Can Anyone Who is “Un-Saved” be Redeemed?

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Not everyone uses the term un-saved. But Jesus said, and our own eyes tell us, that there are people who are on paths of self-destruction, whose choices are toxic to themselves and to others.

I know, because I was one of them. One night, a woman stopped me as I swayed drunkenly from a friend’s apartment, and asked, “Do you know where you’re going?” I pointed to my car. “No,” she said. “I mean eternally.” Not long after that, I began reading the words of Jesus, words that spoke to my nascent longings for God, and I began to change.

But what if I’d died that night? Would I have gone to hell? Or is it possible that God, knowing who I would become, would have made a place for me? Can a person who is “un-saved” (i.e. has not made a formal profession of faith) still be redeemed?

In C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle, a character named Emeth has wrongly served the false god Tash. But when he meets Aslan (who allegorically represents Christ), he suddenly realizes this is who he’d meant to serve all along, this is the one to whom his heart belongs. Knowing what’s in Emeth’s heart, Aslan accepts him.

I believe God accepts those whose hearts are His, even when their information or understanding is amiss.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a universalist; I don’t believe in a heaven made of unrepentant souls. Neither do I believe in cheap grace* (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). But I do believe that God can tell when a heart is “done,” and that He sometimes allows what appears to us as an incomplete journey to be seemingly cut short. Why? Perhaps as an act of mercy, in recognition that, although that person’s heart is ready, their experiential baggage or biochemistry would cause them and others unnecessary suffering. In other words, I believe God  is interested in redeeming all who are redeemable, even when they are not officially (in our eyes) there yet.

In the fall of 1980, I was on break from a recording session, when a musician friend asked us to pray for someone he’d spoken with. He’d just flown back into the country and had sat next to an iconic rock star. My friend began telling the famously agnostic rocker about Jesus. To his surprise, the star admitted he’d been reading the Bible and had found himself strangely drawn to Jesus. “Yes, I think he may actually be who thenhvrun5he says he is!” the rocker said excitedly. So my friend prayed for him, encouraging him, “Don’t stop now!” They departed with a hug.

Did John Lennon follow through in seeking the One he’d formerly rejected? I believe he may have. And two months later, when he died, I suspect God looked into his heart and said,

“Welcome home, John.”

*Anyone who would use this idea as an excuse to continue in their former ways (cheap grace) proves by their very actions that their heart is not His.

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77 Responses to Can Anyone Who is “Un-Saved” be Redeemed?

  1. John Eli says:

    Wow. Thank you for sharing this Mitch.

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  2. Nice. I have a similar sense–probably due to C.S. Lewis’s vision in Screwtape Letters–Hell is a place God set up for those who need or want to choose hate over love, greed over generosity, and stubborn pride over confession and humility. They remain willing to use others to their own nefarious ends…Even asking if Lazarus could be sent down with some cool water. Good grief…

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  3. Vince700 says:

    Interesting theory Mitch. I can’t think of any verses in the Bible to back it up. I agree with the story about the heart of John Lennon. If he believed that Jesus was the Son of God, he was saved. We know this by many verses, like John 3:36, John 6:47 and many other verses. But as you know the goal is once we have come to the knowledge of who Jesus is we should desire to be with others of like mind and heart. Hebrews 10:35 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. his doesn’t mean in a certain Church building, it could even be an in-home Church with only a few families.

    We need each other. and John 13:35 New International Version (NIV)
    35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
    I believe John Lennon might have been saved in fact I truly hope he was, but the only true way we can know is brought out in 1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    God bless you keep on keeping on for Jesus.

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    • A passage that has always made me wonder about that is in Matthew 24, where the redeemed say to Jesus, “When did we see You hungry, thirsty, [etc.?)” They had serving Him without knowing it, by being compassionate, generous … Christ-like. I’m not sure this applies to non-believers, but I am confident that a just and compassionate, all-knowing God knows which hearts are His.

