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If ‘GOD IS NOT ANGRY,’ why is the billboard in all caps?

“The whole idea of the wrath of God seems to make people angry,” Dr. Sproul has observed. “It provokes our wrath because we don’t like to think of this wonderful God of grace and of love and mercy as being given to anger … [but] if we want to deny the reality of the wrath of God, we’re going to have to take some very large scissors and a whole lot of paste to the Scriptures themselves, because even a cursory reading of the Bible will indicate that the theology of sacred Scripture is one that takes very seriously this idea of the wrath of God.”

Wrath in itself is not an attribute of God. Wrath is God’s reaction to all that is not holy. Far from being unbecoming of the character of God, wrath expresses the Lord’s displeasure toward sin and evil, proceeding from His inherent attribute of holiness. The notion that “GOD IS NOT ANGRY” is actually a diminution of His holy character. Scripture uses strong images and graphic terms to communicate the idea of God’s sore displeasure. Here are a few samples of what Holy Writ actually has to say about God’s fury toward unconverted, unrepentant sinners:

“God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.
If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.”
(Psalm 7:11-13)

(Deuteronomy 4:23-24) “Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the Lord your God has forbidden you. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

“Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
(Psalm 2:12)

(John 3:16-18, 36) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God … Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

(Acts 17:31) “[God] has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

(Revelation 14:19-20) “So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia.”

(Revelation 19:15) “From his [Jesus’] mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.”

(Isaiah 59:18) “According to their deeds, so will he repay,
wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render repayment.”

(Romans 9:22-23) “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory?”

And perhaps the most apropos line of Scripture for this particular situation:

(Ephesians 5:6) “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

One thought on “If ‘GOD IS NOT ANGRY,’ why is the billboard in all caps?

  1. RJP

    iJimmy wrote this letter to Grace Orlando tonight before reading your post, which I enjoyed. Thanks be to God for given me wisdom, discernment and a heart for exhortation since coming to Christ 13 years ago.

    Just wondering if it’s your billboard that is there at the entrance to I4 from the Longwood exit?
    > finally getting around to commenting on that.
    > it sounds like you’re wanting to extend your arms out in love to the community and I don’t have a problem with that I don’t have a problem with your billboard either everybody has the right to free speech right? And in fact I’m an evangelical Christian. But if you’re a man of God shepherding his flock, it is important to represent God for who he is.
    > I’m just wondering where you get the notion that God is not angry.? Do you think he is not angry and it does not grieve his heart to see a nation deny him or turn away from him or murder unborn babies or partake in homosexuality and gay marriage? All of these abominations to the Lord are just a few.of the many things that would make him angry.
    > now I would agree that God is first and foremost in his character a loving God. but I would not go as far as saying he is not angry. that statement gives me the impression of someone that wants to smooth over our sin nature and the crimes we are committing against one another and the Lord to make people  “feel good”. God is capable now of being angry just as he was throughout history as told in His Word. We know of his anger and his wrath but in every and all circumstances he also restores His people to Himself. 
    > Why would you say that God Is Not Angry? I’d like to hear your take on this. 
    > Sincerely, 
    > R Pippin

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