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I want you to think with me concerning the things of the Word of God for our message along the line of the necessity of the Christian gospel, the necessity of the Christian gospel and maybe even more specifically the necessity of faith in the Christian gospel.

Now if you're a part of Grace Church, this is probably not news to you that salvation depends upon believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have emphasized that through all the ministry in the history of this church. We understand that the ministry of Christianity, the message of Christianity has always been the same. It has always been that salvation comes by faith in the good news concerning Jesus Christ, His birth, life, death and resurrection. The content for the gospel is found solely and only in Scripture. So Christianity, true Christianity and those who truly represent Christianity has always affirmed the necessity of believing the gospel. True Christians have always believed that rescue from hell comes only to those who hear, understand, believe the gospel and embrace it fully. For centuries, Christians have believed that, have proclaimed that, have given their lives and their resources in order to manifest, demonstrate and proclaim that conviction.

Here we are two thousand years away from the New Testament. We've had two thousand years in which true Christians have always proclaimed that, and we're facing a time in the life of the church when some people have called that into doubt. I was, a few weeks ago, in Montreal, as most of you know, at the first ever theological conference for the first generation evangelical Christian church in Quebec, basically planted in the early eighties, a first-generation church having the first sort of convocation of theology in their history. And they asked me if I would address the subject of the necessity of faith in the gospel for salvation because there was a trend in this first-generation church among many who were espousing the idea that there will be people in heaven who never knew about the gospel, never knew about Jesus Christ, and maybe never even knew about the Bible. Is it essential, they said, for people to have faith in the gospel?...

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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