The Good & Bad News of the Gospel
The message of the gospel…
is first that we are in a terrible and dangerous situation.
secondly that God in His love has provided a way of escape from said situation.
To preach the second without the first is to present the notion that we are in no danger, and thus God’s “Great Rescue Plan” is not needed and is thus not very great.
To preach the first without the second is to present the image of a severe, unloving, unreasonable and profoundly ungracious God.
Many of the current debates and divisions between Christians today result from over-emphasizing one of these two extremes without concern for the unity and necessity of the two.
J. Gresham Machen: The Man Who Wrote “Liberalism and Christianity”