‘Preaching the Wrath of God’ by Steven Lawson
EXCELLENT POST! We must preach and teach that God is not only God of GRACE- Loving Kindness and Tender Mercies, but also God of JUDGMENT AND WRATH! The whole counsel of God must be presented without compromise; this is what the gospel of the kingdom of God is about.
Preaching the Wrath of God
The Genevan Reformer John Calvin said, “Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace.” Faithful pulpit ministry requires the declaration of both judgment and grace. The Word of God is a sharp, two-edged sword that softens and hardens, comforts and afflicts, saves and damns.
The preaching of divine wrath serves as a black velvet backdrop that causes the diamond of God’s mercy to shine brighter than ten thousand suns. It is upon the dark canvas of divine wrath that the splendor of His saving grace most fully radiates. Preaching the wrath of God most brilliantly showcases His gracious mercy toward sinners.
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Rev. Gary Hall, top religious leader from Washington’s National Cathedral ‘spiritual resource for our nation’ celebrates same-sex marriages and says that opposing homosexuality is harmful to children, etc. Isaiah 5:20 says “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. . .”
“We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. They are sin. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for who they love is a sin. Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them as they fully are.” These aren’t the words of an outspoken gay activist at a rally. Or, well, maybe they sort of are. These words came from the lips of Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of Washington’s National Cathedral, in a recent Sunday sermon. Hall was speaking during a weekend that honored lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and commemorated the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death. Shepard was tragically murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in 1998. But Hall’s sermon wasn’t an isolated instance or…
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Gordon King says, “My concern is not that these people will be attending the churches, but that they will attempt to change the meaning of the bible. To twist the bible for their own vain pleasures. To keep the pastors from preaching the whole truth of God’s words. This is my main concern. The falling away of the church. A Spiritual decline in the church and the body of believers. I see it happening already around the country. The declining church. Apostasy in the church. The forming of a new religion: “Chris-Lam”.
Commentary By: Gordon King
Church is a place of worship. A place for fellow believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, to come to him in praise, thanks giving and adoration. To worship our God together in faith, courage and strength. To encourage one another in the faith. To guide and teach one another the truth.
What if our churches are filled with practicing homosexuals, lesbians and transsexuals? Will this have an impact on the structure of the church? Will this sway church policy and teaching practices. Will the church then accept homosexuality as “normal”. I have had this thought going through my mind for a while now. I have not heard anyone speak out on this subject, which I think is a vitally important subject, living in the times that we are.
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Hey, we don’t want to be hated, do we?! Then who is Matthew 10:22 talking about- “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we are not fighting each other, but are engaged in a spiritual battle. The problem is with fighting with God over this issue of homosexuality, those who stand with God or those who are God-haters.