-s…

Do – ACTUALLY ANSWER THE QUESTION! I know this question can be super intimidating to answer, but you can’t dance around answering the question. People will notice what you’re doing and will call you out potentially; furthermore, you will accomplish nothing by not answering the question. The only thing it helps is your pride.

Do – Speak in Love. While we have to speak the truth to people, doing so with no compassion won’t get anything accomplished. With no compassion, people will be hardened, turned away, and angered. Remind the person that you are telling them what you know to be true because you care about them and love them.

Don’t – Use it Against Them. This isn’t something you should say to hurt someone, you tell them the truth because you’re broken for them. Your heart should break over the eternal destiny of a persons soul, that’s why you speak the truth. There must be a balance of truth and love.

Don’t – Allow Yourself to Think You’re Better. Don’t think that you have some how magically gotten it all figured out. The truth is this: you are just as much of a sinner as them, and you deserve hell just as much as the next person. It is Christ’s sacrifice that covers us. Make sure you are constantly thinking and praying for humility while you speak to them. We’re simply beggars pointing to where the bread is.

Challenge…

Go forth and speak the truth in love.

Giving Thanks for Grounds4Faith

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:8

From Caleb,

In the States, it’s almost time for the Thanksgiving holiday. With that in mind, I want to give praise and thanksgiving back to the Lord. HE IS SO GOOD!

For a long time, I planned on going overseas to a country I had been praying over for a couple of years. I thought it would finally be my time to go overseas to the country I longed to be in. It was around May of 2018, I opened my email, ecstatic to read one I had recently received from the missionary I had been in contact with; unfortunately, my excitement quickly dissipated.

They said that they wouldn’t be able to have me in December like we had planned earlier that year. I was crushed. I hit my knees in prayer, asking that the Lord would use my time here in the United States for his glory since it clearly wasn’t my time to go.

Since then, I have seen the Lord do mighty things. Christ has allowed me to publish my first book, begin drafting a second book, and start Grounds4Faith and its many other aspects. Not to mention, I have been able to have countless gospel conversations with people because of the reach of Grounds4Faith.

All along the way, Christ has constantly encouraged me through the people around me. I want to be honest with you all, when the ministry first began, I was concerned about numbers of every: how many of “this” did we have, how much of “that” did we do, how many people were there, how many “views” did we get, how many likes do we have?

The numbers used to greatly concern me, and I used to base our success off of that. Time and time again, when numbers looked “bad” to my prideful human eyes, God would send someone along to redirect my focus by showing me how he had been working around me. After numerous times of this happening, I stopped thinking about the numbers, and I asked the Lord to open my eyes up to all the things he’s doing around me.

It has been so liberating to see all that he is doing and how he is moving. God isn’t concerned about the numbers I generate, he’s concerned about me being faithful. The Lord has blessed me significantly through everyone around me that has continually encouraged me through God’s word. God is on the move all around, and I am thankful that he chooses unworthy people, like me, to be a part of his amazing plan. 

Everything that has happened and continues to go on through Grounds4Faith is all the Lord’s doing. To him, all thanks is due. May all the glory honor and praise be to Christ Jesus. Amen.

Give thanks back to the Lord in all things. Being thankful to God is not just a once or twice a year thing, it’s an everyday thing.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

~ Psalm 100:1-5

The Catalyst

THE CATALYST – December 8th @ 11 am

The Catalyst (1)

“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

~ Acts 4:31

Throughout scripture, we can see that when the people of God want to see crazy thing happen, they come to him in cooperate prayer, continually. This is what we want to see the Lord do. We want to see God change the hearts of the students in our schools back to him!

On December 8th, you will gather at YOUR school with other students and begin prayer walking around the campus at 11 a.m.. Adults are welcomed to the event as well!

Adults, go pray for the school that your children attend or attended. Take time to invest in that school by praying with students as well!

Home-Schoolers, pick a local school to go pray around, or if you participate in a co-op, go there!

Through The Catalyst, we seek to unite believers in the community with one another all for the sake of advancing the Kingdom. Use this opportunity to build community with one another: go out to lunch or hangout with one another after the event!

Following the first event on December 8th, you will meet again EVERY SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH at the SAME TIME.

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