Many Christians call the gospel as the “Good News.” One sentence can’t adequately cover the subject, but it is basically the Bible teaching that a loving God has freely provided a way for anyone to enter His kingdom through a sincere faith and acceptance of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as a personal atonement for their sins.
The idea that sinners can be forgiven and brought into a right relationship with God by believing what the Bible says about Jesus and truly accepting Him as Lord and Saviour, asking for forgiveness, and asking Him to come into one’s heart is truly the greatest of all good news.
But this article is about two different kinds of good news.
The first item of good news concerns a “Resolution in Support of Israel.”
“Resolved, That the messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention meeting in Sevierville, Tennessee, November 15-16, 2016, commit to bless Israel (Genesis 12:3; Numbers 24:9) and be it further.”
“Resolved, That we support the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state and reject any activities that attack that right by promoting economic, cultural, and academic boycotts against Israel; and be it.”
“Resolved, That at this critical time when dangerous forces are mounting up against the nation of Israel, we recommit ourselves to pray for God’s peace to rule in Jerusalem and for the salvation of Israel (Psalm 122:6; Romans 10:1), for the Gospel is ‘God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew’ (Romans 1:16) and be it finally.”
“Resolved, That we pray for Israel and for all nations of the Middle East, that God would change hearts and bring peace through the work of grace in His Son, Jesus Christ.”
I was not present at the meeting, but I have been told that the resolution passed by more than 900 to 1. Praise God for the wisdom, faith, sound theology and courage of the Tennessee Baptist “Messengers.” God promised to bless those that bless Israel so their Biblical stand truly is good news (Gen. 12:3).
A second item of good news concerns a growing awareness of what is needed for America to be great again.
It has been reported that Donald Trump believes the good news of the Bible and he has accepted Jesus as his Savior.
After that, he selected a proven Christian (Mike Pence) to be his running mate.
After that, he promised to protect religious freedom and he took a strong pro-Israel stand.
After that, he announced the establishment of a new “Evangelical Executive Advisory Board” which includes Michele Bachman, James Dobson, Robert Jeffress, David Jeremiah, Richard Land, James Robison and several other highly respected spiritual leaders.
But he didn’t ask these leaders to endorse him. He asked these leaders to meet regularly and advise him on issues that are important to evangelicals and others of faith in the U.S.
After that, Dr. David Reagan wrote a three-part article contending that America’s greatest need is not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but spiritual renewal (Lamplighter Magazine, Lamb & Lion Ministries, Nov.-Dec. 2016).
Then, Sean Osborne called for Donald Trump’s “Evangelical Executive Advisory Board” to establish a National Day of Prayer and Repentance, and to have a meeting in the President’s White House office to pray and dedicate it as a place for the Lord’s will for America to be done (eschatologytoday.blogspot.com; Global SITREP D12-16).
This (or something like it) needs to be done. Donald Trump can’t make America great again, but God can. And Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board could get the ball rolling on Jan. 20, 2017 or before.
There is hope for America if Christians and ministries will ask for forgiveness and try to do what God wants us to do. But there is no hope for America if we don’t.
To God be the glory.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck