Newsletter November 1, 2017

A WORD FROM THE PREACHER

By Bob Ponchot

BECAUSE OF THESE

 We would far rather speak of the love of God than the wrath of God. And yet, the wrath of God is not only mentioned in the Bible many times, it is also a part of the very nature of God. The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:6, “Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Because of what? He gives the answer in verse 5: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature (flesh); sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”

 As we look over this list of “because of these”, many of us would find ourselves hanging our head. How many of us are guilty? And were it not for the love, mercy and grace of God expressed in Jesus Christ, we would one day come face to face with the all-consuming wrath of God.

 The wrath of God is His holy anger against sin. God’s wrath is His holy retribution against sin. That wrath of God was demonstrated over and over again in the Old Testament. We see it in the days of Noah, at Sodom and Gomorrah, and against unrepentant Israel.

The wrath of God is dealt with in Revelation 16 when John hears a loud voice saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” While this text may be veiled in apocalyptic language, it does not negate the fact that God’s wrath has been poured out and will be poured out on the earth. The question is, will His wrath increase on this planet, as time goes on, or will it diminish?

 I would like to believe that things are going to get better on the earth before Jesus comes. But, I do not see it that way. I have watched television. I have seen too many commercials. I am well aware of the corruption in government. Sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed are the order of the day. While the church of Jesus Christ is “a holy nation” the rest of the world is unholy and in dire need of cleansing. This is why we must not neglect preaching and teaching on the subject of God’s wrath. Who will warn the people if His church does not? Who will tell them how to escape the wrath of God if the church remains silent on this subject?

 We dare not get too complacent in our comfortable church building with all the hoopla, while God is pleading for someone to lead His world to redemption. That task is yours and it is mine. If our world fails to heed the warning, may it not be because we failed to give it. Paul’s words still ring true: “Preach the Word: be prepared in season and out of season...”

HOW GOD SAW US IN OCTOBER
September 1: 46 $2443.00
September 8: 45 $1555.00
September 15: 39 $1060.00
September 22: 52 $1397.00
September 29: 41 $1108.00

 

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