The True God of the Bible

Rolfe Barnard,

“We find these striking words in Psalm 9:17: “The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations that forget God” And in Psalm 7:11, we find these words: “God is angry with the wicked every day.” Despite everything we hear today, Hell, God’s eternal penitentiary of the damned, is a terrible reality that men need to be faced with these days. I am aware of the fact that the popular “god” of the popular Christianity today is not the God of the Bible. Like a dead trunk, the popular “god” has no eyes to see, no ears to hear, and no arms to punish the ungodly. But the God of the Bible had fire in Sodom. He had a rod of iron for Samaria, for Tyre, for Jerusalem, and for Belshazzar. The God of the Bible dashed to pieces entire nations like a potter’s vessel.

However, the modern “god” has no judgment in his hand; according to the popular gospel today, the modern “god” has sheathed the sword, and sits down as an indulgent weakling. His arm which used to visit vengeance upon impenitent sinners, now hangs nerveless and paralyzed–that is the popular “god” of today. I refuse to worship such a “god”–such a “god” is the creation of man’s wishes, but not the true God of the Bible.”

[further into the sermon]

“I am not ashamed of trying to scare men unto God. If the Bible be true – and it is – there are things that men ought to fear. I don’t want to go to Hell and I’m enough of a Christian, I hope, that I don’t want anybody to go to Hell. I thank God the Gospel shows us that God does not want men to go to Hell. I thank God the Bible is true, that He prefers to show mercy instead of justice. I thank God the Scripture says in 1 Timothy 2:3-4, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth.”

I am preaching to you now in a generation that has heard so little of the terrible, terrible truth of Hell. We need to face the truth, and when we do, we shall find again that the God of all the earth has spoken, Psalm 9:17, “The wicked SHALL be turned into Hell, and all the nations that forget God.” The Reality of Hell


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