Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

God's holiness exceeds God's love for sinners

Allen Sleith's Thought for the Weekend (July 16) demonstrates much of what is wrong with preaching that emanates from many supposedly Christian pulpits.

He castigates those whom he labels as being guilty of 'spiritual terrorism' by declaring their emphasis to be wrong in identifying the Biblically-confirmed consequences of sin. Endorsing the modern seeker-sensitive or user-friendly approach to preaching he declares 'God loves you' to be the Christian gospel.

Like many others, Mr Sleith elevates God's love to being His supreme attribute - not so. God's supreme attribute, the one that sets Him totally apart from humanity, is His Holiness.

Declaring to sinful and fallen humanity that 'God is love' will never stir consciences to acknowledge their sinful lifestyles and all the resulting eternal consequences, but telling them that 'God is Holy' regularly does so as Paul confirmed by his words in Romans 7:7 and Galatians 3:24.

To go out and tell street rioters 'God loves you' is likely to evoke a response of either 'So... what' or 'that's great, I've nothing to worry about' but to tell them 'God is Holy and so punishes sin' might just cause them to have some anxious thoughts and to look afresh at the true gospel that 'Christ died for our sins' (1st Corinthians 15:3). That loving action by Christ will only truly be understood when God's Holiness and abhorrence of sin is fully recognised.



Cecil Andrews

'Take Heed' Ministries

Ballynahinch

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