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      • Sorry, that should have been Matthew 25. (verses 31-40)

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      • Vince700 says:

        God bless your heart, my dear sister. I know the best way to know how God sees things is the seek His Word about it. I know God is Love as stated in 1 John 1:8, my concern is what Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23 King James Version (KJV)
        21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
        and in John 14:6 King James Version (KJV)
        6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
        Last but not least Titus 3:5 King James Version (KJV)
        5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

        Hugs in Jesus.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Vince, I think you bring out a key point when you say, “The only way WE can know.” I’m suggesting that “we” don’t necessarily know the disposition of a person’s heart toward God. You talk about “the goal once we have come to the knowledge of who Jesus is,” and I wholeheartedly agree with you. But I believe there are those who never have the opportunity to pursue that goal, because of death (the thief on the cross), lack of access (living in a non-Christian culture), or lack of knowledge (proto-Christians who have never learned about the savior-Creator their hearts long for).

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      • Vince700 says:

        I agree that God knows all hearts. as you brought out in an earlier comment.
        21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. “God knows our hearts”.

        In John 14:6 King James Version (KJV)
        Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

        I take this as truth. No one gets in without Jesus. I know this sounds unjust but Jesus said it and I believe it. So those who have never had the chance to hear the Gospel will not be able to come into the presence of God. He will not allow any sin in heaven.

        Since the beginning of time, God had His prophets and messengers reaching out to the world with His forgiveness. Then He came and showed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ and gave the ultimate sacrifice, Himself. He died on the cross for our sins. One man Adam brought all sin into the world and one man Jesus took all sin out of the world. Our job is to tell the world about this gift. Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

        This is why we have to obey His call to go into all the world. This is why Evangelism Explosion and other trainings exist. http://www.eeworks.org. Anyone reading this Please feel free to reach out to me for more info on how to receive this training. vvarriale@eeworks.org.

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      • mitchteemley says:

        “No one gets in without Jesus.” True indeed, Vince. But does that mean “no one gets in unless they’ve made a public proclamation of their faith in Jesus during this life”? (Which would make us, not Jesus, the arbiters of whether someone has believed in Him.) And does he care nothing for the billions in lands and eras wherein the name “Jesus” was unknown? Or is it possible that there are those who (like Lewis’s Emeth) have believed in Him without knowing his name? This does not go against what Jesus (or Paul in Acts 16:31) taught. It also recognizes that God is a Father, not a harsh proceduralist whose focus is on technique rather than character.

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      • Vince700 says:

        God uses men and women to give the gospel message because this is what He delights in doing; and what He commanded us to do. However, even in the time of the apostles, teachers, and prophets in the early church (Acts 11:1; 13:1), The Lord Himself appeared to Paul on the Damascus road and won Saul to the faith (Saul’s name was later changed to “Paul”; see Acts 9).

        Not only did The Lord appear to Saul from heaven (and scared the men who were with him, since they did not see Jesus but only heard His voice, 9:7), The Lord also gave Paul a vision of what would take place after his blindness: Ananias would lay his hands on Paul and the new believer would regain his sight (cf. Acts 9:12).

        Paul also points to his special revelation encounter with Christ in his letter to the Galatians:

        12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
        13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
        14And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
        15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
        16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
        17Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
        18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

        None of this discredits the idea that The Lord works through the common means of a missionary to spread the gospel; however, what it does is demonstrate that God’s power and sovereignty are not limited to human missionaries.

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  4. Interesting topic. Not sure that knowledge about Jesus and believing that He is who He says He is will meet the criteria for faith. Even the demons believe and shudder.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I agree, Bill. I would never suggest that mere knowledge or even belief constitutes a relationship with Jesus (“Lord, Lord, did we not…” “I never knew you. Away from me…”).

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      • Vince700 says:

        You know Mitch there has been a lot of conversation about this topic. I would like to say I looked up the position of Emeth and I do not agree with it.

        So to make it very clear Acts 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
        Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

        MATTHEW 28:18-20 (KJV and NRSV) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.

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  5. A pastor once told me that everyone comes with an unlimited number of redemption coupons…

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  6. I really hope you’re right about John Lennon.
    The passage about the separation of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25: 31-40.) implies that some people with Christ-like hearts serve Him without realizing it. I’m not sure that applies to John Lennon, but thanks for an interesting post.

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  7. PS I agree with your post script. Thanks for including that!

