Q. I just read about something called “Transdispensationalism”. Have you heard of it? It can sound convincing to those of us who see our Heavenly Father as loving and desiring that none be lost. I trust your opinion and all scripture that will apply.
A. Transdispensationalism is one man’s attempt to explain how God saves people who have never heard the gospel. Here’s what the Bible tells us.
Paul said man is without excuse where knowing about God is concerned (Romans 1:18-20). Peter and Paul agree that God doesn’t want anyone to perish but for everyone to be saved (2 Peter 3:9 and 1 Tim. 2:3-4).
Jesus said no one comes to the father but through Him (John 14:6). In several places we’re told that the only requirement for salvation is to believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (John 3:16, John 6:28-29, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, etc.)
Knowledge of the coming Redeemer has been available to mankind right from the beginning of the age of man (Genesis 3:15) and is the basis for all the Old Testament sacrifices. His Hebrew name, Yeshua, is sprinkled strategically throughout the Hebrew Old Testament beginning in the verse we know as Exodus 15:2 where it’s translated “my salvation”.
Finally, In Hebrews 9:27 we’re told that mankind is given one lifetime in which to be saved or perish.
For all these statements to be true every person has to have the opportunity to be saved during his or her lifetime. I’m confident that God has always made this happen. I’ve heard too many accounts of miraculous encounters with Jesus in dreams,visions, and actual life experiences to believe otherwise. Therefore I don’t need someone to come up with a man made explanation, whether it be this one or any of the others I’ve heard.