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

It’s interesting that in Psalm 7:11, the wrath of God is couched in its relationship to God’s justice. A perfectly “just judge” of all of the world who is incapable of being angry about evil could not possibly be good. That God is angry, as we say, is “righteous indignation” — an appropriate reaction to the reality of injustice. It is injustice that angers God, and it is because He is just, righteous and holy, that He has wrath.

If Jesus in His incarnation ever had occasion to be righteously angry but wasn’t, it was when He was betrayed by one of his closest associates, Judas — with a kiss, no less (Matthew 26:47-50, Mark 14:43-45). That truly added insult to injury. Yet, Jesus took it with the utmost equanimity, and in His High Priestly Prayer, He almost passively alluded to Judas as “the son of destruction,” as He petitioned the Father to keep His faithful disciples (John 17:10-12).

In His incarnation, Jesus’ anger was most clearly seen in His cleansing of the temple (Matthew 21:12-17, John 2:13-15). If anyone tries to distance the wrath of God the Father from God the Son, let’s remember the terrifying words in the Psalmist’s admonition to “kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled” (Psalm 2:12).

Even the money-changers, the chief priests and the scribes knew to get out of Jesus’ way, because they understood enough not to stand in the way of an apoplectic Christ. If we would evade that fury, we must embrace Him, giving Him not the kiss of Judas, but the kiss of love in which He delights.

 

Further study

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonathan Edwards

God in the Hands of Angry Sinners, R.C. Sproul

Is God Angry?, Jim Harnish

God’s Furious Anger, Robert Rothwell

Real Love Wins, Burk Parsons

The Disappearance of Hell, John MacArthur

Hell on Trial, John Blanchard

The Biblical Evidence for Hell, Christopher Morgan

Natural Men in a Dreadful Condition, Jonathan Edwards

Wrath to the Uttermost, Jonathan Edwards

The End of the Wicked Contemplated by the Righteous, Jonathan Edwards

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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