blog: Is there such a thing as "The Gospel of Jesus Christ" apart from the reality of the "Wrath of God" against sinners? As twenty-first century believers, let us resist the temptation to water down the good news of Jesus. Let us take the counsel of our nineteenth century brother, J.C. Ryle,
Let us beware of being wise above that which is written, and
more charitable than Scripture itself. Let the language of John the
Baptist be deeply engraved in our hearts. Let us never be ashamed to
avow our firm belief, that there is a "wrath to come" for the
impenitent, and that it is possible for a man to be lost as well as to
be saved. To be silent on the subject is dreadful treachery to men's
souls. It only encourages them to persevere in wickedness, and fosters
in their minds the devil's old delusion, "You shall not surely die."
That minister is surely our best friend who tells us honestly of danger,
and warns us, like John the Baptist, to "flee from the wrath to come."
Never will a man flee until he sees there is real cause to be afraid.
Never will he seek heaven until be is convinced that there is risk of
his falling into hell. The religion in which there is no mention of
hell, is not the religion of John the Baptist, and of our Lord Jesus,
and His apostles.