Watch this excellent 33 minute video in which Tony Evans discusses why he believes we are experiencing the passive wrath of God in America today. Video from Encounter Today
The passive wrath of God is when He has been so marginalized in a culture that He releases us to experience life without him.
2 Chronicles 15:3-6
3 For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, 4 but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. 5 In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 They were broken in pieces. Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress.
We see in Old Testament the powerful, active wrath of God through the Flood, the destroying of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the exile of Israel to Babylon. God’s active wrath was intense and very scary. Exodus 15:12 poignantly proves the point, “You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them.” God used his power over his created universe by ripping the earth open to swallow those who were denying him before men. Isaiah declares God’s wrath poured out, “By the wrath of the Lord Almighty the land will be scorched, and the people will be fuel for the fire” (Is. 9:19). How terrifying the active wrath of God is to contemplate.
In the New Testament and to the present, we find the passive wrath of God. Paul describes the act of God that is very disturbing and sobering in light of our world today, “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to T the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God fora lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans 1:24-25) God saw that men and women were unashamedly and completely ignoring his commands, so he withdrew his favor. God then gives people over to their deepest, darkest depravities and sins. The still small voice of the Person of the Holy Spirit is silent.
“For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death” (James 1:13-15). The consequences then fall completely on us God does not tempt, but our sin nature tempts us to fulfill our depraved desires and lusts.
Is this where we find ourselves in America today?
The solution? Repent of our sinful living and thinking, be humbled before God. Pray and read scripture.
Be active in our world in showing a Gospel Centered life!