God is angry with the wicked every day. (Psalms 7:11b)
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. (Psalms 9:17)
… He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36 b,c)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (Romans 1:18a)
It is my duty as a Christian to tell people who are not followers of Jesus Christ the sobering truth that they are in great danger every moment that they remain in their unbelief. There is nothing more certain to make some of them howl with laughter, while others will gnash their teeth in rage; nevertheless, it is the truth still, and must be told. For the Christian faith makes no sense whatsoever, until it is understood that there is an angry God in heaven whose wrath must be appeased by a sacrifice that we cannot make for ourselves. The pertinent facts are these:
There is a God in heaven who sees all that we do, and who will judge us all in the last day.
This God is holy, righteous and good; and will judge each one according to his works.
God cannot be bought off by anything that we might do. He has His own plan for the salvation of sinners, and recognizes no other.
As God is pleased with those who love, trust, and serve Him; so He is deeply angry with those who despise Him and His laws.
God does not apologize for His wrath. It is as much a necessity of His holy nature to hate sin, as it is to love goodness.
The wrath of God abides continually upon those who do not believe; and those who die unconverted will feel that wrath every moment of their existence, in Hell, to all eternity.
God is benevolent towards all men. He wishes us well; and would be pleased if we would turn from our sins and do what is right. At the same time, He hates what we do, and what we are as sinners. His intrinsic kindness does not make Him soft on crime!
Every time we sin, and transgress the law of God, we insult God, whose law we break. We challenge His sovereignty. We impugn His right to govern His own creatures. We reject His authority. We offend His holiness. We doubt His wisdom, His power, His goodness. We derogate from His infinite majesty. Sin is therefore, as the apostle says, “exceeding sinful”.
God is too wise to be fooled by our lame excuses. We must answer for all our sins which we have committed during our whole lives. Especially will we then regret the opportunities we have had to turn from sin to God, which we have squandered.
The result is, that every mouth shall be stopped, and all the world will be seen to be worthy of the damnation of Hell. We will finally realize — too late — that we have been complete fools, and have traded our immortal souls for such a cheap thing as the few brief thrills that the world has given us.
Our lives are short and uncertain. We have no assurance that we will live out the day. How foolish is it to risk sudden and eternal death when we have been warned!
The danger is unimaginably great! The sufferings of this life are softened by its comforts and pleasures. But there will be no pleasures or diversions in Hell! No sports, no eating and drinking, no pleasures of the flesh or of the mind, no relief in sleep — only the uninterrupted misery of pain, sorrow, and regret!
We can usually find some consolation in our family or friends. If we encounter friends or family there, we will have no comfort in them; but rather mutual recriminations, loathing and hatred because of the evil influences we have had on each other, that have helped to bring us to such a place!
And we can bear many things because we know that all our earthly afflictions will end after a time. But Hell goes on forever!
We do not have to consciously hate God to deserve Hell. Many will go there who have never been aware of any animosity in their hearts against God. It is enough to be indifferent to Him. Most people just do not care very much what God thinks or wants, or what rights He may lay claim to. They think that He should be pleased with them if they throw Him the leftovers of their lives — if they serve Him when it is convenient for them to do so. But the Bible says “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psalms 9:17)
God demands that He be the God of our lives — that we treat Him as God should be treated. He is the author of our being! He is to be worshiped, loved, trusted, feared! In comparison to Him, nothing and no one else matters; and it should be so in our hearts. We are to have no other gods before Him. His will must be the only rule of our lives. All our decisions must be based on our understanding of what would please Him. Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, all should be done for the glory and honor of God!
It is because we fail to do any thing of the sort — because we are motivated by a dominating selfishness, and a love of things that are evil in God’s sight that we are all subject to condemnation and perdition unless we are in Christ. Every knee shall bow before that great white throne, and no one will be able to argue that his sentence is unjust, or that God has made a terrible mistake in his case. Conscience will unite with the sentence of God in the day of judgment and say “Amen”!
How much better to say it now, to bow down today and confess God’s judgment just, suing for pardon through Jesus Christ! He is the answer to God’s wrath; and He is ready to hear from humbled sinners who have so far surrendered to the power of truth that they have abandoned the vain attempt to justify themselves. If that is your case, then go to Him and confess that you have no hope except His sovereign mercy. Trust in His goodness and His willingness to save those for whom He died! Trust Him, I say! And you will find that He is able to save to the uttermost all those who come unto God by Him.
Howard Douglas King April 20, 2018