R.C. Sproul, Jr:
While the second view, the more intuitive, the more historical view has more to go for it than the politically correct more modern view, I’m afraid they both seriously miss the point. Yes, the wrath of God is revealed against all unrighteousness. Yes, sexual perversity is both a result of God’s wrath and a provocation of God’s wrath. But a more careful look at the story tells us why Sodom was destroyed. It was destroyed not because of the evil of the unbelievers. It was destroyed because of a lack of a remnant. God destroyed Sodom because of the failure of the church, of the believers.
Thabiti Anyabwile, offering a “mild rant”:
It doesn’t matter what the topic is. Men and women struggling to get along in their marriages? ”The gospel.” Someone struggling to find work in this economy? ”Believe ‘the gospel’.” The mechanic just “fixed” your car–again–and charged you–again–for the same problem you noticed last week? Think of “the gospel.” The Russian high court sentencing a punk rock band to two years in prison for a flash mob performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral? ”They need the gospel.” Want rock hard abs? Try “gospel” aerobics. I smashed my little toe against the dresser? All together now, “the gospel.”
It’s ubiquitous. And it’s becoming an inflexible law. We dare not face any issue without the requisite hat tip to “the gospel.” If we do, there’s bound to be someone to write us a ticket for our verbal violation, to insist we missed a “gospel” opportunity.
Cheap Books and eBooks:
Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray – $2.99
Saw these over at WTS Books and they’re almost certainly worth a look:
Disability and the Gospel by Michael S. Beates – $8.67 (46% off cover price)
Preaching that Gets Through by Stuart Olyott – $3.20
We need God’s word like we need food. We simply can’t live without it. What happens when you don’t eat? You’re starved, lacking in energy, irritable, distracted, prone to temptation, tired.