Is it smart to forget God's wrath?

Peter Jensen  |  Features
Date posted:  1 Jun 2008
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One of the gravest weaknesses of contemporary Christianity is the little attention paid to the wrath of God. We have become sentimental and have so stressed the love of God as to become unwilling to talk about his wrath.

In part this is because the culture will not let us do so. There is an outcry whenever the clear teaching of the Bible is given in public. Church members have to live in this world. They do not want their minister to talk about unpopular or divisive subjects. The minister is aware of this and he is tempted to soft-peddle on matters that are scriptural. Among them is the subject of God’s wrath.

Inadequate view of sin

There is an even deeper reason. Many false teachings (or lack of true teaching) begin with an inadequate idea of human sin. In the 20th century, there were significant advances made in psychology. We learned more clearly than ever before the effect of the brain on human behaviour, the shaping we experience through our parents, and the sort of things which motivate and explain the way we operate. Much of this has been for the real betterment of people.

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