Question: What about the “innocent tribe” that never hears the gospel, where do they go after death?
Answer: Heaven (but….)
This is always an interesting question, because it reveals something about the nature of the one asking the question, that they are either a) very concerned about people’s welfare, or b) very angry to hear that you believe your way to God is the only way. The person leaning toward A is the loving person caring for humanity, while the person leaning toward B is the angry skeptic who feels more with the head than the heart. Where are you?
Did you see how I answered the question? Heaven (but….)? The but is there for a good reason, because it indicates that my answer is not only “heaven.” Why? Because that “innocent tribe” does not exist. If they were really innocent they’d go to heaven but that’s just the issue, they’re not innocent. Their sinful by nature and therefore deserve nothing but death from God will only receive death from God unless they repent and believe in Jesus. Some of you think this is not fair, and I understand what you’re saying. But God does not leave all men without a witness, no matter how remote our location is. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
See that? Since the beginning of time, God has been making Himself known through one medium, creation, and because of this all men (no matter if they’re urban or remote) are without excuse. There is no such thing as an innocent man unaffected by the fall. All have fallen under sin, and the only hope for all mankind is the One who is powerful enough to save us, Jesus.