Good News, Bad News

Galatians 1:6–7 I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

We have all heard a few too many ‘good news/bad news’ jokes. But did you know there is good news and bad news in the gospel?

The literal definition of gospel is good news. But the gospel message loses its punch if you don’t know the bad news. When you tell people the good news you should also make them aware of the bad news. That means telling people they are sinners. Of course, people don’t like to hear that. I’m a what? Hey, wait, I’m a good person! I’m not a sinner!

Well, the bible disagrees. Scripture says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Yet there are some today who don’t want to tell people they are sinners. They say most people are OK. Many people believe everything is fine as long as they try to live a good life.

We have to break the bad news: “I’m sorry to tell you this, friend, but you’re a sinner. You’ve broken God’s commands. You’ve fallen short of His standards and there is nothing you can do to make it right. But God loved you so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for you, and if you will turn from your sin and put your faith in Christ, you can be forgiven.”

The bad news helps us fully appreciate the good news. Anything less than this is a false gospel that will give false assurance. That is why Paul wrote, “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God. . . . You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not Good News at all” (Galatians 1:6–7).

We must be careful to preach the real gospel.

 

David Ball
Pastor