Be Ye Angry And Sin Not
If you attend church at all, you will undoubtedly hear a thousand sermons on "Be filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18) for every one sermon you hear preached on "Be ye angry, and sin not" (Eph.4:26). This is a command! It is not a defense for a bad temper. It is not an excuse for an explosion of bitterness from your bruised ego for personal rejection. I am talking here of Holy Anger. God gets angry: "The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses" (Exodus 4:14); "God is angry with the wicked every day" (Psalm 7:11). (If you must have a bumper sticker, try this last statement for a while -- but be sure that you increase your insurance before you do so.)
The blessed preacher St. Paul walked down Main Street Athens,
the intellectual capital of the world of his day. Acts 17:16 says
in the sleepy Elizabethan English of the King James version, "His
spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to
idolatry." The Amplified  says it this way, "Now while Paul
was awaiting them at Athens, his spirit was grieved and roused to
anger as he saw that the city was full of idols." Such anger
needs to come back to us today. I admit right here that I am
downright angry. I am angry that Christ is wounded in the house
of His friends.
Our home is less than 100 miles from Dallas -- the "Athens" of the theologians. Therefore we are vulnerable to the students who come from the seminaries there, distressed, disgusted, and despondent over the low state of spirituality in their particular classes. A professor in one such seminary tells the preacher-boys, "Remember that preaching is now a profession, and not to be viewed or represented by a sweating evangelist in a sawdust-carpeted tent. Now the preacher has status like a doctor or a seasoned lawyer." Begone such idiocy! Preaching is not a profession -- it is a passion! Paul sets the standard, "Woe unto me if I preach not the Gospel!" I am angry that these professors want the world's smile on our holy calling. But no man called to the ministry needs a status symbol. He is, by the very nature of his calling, in the highest calling.
I am further angered by a statement by Bruce Cook -- the former
advertising agent for Coca Cola, who engineered the "I Found It"
campaign. Here is his horrible comment, and it angers me: "Back
in Jerusalem when the Church started, God performed a miracle
there on the Day of Pentecost. They didn't have the benefit of
buttons and media, so God had to do a little supernatural work
there. But today, with our technology, we have available to us
the opportunity to create the same kind of interest in a secular
society."  This wretched interpretation makes me bristle. So
buttons and modern media are as likely to start a Heaven-Born
Holy Ghost Revival as was the Upper Room invasion from heaven?
What is this but "Christian humanism"? WE are capable of
producing the same thing as the Blessed Holy Spirit?
I am angry when I read a letter from my friend and neighbor David Wilkerson announcing this near unbelievable perversion.
"Homosexuals now claim more than 50,000 members in their 'all
homosexual' churches. The Metropolitan Community Church is one of
many homosexual denominations springing up across the nation. I
sent an observer to one of their annual 'Holy Ghost' conventions
in Dallas, Texas. What unbelievable blasphemy!
My anger over this is intensified when I read that the cutback
in federal spending will cause some old folks to miss meals. Yet
the same federal folks on the 5th of May, 1981, gave the
Metropolitan Community (homosexual) Church $380,000 of our tax
money to operate four resettlement centers for Cuban refugee
homosexuals. (Just let the true Church of Jesus try to get the
government to give us a dime to rescue men from an eternal hell!)
I am angry also when I hear preachers crying with great
emotion, "Help me clean up America," when they dare not try to
clean up the Church -- riddled as it is with carnality and
sensuality. I am angry and grieved when preachers weep over the
TV that their income is decreasing, though I've never seen them
weep on TV over the millions of lost souls they address every
week. The God on TV is an inoffensive, undemanding God, wanting
to give but requiring nothing in exchange. There is no need to
take up your cross and follow Him.
Nicholas Van Hoffman has a penetrating column on the "Mush God"
of today. Read it, friend. Read it twice and maybe you will weep
as he speaks of the gross representation of the Holy Deity. Here
is Van Hoffman:
My Holy Anger and burning indignation is fueled by articles like this from the pen of a "Wiseman" from the East -- the Bhagwan Shree Ragneesh, writing from the Meditation Center that bears his name. 
"SEX -- never repress it. Never be against it -- rather, go deep into it with great clarity, with great love. Go like an explorer. Search all the nooks and corners of your sexuality and you will be surprised and enriched and benefitted. Knowing your sexuality, one day you will stumble upon your spirituality [or get V.D. -L.R.] then you will become free. The future will have a totally different vision of sex. It will be more fun, more joy, more friendship, more a play than a serious affair, as it has been in the past. [The "serious affair" mentioned here must mean marriage. -L.R.] Sex is just the beginning, not the end. But if you miss the beginning, you will miss the end also."
What logic and what warning! Why not miss the end which is
torment here and hereafter? I wonder what folks who have tried
this teacher's method think about it. Does he have "revival
crusades" with living, bright-faced "witnesses" telling of their
rapturous emancipation from the "bondage of purity and a good
I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell.
I am angry that the pulpiteers can roar from their pulpits against political injustices, yet whisper about the wrong doings in their own fellowship -- also that sin is called by other names. God has no mild views of sin, so let's get back to biblical language. The soothsayers in the world are dangerous, but the "smooth-sayers" in the pulpit are equally dangerous. We now call iniquity "infirmity." Wickedness is just "weakness"; adultery and fornication, just "having an affair." Lust is called "love." Sodomy is now being "GAY." The Harlot is not called a "Whore" anymore; she is inoffensively named a "Call Girl." These are not terms for every sermon, but they have some kind of intimidation and disgrace attached to them, which makes the preachers afraid to use them (and sinners afraid to hear them). But the Bible uses them!
I am angry when I hear preachers saying, "We had our best concert ever last week when the 'ZYX Singers' came to our church. The main auditorium was jammed with extra seats and we had to run extensions into the church hall for the overflow!' Yet, that same popular, prosperous church can comfortably seat its prayer meeting in just about the smallest room in the facility. What a slap in the face for a prayer-answering God! What a public declaration that the offering from the concert patrons is more important than prayer!
I am angry with people who withhold their own money from the
Lord, but then turn His House into a Flea Market to raise church
funds. And believe me, I am stirred, sick, and angry when I try
to realize that 90% of Gospel preaching is to only 10% of the
"Newsweek" for April 27, 1981, states:
I am angry at this false zeal, disturbed and deeply troubled that we have to make so many Christian Youth Camps a miniature Olympics to entice kids to so-called Bible study. Dare we try to get kids away from TV, sports, etc., for a week of solid concentration on eternal things? It seems more correct with the emphasis on sports and church programs, and church leagues of bowling, baseball, etc., that we should be singing: "Onward Christian Sportsmen -- forget about the war -- look at all the prizes -- you're contending for!" 
I am angry when I think that the government will subsidize a science effort to find out where man came from but will not give a dime to tell men where they are going. God, baptize us with a Holy Anger that will set us on a course of hell-disturbing, heaven-enriching intercession!
All these sad events I have mentioned would be taken care of by a heaven-born, sin-convicting visitation of the Spirit.
I am angry at the devil's monopoly of this age.
 Scripture quotation from The Amplified Bible, (C)1965 Zondervan Publishing House.
 From "The Total Image," 1980, by Virginia Owens, Eerdmans Publishing Company.
 "The Coming Purge" David Wilkerson Crusade.
 "Your Newsletter," First Church of God, Fort Smith, AR.
 From "Sources And Resources."
 "Time Magazine," July 20, 1981.
 Sung to the tune of "Onward Christian Soldiers."