Bethlehem College & Seminary Chancellor and Desiring God founder John Piper recently gave a message about what he called “six truths” regarding the nature of God’s wrath.
Piper opened his remarks at a conference on Wednesday by declaring that the “greatest peril facing every person” was “the righteous wrath of God against guilty sinners, leading to everlasting suffering.”
“Poverty, hunger, disease, war, crime, climate change, addictions, homelessness, ignorance, sex trafficking: these bring great global suffering — and they pale in comparison to the peril of being under the wrath of God,” stated Piper.
“They are all tragic, but they are all temporary. They may last a lifetime, but the wrath of God lasts forever.”
From there, Piper laid out the six truths: the wrath of God is “righteous,” “terrible and eternal,” “coming in final judgment,” “owing to our sin,” “God’s prerogative” instead of “ours,” and “has already begun.”
“In America today, it would not be wrong to say that we are collapsing morally at every level of society and ripening for judgment. That would be a true statement, I believe; it’s just misleading because the collapse itself is judgment,” said Piper.
“And if you want to read how that works, just look at the rest of Romans 1, and you will see what Paul means by the present activity of the wrath of God giving men over to their sin.”
While stating that he believes America is currently undergoing judgment from God, Piper also stressed that Christians should still “pray for revival” and “pray for awakening.”
Regarding that the wrath of God is “God’s prerogative, not ours,” Piper spoke about how believers should not “take God’s prerogative and become the mediators of wrath.”
“We die for our enemies; we don’t kill them. We don’t pronounce damnation on infidels; we evangelize them. We plead with them. We love them. We call them. We go to them,” continued Piper.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski