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

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.

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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