The Bible clearly teaches that the only way to spend eternity with the Lord is to believe in Jesus for the gift of eternal life (John 3:16, 14:6). Many people (even Christians) when they hear that Jesus is the only way to God are troubled and ask, “What about people who have never heard about Jesus and His great salvation?”
People must hear the Gospel of grace and believe it to be saved (Acts 4:12). That is why Jesus told His disciples that they were to be His witnesses and take the Gospel “… even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). God is imminently just and merciful. If anyone is sincerely seeking Him, He will arrange circumstances so that they will hear about Jesus so that they may believe and be saved. The Bible illustrates this in the story of the Roman centurion Cornelius in Acts Chapter 10. Cornelius is a man sincerely seeking God, but he knows nothing about Jesus. Does the Lord save Him simply because Cornelius “feared God” (Acts 10:2)? No. God prepares Peter to accept a Gentile into the church and sends Peter to Cornelius’ house where he tells the household about Jesus and they believe and are saved.
It is the same today. People must hear and believe the Gospel to be saved. And God will move Heaven and Earth to send the Gospel to those who are seeking Him no matter where they are. This is illustrated by the country of Mongolia. For those in the West, this nation would certainly seem to qualify as “the remotest part of the earth,” if we have heard of it at all! Yet, God is moving in Mongolia and building His Church.
In 1990, there was only one evangelical church in Mongolia. But through the efforts of missionaries whom the Lord raised up, just as He did Peter, by 2006 there were 300 churches and 40,000 believers. In 2012, this had grown to 600 churches and 80,000 believers!*
God is indeed building His Church and He invites us to be a part of it. Your Church can take part, both by sending missionaries and supporting those who go. In this way, an entire congregation can share God’s heart for the salvation of the whole world.
*Data extracted from the September 2012 “Missioninfo” newsletter, published by World Outreach Ministries, P.O. Box B Marietta, GA 30061-0379.