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Westminster Shorter Catechism Project

A Scripture Catechism
in the
Method of the Assembly's

by Matthew Henry

Q. 84. What does every sin deserve?
A. Every sin deserves God's wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.

1. Does sin provoke God? Yes: Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly, Hos. 12:14. Does it deserve his wrath? Yes: According to their deserts will I judge them, Ezek. 7:27. Does that wrath rest upon impenitent sinners? Yes: The wrath of God abideth on them, John 3:36. And is it just it should? Yes: For when God renders to every man according to his work, he renders indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, to every soul of man that doeth evil, Rom. 2:6,8.

2. Does sin deserve God's curse? Yes: Cursed is every one that continues not in all things written in the book of the law to do them, Gal. 3:10. Can any avoid that curse? No: For all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee, Dent. 28:15. Can a man bear up under that curse? No: for it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones, Ps. 109:18. Can a man fortify himself against that curse? No: for it shall consume the house, with the timber thereof, and the stones thereof, Zech. 5:4.

3. Does sin deserve God's wrath and curse in this life? Yes: for these things' sake cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience, Col. 3:6. And in the life to come? Yes: for wrath is treasured up against the day of wrath, Rom. 2:5. Does every sin deserve God's wrath? Yes: for the wages of sin is death, Rom. 6:23. Is any sin venial in its own nature? No: for the blood of Christ is that which must cleanse from all sin, 1 John. 17. Does your sin deserve this wrath and curse? Yes: If I be wicked, woe to me, Job 10:15.

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