Comment about The Wrath of God
God is love, but justice is also one of His attributes.
And what is justice? According to philosophy and law, “justice is giving each person what he or she deserves” (defined by Aristotle).
Therefore, if I commit an iniquity, I am going to receive what is rightly mine: evil. If I am unrighteous and deliberately live in sin, aware of what I am doing, the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice meant nothing. It will have no effect in my life. Now, one thing must remain clear: we are all sinners – and always will be sinners. What we cannot allow to happen is have our sins and iniquities dominate us. Unflagging vigilance is necessary.
Bishop, we should also give practical examples so everyone can understand: to live in sin is to live a lie; this is, it is consciously and repeatedly practicing a certain behavior that is prohibited by the Word of God: to lie; steal; kill; covet; envy; be greedy (there are people who give tithes and offerings out of fear of the devourer and not for love, this is why the windows of heaven are not opened for them. Besides, greed towards God and the work of God attracts grief and causes delay.); betraying your spouse; promiscuity (prostitution is sex without love – I don’t think it is sinful for a couple that has lived together for a certain period of time to maintain an active sex life, when there is mutual fidelity, respect and love); avoid grief and hatred. Those who are married should love and respect their wives. These sins, and others, when practiced consistently, destroy the soul and attract all sorts of negative spiritual energy. And worse, this happens with God’s permission.
Like it is written: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1.28-32
Therefore, lets keep watch so that God does not give us over to a debased mind.
Marcio Farias – Belem do Para (Brazil)