Thursday, January 04, 2007

OFFENDING A HOLY GOD

"Reverence, respect and solemnity for the character of God must begin and accompany true gospel preaching. The glorifying of God in preaching extols His character, holiness, attributes and draws a large conception of God. The problem with this modern day synthetic gospel is that we preach man's need and not God's character with utmost urgency. True gospel preaching tells men that they have offended a holy God who will by no means wink at sin. Walter Chantry said: "Christ's gospel sends men to beg pardon of the Holy One!" We have to realize that the holiness of God is what we have offended and sinned against and are in active rebellion to this infinitely pure God. A modern day fallacy is to say that all people know of God and His true character, nothing is farther from the truth. People are ready to talk about God in a religious sense but are utterly ignorant of God and His holiness. We are making an awful mistake in taking for granted that sinners know who God is! We lack severely in these two areas: Preaching the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man both of these truths need to be addressed to the hearers conscience directly, not argued but proclaimed."

--Greg Gordon, sermonindex.net

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny how does this fit with Romans 1: 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Man is ignorant only because he chooses to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. My only concern here is that I do not follow that example although I rather expect at times even the Lords people do as the world does. I would rather not have this entered but wanted to bounce it off you. It is your blog so do as you please. Thanks again
Hank

1:15 AM  
Blogger Jim from OldTruth.com said...

A great post, and a great Walter Chantry quote. Thank you!

5:58 AM  

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