It’s not that I don’t believe there is bad news. I just deny its POWER and its PERMANENCE. What I believe in is the GOOD NEWS, that God is no longer counting our sins against us because He has reconciled us to Himself by satisfying His claims of justice against us with the blood of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, who died for our sins willingly, and was then raised from the dead after three days.
That is GOOD NEWS! I no longer have a reason to fear my inevitable exit from this life! It is actually quite comforting, unlike that mask that we wear in public places that doesn’t really save us in any permanent way.
Of course, there really is BAD NEWS available. For instance, “The soul who sins shall die…” (Ezekiel 18:19). And what kind of death is this? After all, doesn’t everyone die anyway? This might be illuminating:
“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Jesus also said, “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” (Luke 12:15.)
At this point you may say, “Well, that seems like bad news that is permanent!” And you would be right! It is! But that is why WE MUST DENY IT! And we can deny it by believing the GOOD NEWS that cancels it. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:1-2, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
Believe the GOOD NEWS, that Christ has paid for your sins with His blood, and become a BAD NEWS DENIER!
Donald Marsh ©2020