This book serves as a reality check for the gospel preacher. By way of clear exegesis, stirring quotations, telling illustrations and probing questions, Eryl Davies compels us to ask, ‘Does my preaching about the wrath of God reflect the manner and method of my Saviour’s?’ I remember being deeply stirred by this book when I first started out in the ministry in the 1980s, and it has had the same effect on me now,some 30 years later. Over the years it is fairly easy for a preacher to settle into preaching Biblical Truth in a way that he and his hearers are comfortable and at ease with. This book jolts us out of any preaching–comfort–zone by warning, urging and encouraging us to preach wrath, final judgement, hell and the glorious gospel in a way that our Master Preacher and Precious Saviour did.
Paul Pease, Pastor, Hook Evangelical Church, Surrey.
Of the many reasons the Church has for giving thanks to the Lord for Eryl Davies, his writings over the years on this subject rank near the forefront. This book provides a thorough yet readable reminder of Christian doctrine sadly often neglected, both in personal meditation and public preaching, by the modern church. May its publication prove a great stimulus to the preaching of these awesome realities!
Gordon Cook, Pastor, New Inn Congregational Church, South Wales
I don’t think in my 13 years as a minister I have known of 3 main addresses at a minister’s conference being devoted to the wrath of God. The style is directed to ministers and yet is accessible to all believers. The fact that we are still, as evangelicals, so reluctant to speak of the wrath of God and the doctrine of hell, means that these addresses, given over 35 years ago, are as relevant now as they were then.
In evangelism we all know that it’s at the point when people realise we are saying, that, without Jesus Christ, they are under the wrath of God;they are lost, are without God and without hope, that we risk the greatest offence. There are truths contained within this short book that we’d rather not think about and yet, without proclaiming them, we are not being faithful. We have to regain our nerve in preaching the gospel.Being so desperate to gain ourselves a hearing, we are in danger of preaching sermons that bear no resemblance to what we see in the book of Acts. We must not relegate the preaching of the wrath of God to seminars and follow up courses.
Dr Davies has spent a lifetime serving Christ’s church as a Pastor, a theologian and a local churchman. The need for Biblical wisdom in dealing with the wrath of God is ably met by him. I commend this volume to you and pray that it will have a wide readership. It will take you a couple of hours to read, but it will be worth it. God willing your preaching will be changed by it and so will the people God has entrusted to your care.
Paul Levy, Minister, International Presbyterian Church, Ealing,London
Based on talks given to the Bala Ministers’ Conference in 1981, Eryl Davies gives a succinct of the wrath and holiness of God, the final judgement and Hell. It is so easy to downplay these realities, but Davies reminds us that we must not do that.
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