Well, I finally did it: I finished reading 'The Attributes of God' today. I know it's pitiful that it's taken me so long and my only excuse is that I keep starting other books. Anyway, in my sprint to the end of the book, I read so much which provoked many thoughts and indeed, furthered my understanding of God's character. One part really caught my attention as it was something I'd been made to consider when listening to Theory Hazit's new LP 'Thr3e'.
Theory Hazit's track 'Doomsday Insuranc3' begins with a reading from chapters 8 and 9 of The Book of Revelation and focuses on final judgement, God's wrath and the need for man to change before this occasion.
In his review at SphereofHipHop.com Ahnon Knomis reminds us that ten years ago artists like Secta7, Shadow of the Locust and Remnant Militia were speaking on these subjects. In my experience, these are subjects seldom spoken on in Christian Hip Hop. A.W. Pink in the penultimate chapter of 'The Attributes of God', 'The Wrath of God' has this to say:
"A Word to Preachers. Brethren, do we in our oral ministry, preach on this solemn subject as much as we ought? The Old Testament prophets frequently told their hearers that their wicked lives provoked the Holy One of Israel, and that they were treasuring up to themselves wrath against the day of wrath. And conditions in the world are no better now than they were then! Nothing is so calculated to arouse the careless and cause carnal professors to search their hearts, as to enlarge upon the fact that "God is angry with the wicked every day" (Ps. 7:11). The forerunner of Christ warned his hearers to "flee from the wrath to come" (Matt. 3:7). The Saviour bade His auditors "But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him (A)who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!" (Luke 12:5). The apostle Paul said, "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" (2 Cor. 5:11). Faithfulness demands that we speak as plainly about Hell as about Heaven."
In short; it is of utmost importance that the issue of God's wrath is discussed - people need to hear it, whether we, or they, like it or not!
Here's Theory's track:
Go to Humblebeast.com to get the full, free download of 'Thr3e'.