Are You Comfortable Knowing You’re in God’s Hands?

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (1741) by Jonathan Edwards

“People were so changed before the sermon was ended that they were ‘bowed down with an awful conviction of their sin and danger.””
George Whitefield preaching in the open air.

Within 100 years after the Pilgrims and the Puritans came to the New World and established their colonies at Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay, the spiritual condition in the American Colonies had fallen into a state of decline and lukewarmness. Several social and economic factors contributed to this. During the early 1700’s, the population and diversity of people and religion in the colonies was growing rapidly. As colonies became more populated, families began to settle further from the center of the community. As a result of this, church attendance and membership decreased due to distance. Families living in more isolated wilderness areas in the west developed a spirit of independence and self-sufficiency, and their dependence on church and civil government lessened. As efforts were focused on physical survival, attention to spiritual matters seemed less important, while on the other hand, an interest in materialism was on the rise. But towards the middle of the century God brought about a spiritual revival in New England known as The Great Awakening, an event that proved to actually be a key factor in uniting the colonies leading up to the Revolution. Continue reading “Are You Comfortable Knowing You’re in God’s Hands?”

Okay, So God is Holy — So What?

holinessThe Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul

“Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself…The slightest sin is an act of defiance against cosmic authority…It is an insult to his holiness.”

If you are paying attention at all, it should be evident how little God is respected in today’s society. If He is acknowledged to exist at all, He’s viewed as “The Big Guy Upstairs,” or His name is merely used as an expletive. People say, “Thank God” and “God Bless You” without even really giving God a thought. And what about the term “OMG” that everyone uses? Even Christians! Really?? It seems to me that God is not taken very seriously at all, and that includes by many Christians. People expect certain things from God without considering (or caring about) what it is that He expects of them.

Some people incorrectly develop a dual view of God as He is presented in the Old and New Testaments. Continue reading “Okay, So God is Holy — So What?”