“but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:7
If Paul was writing such a strong letter to the churches in Galatia, could you imagine what he would write if he were writing to the church in America? Although false teachers and false gospels are all over the world, they are the worst in America. The reason being is because of the influence America has with the world. A false teacher in America has the biggest platform imaginable because of our country’s power and wealth.
Paul came against all and any gospel that was contrary to the one he preached. He condemned all false gospels in the hardest terms possible. The reason is because of the extreme importance of the gospel message. When you error on a subject like speaking in tongues, it will hurt or hinder a person from having all that God has for them. But when you error or twist the gospel you will actually lead people straight to the fires of hell.
For the first part of this post, I answered the question in general terms, if God is angry with people. As we looked into numerous scriptures we could easily see that God indeed is angry with sinners. He is very angry with sin and with those who are sinful.
Part of my desire to write on this subject has been because of many blanket statements I will see some ministers say and use for book titles. Such as Joyce Meyers’ book God is is not mad at you. Although I have not read this book, I would bet that it is a very good book, especially for those who deal with a lot of guilt or condemnation.
However I do have a problem with making blanket statements that we do not find in the Bible. When we post something to the whole world, to believers and unbelievers alike, such as God is not angry with you, we mislead people. From the unbelievers perspective, as they read it, they are being lied to. God is angry, and He is not angry only with their actions. He is not only angry at the unbelievers sinful actions, but He is angry with the person.
“God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.” Psalm 7:11
Is God Angry?
The answer to this question can get many people very angry. I find that usually people are in one side of the ditch or the other. Some people view God as an angry judge sitting on His throne in heaven, simply waiting for a reason to put 1 billion volts of electricity through you if you don’t do what He wants. Or maybe some think God is sitting at His computer waiting drop a piano on their heads! Then we have people in the other ditch who view God as always smiling down from Heaven, almost carelessly ignoring the evil of sin and rebellion to His word and will.
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-7
As Paul is addressing the church in Galatia and coming against false gospels that have arisen, it is very interesting that he says “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you.” The gospel was so very important to Paul that he equated turning away from the gospel to turning away from God Himself.
Do we put that much weight into the message of the gospel? Do our ministries and lives reflect the extreme importance of the gospel message? (more…)
Last month two Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door. I’m sure they were not ready to talk with someone who actually knew the Bible. I stood outside in the cold and talked with the two men. In love I warned them of their error. I told them of the false gospel they were preaching and how it would damn them and anyone who listens to their lies.
The one thing I focused on with them, was the divinity of Jesus Christ.