How could one ever be afraid of the gospel?
Why should we ever be afraid of it?
Even Webster tells us that the word gospel means good news, glad tidings.
How right he is, for the word used by the scriptures and translated in our English by the word gospel literally means good news, glad tidings.
That a man is afraid to open the envelope containing a telegram, that he has inward fright when the telephone rings in the wee hours of the night is to be understood. These things often bring evil tidings, sad news. But the gospel is glad tidings. Why should we be afraid of it?
Did not the angel declare to the shepherds in the fields of Ephrata that their fear was out of place? Fear not, he said, for I bring you the gospel. That is literally what he said.