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  8. badfinger20 says:

    John spent his life looking for a spiritual leader…from Paul, Marahrishi, Yoko, Primal Scream Therapy, Yoko, and many more… I’m happy to hear this took place.

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  9. Excellent post! So glad God knows the heart and has such compassion for each one of us. Where would we be without Him? It’s not a pretty picture when I think about it!

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  10. kakymc says:

    I agree with you, Mitch, though the reformed leaders of my denomination would point out there’s not a verse in the Bible that explicitly backs this up. Still…there is a lot of mystery in scripture. The idea of the “redeemed un-saved” may not be stated in so many words, yet it fits the “spirit” of scripture. I believe it is the glorious subtext of the gospel.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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  11. grAnnie Roo says:

    How marvelous, Mitch. I believe we have touched on the topic before of how I like to revisit Narnia for my Lenten pleasure reading. I typically divide chapter’s of The Last Battle for Holy Week. What a lovely thought that John Lennon could possibly be observing our Journeys. What a wonderful PostScript to his life. Good job, good sir.

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  12. pkadams says:

    Is anything too hard for God? I think we humans like to follow rules and directions and we pick out things in the Bible like baptism, confession, saying certain words such as I admit I am a sinner, because we then feel more confident in our salvation, but God is spirit and He works in spiritual ways so I think your idea is a good one. I believe God knows who is His child and who isn’t. God bless you Mitch!

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  13. long4h2o says:

    For me this brings to mind the parable of the day laborers. I can imagine the laborers standing around at break time speculating on how much money the Johnie-Come-Lately’s would make only to have their limited understanding and logic befuddled by the Master’s abundant generosity.

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  14. Deb Farris says:

    This is so beautiful, Mitch. Thank you.

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  15. I love this idea. God is merciful – would be indeed allow those seeking his truth to die without him? I look forward to finding out in heaven.

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  16. Fascinating, Mitch, and thank you for sharing that story about John Lennon. :O)

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  17. smzang says:

    the stuff of goosebumps…the best kind.

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  18. Bruce says:

    Interesting post Mitch and I have a sneaky hunch that what you infer is definitely a possibility because it is indeed the heart that God looks at and while on our way, if we open the door of our heart to Jesus, it is God alone who knows what has transpired therein. The one who hung on a cross close to Jesus and asked Him to be mindful of him when He came into His Kingdom comes to mind (Luke 23:43). One can only hope. Thank you for this post!

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  19. HAT says:

    Interestingly, and “coincidentally” (hmm), this post showed up in the blog feed on the same day as yours: https://afkimel.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/finding-the-god-who-is-love-2/

    I’m with you on the implicit sense that what we know about things is only a fraction of what there is to know. But that based on what we do know, God is generous. A lot more generous than we are.

    For your Scripturally minded fans, it seems to me that there IS a verse or three in the Bible that speak directly to this issue. Mark 10:27 (and compare Matthew 19:26 & Luke 18:27) – Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question “Then who can be saved??!” – “With humans it is impossible, but with God, everything is possible.”

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  20. Hello Mitch, I am incredibly grateful that God knows the heart of each and every person and I believe places people in our lives to lead us to Him through all types of places and experiences! He uses me, he uses you, and even the one WE least expect.
    You inspired me to really be aware of how God may use any moment of my life to lead others to His saving Grace.
    Here is one of my favorite quotes by Jill Briscoe:

    “Hope is the overwhelming confidence in the God who can do anything, with anyone, at any time, in any place.”

    God Bless You!

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  21. Are we afraid of the possibility of leaving here and being alone? T’is the way of the ALL.

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  22. Mary Jane says:

    Although I sort of agree with your post (i always wonder e.g. what about the non-christians that help christians whose lives are in danger because of their christian faith. Wouldn’t any good father be gracious toward those that risk their lives to help his children?), I think this is potentially very shaky ground, because it veers very closely to the “he’s a good human being hence he will go to heaven” ideals. I also think that there is equal danger in US (humans) being the judges of someone’s salvation, whether we believe someone should publicly declare their faith or whether we believe that they are “redeemable” as you put it. The Bible says, no-one comes to the Father except through Him. How this happens is obviously not for me to know or decide, but it does seems to me that it is pretty important for God that He is acknowledged in your life, public, private, where-ever.

