I commend this article from Concordia Pages to you with great enthusiasm. It is an excellent example of Lutheran, pastoral, exegetical theology on a topic that is very hard to discuss well. Consider this quote:
“Anger belongs to God, not to us humans—and especially not to the disciples of Jesus. Anger is dangerous, and quickly leads to sin. So close is this connection that at times, being or becoming angry is simply equated with sin.”
Here are a couple thoughts to consider as you read:
- What does this mean for being discerning of false doctrine when our response to false doctrine is often anger?
- Biblically speaking, can human anger ever be loving to our neighbor? Even if our anger is directed at false doctrine or heresy?
- What does it mean if this article makes you angry?
Rev. Dr. Jeff Gibbs is a professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He’s also the author of the recently completed Concordia Commentaries on the gospel of Matthew.