You know, I’ve been saying for a long time that we need to get off of the Good News of the Gospel and get on to the Bad News of the Gospel.
Yes, you heard it right. The Good News can really only be understood by the Bad News.
What is the Good News? In a word, it’s “salvation”. “Oh yeah“, a curious observer might ask, “I’ll bite. What’s to be saved from?”
Well, friend, it’s a place called, “Hell” – a place of eternal separation from God. But we don’t talk about that anymore, do we? We’re too sophisticated and advanced for that sort of medieval thinking. The problem is the cliff has not moved one inch and there are still stampedes of people running toward it since the Devil made his entry into salvation history.
Jesus was God. He died a terrible and brutal death – more unimaginable than anyone could possibly comprehend – not because of the pain but because of the willing humiliation at the hands of the most vile sinners. Ask yourself, what exactly is this God-Man dying for that would be worth such a humiliation? I think you can all figure it out. You don’t need a Ph.D in theology to figure out what exactly He would be saving us from. If you understand quid pro quo, you get the gist.
The thing here is that if Jesus was God and He willingly chose the cross, you gotta figure the other side of what’s being purchased has got to be pretty expensive. All the sins of the world for all humanity and the place of eternal separation from God is what is being purchased.
Quid pro quo.
The problem today is that there is no quid pro quo. It’s a free lunch, with no repentance or remorse required. That is how the liberal sees justice. “Do what thou wilt” shall be the sum of the law.
But the reality – the objective reality – is very different. Hell does indeed exist. You can prove its existence by just asking a few questions and being honest. But few people are into honesty or common sense.
The Good News of salvation has absolutely NO MEANING without the Bad News. Preaching salvation without preaching its alternative is milksop theology, and people simply don’t care because they really don’t have to care.
There is no Good News without the Bad News. If you don’t hear the Bad News, the Good News is no news at all.
We need to recover and expand on the theology of Hell. It’s the tonic that we need in this opulent age.