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  23. 🦋 Beautiful.
    God’s grace is the reason he sent his son Jesus to die for our sins that we might be forgiven.

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  24. Interesting theory here. One of the big problems i see with is is that the same God who we are required to accept and declare is the same one who had it all planned from the beginning. If God wanted them to be saved according to the requirements outined in the Bible then wouldnt He just make certain that those whom He calls complete the works theyre called to?

    Nonetheless, a thought provoking piece.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I would submit that the “accept and declare” part is what trips us up, due to our emphasis on semantics. Is the person who’s accepted and declared as much of the light of Christ as they’ve been given any less saved than the person who’s said “the right words” at an evangelistic crusade?

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      • No. God judges on the heart and not on the outward appearances. The churches today often overemphasis the alter call because they misunderstand or misapply the ultimate goal of the indwelling Christ.
        The condemnation itself is not based on not hearing the Good News proclaimed. It is based on the fact that we are all born sinners. There is no escaping the reality that we need grace.
        There are numerous modern examples of people who have never heard of Jesus before receiving personal revelation of their Savior. Such instances support the stance that God had it planned from the beginning.
        ” For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”
        Romans 8:29-30
        And the measuring stick is already there. While there are many details we are unaware of about how God will perfectly judge, this is clear:
        “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

        A sovereign God decides who will believe and who will not. And He purposely allows those things to take place in our time on earth.

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      • We also have to be so carwful with this line of logic. What would be the point in sharing the Gospel with others or making disciples of all the nations if all that saves them is that they “would have” converted given the opportunity? Ibelieve your thought process is likely to be sincere, however. It comes from our limited idea of justice, but God knows all. I believe if the “would have” given the opportunity then God would make a way for that to happen.

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      • Vince700 says:

        Mitch, I’ve been blessed to say the Lord’s prayer with many people and only our Father in heaven knows if they truly submitted to Him or not. As you said it’s not the words spoken but the heart. Have they taken the path of righteousness of God or just followed s religious thought. Have they repented of their sins or not? In truth, we all need to see what we do in our daily lives and ask for forgiveness for our shortcomings. I have been studying the Bible and seeking to be a man after God’s heart for 42 years and if there is anything I have found out it is the closer I get to God the more I know I need His Grace. I heard this parable once. “How many times do you think the normal human being sins a day. More than 3 right? It is more than likely closer to 20 or more, but to make the multiplication easier let’s say 3. 3 x 365, a year is about 1000. Now multiply it by A lifetime of 75. That’s 75,000 sins. Nobody get’s into heaven with sin so nobody gets in without cleansing of sin. This is why God fulfilled His many prophecies by coming to earth in the form of a man, Jesus the Messiah. Then He made a way for any who trust in what He said will have all their sins removed. If one man Adam brought sin into the world than one man Jesus the Christ took all sin out of the world. God has left it up to us to receive His Gift or not.

        Jesus said in Matthew 5:18 King James Version (KJV) 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. So as for those who have not heard, I know God knows and He says in Exodus 20 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it. 12 Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s. They will be judged by the lives they lived according to Gods Word.

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      • mitchteemley says:

        Significantly, I believe, Romans 8:29-30 does not add the caveat that “for those he predestined he also sent preachers to so they could know the correct details and say the right words.” I can picture a soul after death, hearing about and seeing Jesus for the first time, and saying, “Yes, You! You are the One I longed for and strove to serve! And now that I know your name, I confess you as my Lord and Savior!” And I can picture God at that point saying, “And you are one of those whom I foreknew, predestined, and called!”

        Of course, it’s good to remind ourselves that God alone, and no one else (not the greatest theologians who’ve ever lived, not the Calvinists, not the Arminians, not the Catholics, or the Eastern Orthodox, or the Baptists…), understands completely how all of this plays out. My own understanding, as limited and human as it is (40 years in ministry and still a beginner), is based not only on my interpretation of what the Bible teaches, but my understanding of God’s character. Peace. Your brother Mitch.

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      • mitchteemley says:

        P.S. My words above were written in response to Mission Fleet Mom’s comments.

