“Danger ahead” signs on the highways … “Danger” on bottles that contain poison … “Beware of the Propellers” at some airfields … “Thin Ice” on ponds and rivers in the winter … “Cross at Intersections” … “Beware of the Dog” … “Speed Limit …”—all of us live with warnings on every hand. We take them as a matter of course, and if we stop to think we are thankful for them. We know they are meant for our good.
Strange to say, however, many of us resent any word of warning about our spiritual welfare. The possibility of danger in regard to our eternal destiny is only too often hidden by a conspiracy of silence. Now that the reality of the devil and of hell are ridiculed, even by many who teach and preach, it has become passé to speak of sin and judgment and the world to come.
Men in many secular fields recognize their responsibility to warn of particular dangers. State and federal laws require that there be clear and adequate warnings against certain hazards. But many ministers of the Gospel are silent about the Bible’s warning of “the wrath to come”—a subject about which Jesus, John the Baptist, Matthew, Luke, and John speak clearly.
John, in the Revelation, describes a day when the wrath of the spurned Christ will be poured out: “Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?’ ” (6:15–17, RSV).
Why is there silence on this subject about which God so clearly warns us in the Bible?
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