The bad news of rejecting the good news must be pressed home at some point.
But why lead with it? Preach Christ and his kingdom first! Give them something to reject... and so warrant the bad news
Christ and his kingdom first... Give them something to reject... and so warrant the bad news.
Why not follow the biblical pattern which declares the hopeless condition of all and the incomprehensible determinate council of God to show mercy and grace to sinners in Christ Jesus to redeem them through His substitutionary death and imputing His perfect righteousness to their account though faith in Him?
J.I. Packer is of the same mind: The Old Gospel and the New
Does the 'bad news' need a warrant to be declared? Isn't the 'bad news' and inherent and inseparable part of the true Gospel which is in its entirety 'good news'? Is it not an indisputable truth that the natural man hates God and by nature rejects the Gospel? God does NOT love sinners just the way they are! ALL are by nature children of wrath and liable to judgment. The 'good news' is that in love, God sent His only begotten Son to save them from
their sins so that they will not perish. The FIRST work of the Spirit is to convict a sinner of their sin(fulness) Joh 16:8 [notice the order how the Spirit works].