Is God Really Slow to Anger?

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. – Psalm 145:8

God is often questioned as to if he is really as merciful as we believe he is. Those outside the Christian faith point to Old Testament passages that speak of God wiping entire peoples off the face of the earth, sending armies to slay other nations, and even kicking angels out of Heaven.

Forgetting, or perhaps never even realizing, that God, though loving and merciful, is also righteous and just. In all of his divine glory, how can he be called loving and merciful while displaying his attributes of justice and wrath? Is He really so ready to forgive?

Psalm 86:5 says,

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.

Yet, after Adam and Eve’s very first sin, he kicked them from the Garden of Eden, and cursed the ground they walked on.

Listen to the following video of Dr. R.C. Sproul answer this question, sincerely, truthfully, and biblically.

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  1. Darrel says:

    Sounds great doesn’t it. Plausible and even ‘spiritual’ almost as if God were speaking these words through RC. Did you catch where RC called God a liar? “Instead of dying that day, he lived another day…” Now please do not try to excuse Mr. Sproul of this blatant error. Adam died. Eve died. And they took the entire human race with them in this sin. The Bible calls it “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1) and it takes the direct intervention of God to make us alive again (Eph. 2:4 & 5).
    What a wonderful opportunity to preach the Gospel to this ignorant audience. Why did RC not say something about the real hatred God has for sin as was displayed on the cross when He gave His only begotten Son for our sins. That’s the real wrath and the real curse—and the only remedy for both.
    Sproul vented against the audience for daring to ask such a question. An audience that had been taught for years (decades) by Sproul and others like him who really do not know what the Gospel is all about, nor do they “know who God is”. Why don’t they RC? These people have sat at your feet and listened to you for years and still they don’t know who God is.
    I know everyone of the “reformed” ilk believe that Sproul “hung the moon” and can do/speak no wrong, yet the man’s teaching is filled with psycho-babble, self-esteem, and baptismal regeneration. See the link below for what this man is really all about. RC is highly ecumenical in his speech, associations, book endorsements, etc. His tepid (and for public consumption only) “rejection” of ECT 1 & 2 is revealed in his later dealings with the Evangelical Celebration document which is another smoke screen “gospel presentation” that leaves out two important facts: nowhere is there any mention of the total depravity of man (as discussed briefly above), nor is there any mention of repentance. Rather than clarifying the Gospel it leads a person into open rebellion against it and the Lord by refusing to obey the first commandment given by our Lord as He emerged from the wilderness: “Repent” (Mark 1:15). RC’s constant (and disgusting) praise for the rcc can be heard on his radio program. Some years ago he did a ten part series on all things catholic on the radio. To hear a man who claimed to serve and love the Lord Jesus go on and on about the “virtues” of the “catholic church” was too much to bear, as it should be for those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity (Eph. 6:24 and contrast 1 Cor.16:22).
    Instead of being revered, respected, and praised, Sproul should be admonished, rebuked, corrected. If he repents, fine. He has not repented of any of his false doctrines, but continues on unabated. Most people don’t care about the facts, they like their idols to be left intact.

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