A young adult pastor in Virginia is warning believers that saying and believing that God never gets angry is unbiblical.
Austin Hamrick, assistant pastor at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia talked about the issue of anger. He shared Biblical accounts of how God, Jesus, and Paul handled their anger. He also highlighted that being angry isn’t always a sin.
“Sometimes, circles of the church, sometimes society loves to teach that God doesn’t get angry. That’s actually not biblical. God gets angry,” he reiterated. The Bible says “God is an honest judge, and He is angry with the wicked every day.” He (God) feels “indignation.”
God gets angry
Some people think that the God of the Old Testament was the only one who gets angry, but the reality is, Jesus in the New Testament did too.
“We think of Jesus as just this hippie Jesus … just going around just loving everybody. Of course, God is love. … But … even God manifested in flesh, Jesus Himself, walked around in the temple noticing that it had become solely this marketplace of business. And the Bible says that He had this righteous indignation — that He got angry,” Austin added.
Our loving and perfect God can also feel anger.
“You can still have a holy, perfect, complete God who gets angry, who also is defined as love being in His very being… God [becomes] angry [when dealing with] stubbornness, rebellion, and wicked acts.”
But what makes anger a sin is when we allow our emotions to fester. He then quoted Ephesians 4:26 which says: “Be angry and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”
“Even though you might be angry about something that is not necessarily sinful, … when you harbor anger in your heart, Satan can take advantage of that anger and use it for his purposes. God hates when we sow discord and division within God’s family and that can happen when we harbor anger.”
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Reference: The Christian Post