The Wrath of God

romansAn exposition of Romans 1:18-25. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, November 1, 2009.

It is not a popular subject.  In fact it is decidedly unpopular!  It is even offensive to modern ears.  Harry Emerson Fosdick a leading figure in the American church at the beginning of the 20th century said in his popular book, A Guide to the Understanding of the Bible, that primitive man had a devilish concept of God.  Noah’s God destroyed the earth with a flood.  Abraham’s God was a bloodthirsty God who wanted human sacrifice.  The God of Moses was the horrible God of volcanic fire, speaking from Sinai.  But little by little as the centuries rolled on man’s concept of God improved.  David’s God had some high ethical views though there were still primitive notions of calling down God’s wrath on your enemies.  God was really improving during the time of the prophets.  He now hated unrighteousness and spoke out against the oppression of the poor and other crimes committed by men.  By the time of Christ we find the concept of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.  This was a great improvement but alas Jesus still held to that repugnant idea of Hell.

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