Biblical Imprecations: Christians’ Secret Weapon begins by analyzing two common, but misguided approaches to the imprecatory Psalms. First, some people postulate that the imprecatory Psalms are merely the Psalmist’s own sinful feelings expressed to God. (C.S. Lewis went so far as to assert that the imprecatory Psalms were written by neurotics!) But can such a view be harmonized with the Bible’s teaching regarding its truthfulness, inspiration, inerrancy, authority, etc.—especially as taught by Christ and the Apostles?
A second misguided approach attempts to explain the imprecatory Psalms by hypothesizing different (and conflicting!) moral standards between Old Testament ethics and New Testament ethics. Yet, how can this theory comport with Christ’s summary of the ethical teaching of the Old Testament law and the prophets (Mt 22:37–40)? Furthermore, the Bible grounds its ethical commands in God’s very attributes, which are eternal and unchanging.
Biblical Imprecations: Christians’ Secret Weapon demonstrates the unity of Biblical teaching regarding such imprecations, examining: (1) Christ and the Apostles endorsement of Old Testament imprecations; (2) imprecations spoken by Christ and the Apostles; and (3) imprecations spoken by God’s angels and by glorified martyrs in heaven.
Eight key Biblical-theological principles underlying the imprecatory Psalms are developed:
1.They are not based on personal vindictiveness;
2.They are prophetic judgment prayers;
3.They leave vengeance to God;
4.They are motivated by zeal for God’s name, glory, and kingdom;
5.They involve spiritual warfare;
6.They are based upon God’s covenant;
7.They express faith in God’s justice, power, and covenant faithfulness;
8.They are consistent with all Scripture.
Faith-building testimonies of God powerfully answering the Biblical imprecatory prayers of believers in several nations are included.
Biblical imprecations drawn from the entire Bible are compiled in an appendix — for convenient use in prayer.
Biblical Imprecations also contains a helpful bibliography.