Question: How can you say that “hundreds of millions live and die in the Roman Catholic Church without ever hearing the gospel”? Where does it say that Christ depends on man to bring His truth to the unsaved? You implied [TBC June 1995] that Michelle went to hell because she was not told the good news [at Covenant House]. This also implies that had Michelle been told the good news, she may have accepted Christ and entered heaven. Do you really believe that Jesus does not arrange circumstances for “all” His sheep to hear His voice?
Answer: God draws to Christ (Jn:6:44) all whom He knows will believe (Rom:8:29). That fact does not exempt us from preaching Christ. We can’t sit back and do nothing, with the excuse that God will get the gospel to the lost. He has given Christians the grave responsibility to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15).
Not only was Michelle, expiring on her death bed, not told the gospel, but Sister Mary Rose McGeady, head of Covenant House, gave Michelle false assurance that all would be well eternally. How tragic! Nor do any of the thousands of children who come in off the streets hear the gospel, because those who run Covenant House, “America’s largest crisis shelter for children,” are Roman Catholic nuns who don’t know the gospel! That’s why McGeady didn’t give the gospel to Michelle as Christ commanded; and that was the only point I tried to make.
No, that failure did not exclude Michelle from heaven. We have elsewhere dealt with the subject of God’s sovereignty and human choice and responsibility so won’t repeat it here.
We have documented in this newsletter and in my books, especially in A Woman Rides the Beast, that the Roman Catholic Church teaches a false gospel of salvation by works and rituals. Consequently, hundreds of millions of Roman Catholics die without ever hearing the true gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. If you doubt that, survey at random a dozen Roman Catholic Churches, asking those coming out of Mass how they hope to get to heaven. If one in 100 gives the right answer, I’ll apologize. This tragic fact ought to haunt evangelical leaders who signed ECT!