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      • Vince700 says:

        You know Mitch, I am truly concerned about giving the idea that someone can be saved after death. Could you please back that up with clear to understand scripture? I know we have to stick to what the Bible teaches. Revalations 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

        Love you brother. Just know I need to see a clear to understand scripture in His Word before I can except someone can be cleared of all sin after death.

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      • mitchteemley says:

        Afraid I don’t have time to keep up these long back-and-forths, Vince, but in a sentence: I am not suggesting someone can be “saved after death;” I’m suggesting that what has already occurred in their hearts may be made clear at that point (from our perspective–no surprise to God). And, no, I do not believe a person needs to accept Jesus AND follow all of the 10 Commandments for x number of years to be saved. Peace, brother.

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  25. Ann Coleman says:

    Personally, I’m happy to leave it up to God, and to trust in his love for all of us. Great, thought-provoking post, Mitch! (And I had no idea about John Lennon, but that does give me hope….)

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  26. Candice says:

    Great post! I’d never even entertained the thought that John Lennon could have found Christ, judging only from his past public life and comments. I am constantly amazed by the way Jesus can change a person, as I too, was one of those who was on a destructive path before meeting Him. He saved me, my husband, and our marriage. He is able to do great things. I’m glad it’s His wisdom deciding who is saved!

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  27. Vince700 says:

    The ten commandments makes it very clear why we need Jesus. He said the Bible Old and New Testament will be with us for eternity. So 1. No other God before Me = means not putting anything before God, not things or people. How many Hollywood stars are idols or sports fans 2. No carved image= means cars, houses, statues etc we as a society see these images daily thrown at us in ads.everyday 3. Do not use the Name of the Lord God in vain = we see it on TV and hear it all the time now. 4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy = take a day with the Lord, most do not do this. 5. Honor Father and mother= again something we need to follow to find peace. 6. Don’t murder= Jesus made this even harder by saying Matthew 5:21-24 “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill, and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause shall be liable to judgment. 7. Do not commit adultery= most things we watch on TV shows people committing adultery it has become a non-issue in society. This is watching porn too. 8. Don’t steal= most don’t do that or do they, taxes? 9. Don’t bear false witness= Lying, the many so-called white lies. 10. Do not covet= in simplicity don’t envy, envy needs be banished from the human heart. This also would cover porn.

    This is why we truly need Jesus. Every human being on the face of the earth has fallen in many of these areas. Jesus promised to take our sins. He asks us to repent of them and grow out of them but He has taken them and paid for them.

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  28. Many Evangelicals would disagree and, at the same time, hope that you are right. Anyone who has lost a loved one who passed away without making a “public confession” can find comfort in your words. Personally, I agree based on my understanding of Christ’s love and grace, and the fact that God knows our hearts and minds – before we know, ourselves.

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  29. Phil Lowe says:

    Interesting post, Mitch. It’s one I wondered about when I first got to know Jesus too. He makes it quite clear that ‘no-one gets to the Father unless through me’…. whether that’s within a minutes recognition (robber on cross) or longer. Lack of access is different – which is why Jesus’ final command was go tell propels about him. I do think that a goatsman on a remote mountain who has never heard of the gospel will be treated differently by our Father in heaven. So keep up your good work in writing and talking about Jesus, because we can trust His word never returns empty and you never know who’ll you’ll meet in heaven who says, “I read your blog and then I read the Bible and then..and then..” God bless!

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Right you are, Phil! Here, btw, is an effective one page summary of the “respond to the light they’re given” idea, which is actually taught by most Christian denominations. http://www.eternal-productions.org/PDFS/articles/Light%20to%20every%20man.pdf

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    • Vince700 says:

      I know even to herdsman on the hill has sinned as we all have. Who could be so bold to say they are as perfect as God or His Son Jesus. We have a Creator who knows all and sees everyone. I trust in His rightious judgement for everyone. All that to say anyone who has heard of Jesus and has chosen not to seek for
      Him has taken the choice not to follow Him. And as you so correctly say, without the Saving Grace of Jesus no one gets into His Father’s house.

