God's "consuming fire" is the fire of holy love. It doesn't await sinners in the future; it burns up sin itself.
Lent | First Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11
The first Sunday of Lent is the best time of the year to talk about sin. Many people in the church, especially the mainline church, are stuck when it comes to the overlap of sin and sensuality. No one really wants to be the pastor who comes over all judgmental about sex.
by Samuel WellsMarch 7, 2011