Sinners_in_the_Hands_of_an_Angry_God_by_Jonathan_Edwards_1741Edwards wrote:

“So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell … The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood. Thus all you that never passed under a great change of heart, by the mighty power of the Spirit of God upon your souls; all you that were never born again, and made new creatures, and raised from being dead in sin, to a state of new, and before altogether unexperienced light and life, are in the hands of an angry God … O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any Mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment.”

Compare that sobering treatise with the statement on Grace Church’s website (as of Feb. 17, 2015):

“Therefore, every believer can have absolute confidence that God isn’t angry with you, no matter what has happened in your life … This basic tenant of God’s disposition is also true toward the non-believer. God isn’t angry with you! He sent His only Son, Jesus to die for you. To pay the price for sin that you could never pay. He isn’t willing that any perish in unbelief, yet He will not force His hand, no matter how loving and sacrificial it is in its extension toward you. God’s anger against sin is focused on the system, be it religious or not, that opposes and misrepresents His incredible offer of salvation to anyone who will believe. Christ didn’t die for the world system, He died for you!”

There is some truth to the latter statements, but decide for yourself which is less a compound of truth and error, and which is more congruous with what God’s Word actually teaches about God’s righteous indignation. Our only escape from the winepress of the wrath of God is to be grafted into the one true vine, Jesus Christ. The cross was an act of Jesus in which he took upon himself the wrath that we deserve. He assumed that wrath for our sake, so that in trusting his complete work, we do not ever have to worry about suffering it ourselves. GRACE: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

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