Justification by Faith is Dead, II. Justification by Acceptance (i.e. Justification by Works Lite) & the Fate of the Unevangelized

Since what most modern American Christians call faith is actually not faith but a work of acceptance, faith is no longer the unmeritorious means by which one is justified by the work of Christ, but it is righteousness itself. In other words, in the end we say that we are saved exclusively by our acceptance and not exclusively by the work of God since God has supposedly granted to everyone the ability to accept him and the Christ whom he has sent, no matter who they are, where they live, or when they lived. Therefore, the buck stops with us. We are saved in the end not because God did something, but because we did something. We charge that everyone is given the opportunity, and some, like us, have accepted Christ, and the rest have not.

Our justification by acceptance therefore is not justification by faith, but it is justification by works lite. For our justification by acceptance is no different than any other justification by works religion on the planet save the fact that we have only one rule, “Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.” If you obey this rule you will be considered righteous, but disobey it you will be judged for not accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

But what of those who have not heard the Gospel? What will be their fate?

Prior to our present gospel where one is considered righteous because he has accepted Jesus Christ, this question was not an issue. The apostle quite clearly demonstrates in Romans 1:18-3:22 that all men are accountable to God, because all have known God’s law, and all have willingly transgressed it. This is true of those who have never heard the law as well, because they demonstrate by their conflicting thoughts and their guilt-laden consciences that the work of the law is written on their hearts, and they know that they have willingly transgressed that law (cf. Rm. 2:15, 16). Therefore, God will render to each one, whether Jew or Greek, according to his works (v. 2:6). To those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness there will be God’s wrath and fury, and there will be tribulation and distress to every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law, will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law (vv. 2:8, 9, 11, 12).

The apostle could not be much clearer on the fate of those who have not heard the Gospel, because they will be judged and condemned for their sins and transgressions of the law not for their lack of accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. We, however, have a hard time swallowing this with out modern, works-based Gospel. Since our conjured salvation is based upon the work of acceptance of Jesus Christ, we cannot fathom how God could or would punish those who have not heard that law. Even those whom have called themselves conservative evangelicals have propagated this notion and declared that the fate of the unevangelized is an ambiguous topic in Scripture. That, my friends, is heresy of the first order. For it is quite clear that those outside of Christ will be judged for their wicked deeds and their willing transgressions of the law revealed to them, not merely because they have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

Next: Justification by Faith is Dead, III. Doxological Ramifcations

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