In jeben's thread "Evangelism" he wondered if any of us in the USA had ever met anybody who had never heard of Jesus or never heard the gospel. Some posters cited evidence that it's likely that all, or mostly all, had heard of Jesus, but many had never heard the gospel. In the latest issue of the Kentucky Baptist newspaper Western Recorder, state correspondent Ken Walker, in an article about how local churches are sending mission teams around the world, quoted one missions pastor as saying a team from his church was going to a West African country, where, he said "the last time the gospel came to that village was 600 years ago." These anecdotes strike at the heart of the notion that some way, somehow, everybody in the world has heard the gospel. The argument for that view is that God must have sent the gospel to all, and all have had a chance to accept or reject Christ as Savior. Otherwise, God would be unfair to send someone to Hell who'd never had that chance. And, if they hadn't heard, they are saved some other way. Thus, my question, or questions: Has everyone heard the gospel and had a chance to accept or reject it? If so, how so? And if not, what about their spiritual future? And if they may be saved without hearing the gospel, why are we sending missionaries in the first place? Release the hounds!