Is God sadistic to send people to hell who have never heard the gospel?

God is just. He is not sadistic. He does however send people to hell according to His will, not theirs.

Man does not get to choose between heaven and hell. Free will is a lie straight from the devil. Man has no free will to choose God or commend himself to God. What courtroom on this planet allows prisoners to elect their own freedom? None. What makes one think that God’s courtroom is somehow different? God will have His justice because He cannot deny Himself, or His intrinsic righteousness. He cannot merely allow sinners to go free. Sin must be punished. Punishment of sin is both about justice and about God’s righteousness.

Romans 9 says that God has mercy on whom He decides to have mercy. It explicitly says that God’s mercy is not dependent on the will or efforts of men. It says that mercy is solely of God and He gives it to whom He will. It also says that there are two groups of people-vessels of mercy, prepared beforehand for glory, and vessels of destruction, prepared beforehand for destruction.

Arminians will say that God is unjust if He sends someone to hell that didn’t have a chance to hear and believe the gospel. My response to this is-there is no chance to give. God has no chances to give. God is not a God of second chances (for the purposes of legal obedience), much to the dismay and chagrin of every Arminian ever born. Adam already messed up. That’s the problem-all men are imputed with Adam’s guilt. Because all men are treated as guilty of Adam’s by imputation, God is just in requiring the death of all people imputed with that guilt, which is every human being ever born-Romans 5.

To say that people have a chance is to say that they were born without sin and without a sin nature. This is patently false-Romans 1-3. To even talk about the concept of chance is probably unbiblical, because we know that God has appointed and ordained all things-He is working all things for the good of His elect-Romans 8. Further, the concept of chance is foreign to the idea of salvation. Christ says in John 6:37-40-All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” Christ’s mission was to save all those that the Father gave to Him. There is no chance that Christ will fail in accomplishing that end, so the concept of chance is out-of-place in a discussion concerning salvation. 

Additionally, the non-elect do not have a chance to be saved. The sins of the non-elect were not imputed to Christ at the cross. As such, the non-elect still bear the guilt of their sins. Therefore the non-elect have absolutely no chance of being saved because their sin is yet to be punished. Because God is just, He cannot merely allow sinners to go free. As such the sins of the non-elect are the grounds of their condemnation. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Wages=payment. Wages are earned. Wages are paid as a matter of right and justice. In this case, the wage of sin is death. Therefore, God can only be just if He rightly pays the wage of sin to the non-elect, which is death. The only reason the elect are not on the hook for the wage is that Christ received that wage on their behalf. Christ’s death is counted by God as the death of the elect. This is glorious news when you understand that God’s law requires the death of every sinner.

God doesn’t give people the choice to choose heaven before it’s too late. That fairy tale is so absurd that any thinking person should see right through it. God isn’t looking for your obedience, He is looking for your death since that is what His law ALREADY requires of you the moment you are born. Every human being was born a sinner, condemned under the law. There was no chance for anyone when they were born to obey and do right, because Adam messed up their chance long before they were born. In addition to this, they have sinned everyday of their life.

God is the imputer of sin to Christ, not you. You don’t get to decide if Christ’s death was for you. God decides if your sins were placed on Christ or not. The only people whose sins were placed on Christ at the cross were the sins of the elect of God. If you are elect then the good news is that the death of Christ has reconciled you to God. God is just in forgiving your sin and imputing to you the righteousness of Christ because His death has been credited to you.

If you are not elect, then the bad news is that there is no sacrifice for your sins and you will be forced to answer for them without a mediator. That is very bad news. Notice it
has nothing to do with choice either way-the elect don’t choose to be saved, the non-elect don’t choose to be condemned. God chooses.

If you are elect, then God counts Christ’s death as your death and you will have no part in the second death. If you are not elect, then your sin has not yet been punished and you will have your portion in the second death, when the devil and his angels are cast into the lake of fire.

May God be glorified in all things-including the salvation of the elect and the condemnation of the non-elect. He is worthy to be praised!

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