Publishing the Hard Biblical Truths
Submitted February 13, 2013
Did you know that many United States presidents take their oath of office on a Bible opened to a specific scripture? President Ronald Reagan’s Bible was opened to 2 Chronicles 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
See All…, a verse loaded with meaning: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
This unbreakable promise from God represents a critical one for the United States and virtually every nation on the planet Earth. Many hard things are biblically prophesied to take place before the glorious return of Jesus Christ. When they read these prophecies in the Bible, some people may ask: “Why does God have to be so harsh? Does God somehow want to punish sinners?” Here are three important truths that can help you understand God’s will and the purpose of The Good News :
1. Most of the prophecies of destruction recorded in the Bible simply reflect the collective consequences of the breaking of God’s law (1 John 3:4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
See All…). The apostle Paul recorded a great truth when he wrote: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
2. It is never God’s first choice that people suffer as a result of their sins. As the prophet Ezekiel declares: “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die?” (Ezekiel 33:11Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
See All…, New International Version).
3. There is always the possibility of repentance, whether by one of us or on a national scale. The prophet Jonah was sent by God to warn the people of ancient Nineveh of their impending destruction. Much to everyone’s surprise, “the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them” (Jonah 3:5So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
See All…, emphasis added throughout). Even Nineveh’s King declared: “let everyone turn from his evil way…Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?” (Jonah 3:8-9  But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
See All…). The result? “God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster… He did not do it” (Jonah 3:10And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
So even though our magazine is titled The Good News, sometimes we must proclaim some hard biblical truths in the lasting hope that some will read, heed and turn! I want to thank you for your interest, for your prayers and for your support. Please let us know if we can be of service to you as we proclaim God’s healing truth to a suffering world.