This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I began the project on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed it on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. I still do that every once in a while.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


QUESTION: It has been said that anger is proper when the sinful element is absent. What is that element?

ANSWER: A malicious ill will, a feeling of personal resentment. When Christ was angry he was also grieved at the conduct of the Jews. He had no ill will, but rather love, towards them — not a love of complacency and delight, but a love of pity. Grief implies love. "He hates the sin and yet the sinner loves," not approves. This will be the kind of anger attributed to Christ when as judge "the wrath of the Lamb" will be manifested in the final sentence of the wicked. Bishop William Taylor says: "At the funeral of every lost soul, the procession of mourners will be headed by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

Steele's Answers p. 73.

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