WARNING IN THE GOSPEL
By A. W. Tozer
He that believeth not is condemned already.
- John 3:18
When God warns a nation or a city, a church or a
person, it is a grievous sin to ignore such warning. In
conservative Christianity, we believe that the Christian
message does indeed contain an element of alarm, but
not all Christians believe this.
Some have been taught that the Christian gospel is
"good news exclusively." They believe that the only way
to explain the full meaning of the Christian gospel is to
quote one verse: "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will
"That is it! That is all there is to it," they say.
They surely need to be reminded that in the use of
language, it is impossible to make certain definite
statements without bringing to mind that which is exactly
So, when the Scriptures admonish us to believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ to be saved, there comes to our mind the
fact of mankind's lost condition and the starkly plain
message to those who do not believe: "He that believeth on
him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned
already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God."
- John 3:18.
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.