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 »