Friday, April 15, 2011

Consequences of Sin Part III

For the last thirty years or more the message of the wrath of God has been almost totally obsolete in the pulpits.  People have talked about a God of love but that has been interpreted in the minds of man as a God of permissiveness; which means He’s a God who will let you do anything and get away with it because He is love.
As a result, the churches are emptier than ever before and instead of turning to God, people have defied God, refusing to believe in Him and turning from Him. 
You cannot just preach about the wrath of God without the love of God, because the wrath of God grows out of His love.
The good news is that no man who turns to God will ever experience His wrath.  The fear that God is a God of wrath seems to picture Him as being vengeful without reason, but that is not so.
God only destroys and exercises His wrath when people have rejected His love.  There is a way of escape and we can avoid the wrath of God.   God’s whole purpose has been to call our attention to that way so we may take it.
Only by the grace of God and the gift of repentance can a man be saved from his folly and the snare of Satan (II Tim. 2:25-26).
God knows those who take refuge in Him and for those His heart is always open.
Jesus said, “It's urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living.”        John 5:24   Message Bible

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