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      • Phil Lowe says:

        Thanks Vince. Correct. Those who have heard (or seen his light as Mitch refers to in his last comment) and respond in acceptance compared to those who ignore. And to be clear, I’m not saying that a herdsman on a hill is perfect. But unreached – because beautiful feet have not taken the Gospel to him. I think we need to pray on God’s Common Grace, His revealing Himself to many and also His initiating grace — we do nothing to deserve it and yet, over and over, His faithfulness and promises roll on and invite us into His story. It’s why I love God’s promise to Abram so much. Initiating grace. Abram had nothing to commend him and later in Genesis we learn how he’s been blessed and blessed and blessed from the original covenant God makes with him…. yet his family are still carrying around household gods! Thank God for His patience with us!

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      • Vince700 says:

        So true. His mercies are new every morning. Without it we’d all be lost. Love this video clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRGLWtvZNjQ

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  30. Vince700 says:

    I know even to herdsman on the hill has sinned as we all have. Who could be so bold to say they are as perfect as God or His Son Jesus. We have a Creator who knows all and sees everyone. I trust in His rightious judgement for everyone. All that to say anyone who has heard of Jesus and has chosen not to seek for
    Him has taken the choice not to follow Him. And as you so correctly say, without the Saving Grace of Jesus no one gets into His Father’s house.

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  31. A.P. says:

    “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them. This will come to pass on that day when God will judge men’s secrets through Christ Jesus, as proclaimed by my gospel.” — Romans 1:14-16. Great post, Mitch.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Amen. Thanks, A.P.

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    • Vince700 says:

      Your verse is Romans 2:13-14 and 16 says, In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. The Gospel says He that believes on Me (Jesus) will be saved and John 3:16. so, please know we as teachers must be careful to not to lead others astray. James 3:1  My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 

      I too do not know John Lennon’s heart, only God does, I truly hope he submitted to the reigning power of Jesus. Please remember what Jesus Himself said in John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. He said no man comes to the Father but by Him and He means no human.

      Conclusion: All men, Jew or Gentile, good or bad, are under doom for breaking the righteous law of God—the heathen who are sinners and know it—(Rom_1:18-32)—the self-righteous who think they need no salvation (Rom_2:1-11), and the religionist who makes a mere profession (Rom_2:17-29) all stand on the same level before the justice of God and all in need of the salvation God has provided through Jesus and Jesus alone. Without Him, we are lost.

      God bless you A.P. Keep on keeping on for Jesus.

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  32. A.P. says:

    That’s funny I read the right verses but wrote the wrong numbers by mistake. I’m dyslexic, I’m sorry.

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  33. A.P. says:

    Indeed. All have hit the wrong keys, and fallen short of the glory of God. Blessings as well.

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  34. I don’t think it’s okay to teach people that they need to have someone else to forgive them in order to forgive themselves. By teaching people they need Jesus, you teach them that.

    You teach them that there self worth can only be determined by someone else -and that’s a terrible idea.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Is it a bad idea for a Potter to determine the purpose (and therefore self-worth) of a Pot he or she has made? (Isaiah 64:8) If God doesn’t exist, he can’t determine our self-worth. If he does, then only he can.

      On a personal note, I never really knew my self-worth, or purpose, until I met my Creator.

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  36. aussieguy44 says:

    What do you think happened to the africans who died on the boat on the way to be slaves in the US even the ancestors of Sally Hemmings (Thomas Jefferson’s concubine)

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  37. noel hausler says:

    I read the book What About Those Who Have Never Heard and warmed to the more inclusivists views of John Sanders rather than that of Ronald Nash. It seems there is also a deep division among evangelicals about the soul. You have scholars from Fuller and elsewhere in Whatever Happened to the Soul and Neuroscience Psychology and Religion. Dualism vs physicalism. I know there are some who disagree like Moreland and Swinbourne. There are so many functions of behavior that can be found in sections of the brain like empathy. Might I ask do you think Socrates and Confucius are in hell.?

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Good thoughts, Noel. Again, you’re asking me questions I would not venture to answer. Socrates has always struck me as humble and, of course, profoundly insightful; I like to think if he’d met Jesus he would have said, “You’re what I’ve been searching for!” But we know very little about him, really, and what we do is filtered through Plato. Confucius I know even less about. Wise man? Indeed. But beyond that only God knows.

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