Is God an Angry Monster? Presbyterians and Baptists Debate
by Moody Adams “The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a multi-denominational tussle, with Baptists joining the fray. At issue are various Christian doctrines of the atonement, which attempt to explain why Jesus died and whether his death satisfies God’s wrath over humankind’s sinfulness. But some Christians warn that emphasizing these doctrines may have the unintended consequence of turning God into an angry deity who had to be appeased by shedding Jesus’ blood,” reports Bob Smietana of the Religious News Service.
The song, “In Christ Alone” lyrics say that as Jesus died on the cross, “the wrath of God was satisfied.” The Presbyterians want the words changed to “the love of God was magnified.”
One Baptist newspaper editor sided with the Presbyterians made things worse, said the Rev. John Thweatt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pell City, Al.
Our pagan world seeks to hide the wrath of God from the public. Preachers are deliberately leaving out the scores of Bible verses on the “wrath of God,” and tickle the ears of their congregations.
‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
‘For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Ropmans 1:18).
“… God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11).