Westside Baptist Church of York  
Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

"... with unquenchable fire."
Matthew 3:12

When John the Baptist ministered in his generation, he warned his hearers to flee from the wrath to come. The wrath of God was the wrath of which he spoke. Sin was the cause of that wrath -- that righteous wrath, that powerful wrath, that everlasting wrath. Friend, each of our sins deserves God's wrath and curse both in this life and that which is to come. This is the message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In Genesis, God threatened His wrath against Adam and Eve if they disobeyed Him. In Revelation we read that the impenitent and unbelieving are cast into the lake of fire.

Of course, many people do not believe that God is capable of such wrath. Satan said to Eve, "You will not surely die." Mankind is ever prone to think of God, not as He declares Himself to be, but as they wish Him to be. Whenever God is viewed only in terms of love and not in terms of wrath as well, men must reinterpret the purpose of the death of Christ. How does the Bible describe Christ's death? As a propitiation of appeasement of God's wrath for our sins (I John 4:10); By Christ becoming a curse for sinners on the cross. (Galatians 3:13). Christians are told that having been forgiven through His blood, they "shall be saved from wrath through Him." (Romans 5:9). Whenever men deny the existence of hell, they must go on to reinterpret the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Dear Reader, the greatness of God's love for sinners is revealed in the greatness of His wrath against sin. God hates our sins and will punish them. But God loves sinners and sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, to quench His wrath against all who will believe in His Son. Those who do not receive the gift of His Son, He will burn "with unquenchable fire."



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