Turn or burn

“If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it
ready.” Psalm 7:12

Suggested Further Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12

God has a sword, and he will punish man on account of his iniquity. This evil
generation has laboured to take away from God the sword of his justice; they
have endeavoured to prove to themselves that God will “clear the guilty,” and
will by no means “punish iniquity, transgression and sin.” Two hundred years
ago the predominant strain of the pulpit was one of terror: it was like Mount
Sinai, it thundered forth the dreadful wrath of God, and from the lips of a
Baxter or a Bunyan, you heard most terrible sermons, full to the brim with
warnings of judgment to come. Perhaps some of the Puritan fathers may have
gone too far, and have given too great a prominence to the terrors of the Lord
in their ministry: but the age in which we live has sought to forget those
terrors altogether, and if we dare to tell men that God will punish them for
their sins, it is charged upon us that we want to bully them into religion,
and if we faithfully and honestly tell our hearers that sin must bring after
it certain destruction, it is said that we are attempting to frighten them
into goodness. Now we care not what men mockingly impute to us; we feel it our
duty, when men sin, to tell them they shall be punished, and so long as the
world will not give up its sin we feel we must not cease our warnings. But the
cry of the age is, that God is merciful, that God is love. Who said he was
not? But remember, it is equally true, God is just, severely and inflexibly
just. He were not God, if he were not just; he could not be merciful if he
were not just.

For meditation: The “meek and lowly” Lord Jesus Christ spoke often of judgment
because of his care for the souls of men and his longing for them to repent
and find rest (Matthew 11:20-30).

Sermon no. 106 / 7 December (1856) – Charles Spurgeon

– Bible Gateway.Com

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