We criticize the health and wealth gospel, and rightly so. Such a false gospel distorts the truth of the Good News. The business of God is the eternal salvation of all, not their physical condition.

At the same time, we can sometimes be guilty, in our prayers and efforts, of promoting and seeking material gain and physical advantage. One of the saddest statements of Christ was made to the Samaritan woman, who had just asked for indoor running water. Continue reading

God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. “Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the sovereign LORD? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?” (Ezk 18:23; cf. 33:11 NET).

He does destroy, however, those who oppose him. “[T]he wicked man will die for his iniquity” (Ezk 33:8).

He tells us to take care how we view the fall of the wicked. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice, lest the LORD see it, and be displeased, and turn his wrath away from him” (Pro 24:17-18).

At the same time, “The godly will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out; they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked” (Psa 58:10). Continue reading