The Holiness of God: Chapter 9

The title of this chapter was, “God in the Hands of Angry Sinners.” Of course, that title is a play on the famous Johnathan Edwards sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God.” I love that sermon because I get chills whenever I read or listen to it. It seems unfortunate we don’t hear sermons like that anymore.

This is an excellent reading of Mr. Edward’s sermon by Max  McLean. It is nineteen minutes long, but a wonderful listen!

For this chapter I want to share some of my favorite quotes found within it.

“Gone are the Gothic arches; gone are the stained-glass windows; gone are the sermons that stir the soul to moral anguish. Ours is an upbeat generation with accent on self-improvement and a broadminded view of sin.”

“If we had any compassion for other people, we would wail at the thought of a single one of them falling into the pit of hell. We could not stand to hear the cries of the damned for five seconds. To be exposed to God’s fury for a moment would be more than we could bear. To contemplate it for eternity is too awful to consider.”

“If we hate the wrath of God, it is because we hate God Himself. We may protest vehemently against these charges, but our vehemence only confirms our hostility toward God. We may say emphatically, “No, it is not God I hate; it is Edwards that I hate. God is altogether sweet to me. My God is a God of love.” But a loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as we carved Him out of stone.

“We reveal our natural hostility for God by the low esteem we have for Him. We consider Him unworthy of our total devotion. We take no delight in contemplating Him. Even for the Christian, worship is often difficult and prayer a burdensome duty.”

“The failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God. If that one point were grasped, there would be no more talk of mortal enemies of Christ coming to Jesus by their own power.” 

“… as we grow in knowledge of Him, we gain a deeper love for His purity, and sense a deeper dependence on His grace. We learn that He is all together worthy of our adoration. The fruit of our growing love for Him is the increase of reverence for His name. We love Him now because we see His loveliness. We adore Him now because we see His majesty. We obey Him now because His Holy Spirit dwells within us.”

Be Blessed,


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