…A time to keep silent, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace. Ecc 1:7-8
Hate is a very strong word. It’s one that the Christian community strives to remove from their vocabulary and their lives. Nobody should hate, right? Hate is a sin, isn’t it? Aren’t we supposed to love everyone and everything? Isn’t the goal of the church to bring an end to hate? I’m sorry to burst a religious bubble, but it’s time to say WRONG (buzzer buzzing, gong clanging). Hate is REQUIRED.
For far too long we have allowed the world to dictate to the church how we are supposed to act, think and respond to the world. We have bought into a lie, and as all lies do, it has caused measurable harm. Recently, I saw a poll that said 57% of Christians supported same sex marriage. No doubt that sample was taken from mainline protestant churches who have caved on this issue already, but it illustrates the deadly nature of this lie. How can “God’s people” support what God calls an Abomination? The answer is simple: they can’t. God’s people are called to HATE what God hates. Let me say that again in case the shock suddenly blinded you and caused you to lose your place on the page… Christians are supposed to HATE what God hates.
God hates. As the perfect, omniscient creator of the Universe, He can both love and hate without contradiction. Without Godly hate, there is no truth to the words we speak from the Bible. Right about now I know some readers who are steeped in the religious stew of modern “church-ocrasy” are trying to keep your head from exploding. You are saying, “my God is a loving God and this is just wrong”. I hear you. I recently left a church where the leadership said, “I don’t like the God of the Bible, He is too mean. My God is loving and accepting”. Just realize that when you create a god in your own image to replace the True God of the Bible, that is idolatry. Idolatry is one of those things God hates.
So, if you’re still reading, what should Christian hate look like? Lets start with a simple passage about Jesus in Heb 1: 8-9:
Of the Son he (God) says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
Jesus is praised both as God and the anointed one (Messiah) for His response to righteousness and wickedness. Since our responsibility as believers is to be like Him we are given this command… Rom 12: 9-11:
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord
In the book of Revelation, Jesus Himself tells the apostle John specific failings of each of the major churches. Speaking of the Church at Ephesus, He says (Rev 2: 4-6)-
I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. 6 Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
As a group their fault was leaving their first love, i.e. their devotion to Christ Himself. What was the thing they were doing right? Hating… Hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans. Note also that Jesus shared this hatred.
People love to relegate God’s judgment and wrath to a “less civilized more distant God” of the Old Testament, and thus feel like they do not have to engage with those aspects. Then they picture Jesus as a loving hippy with a lamb around his neck who would never make them uncomfortable, much less offend them. This is not the Jesus of the Bible. The true Jesus tells people to stop sinning. Sure He forgives them, God has always done so; right up to the point when He doesn’t.
At this point I hear whiney voices from all over saying “but that’s so judgmental, you’re not supposed to judge”. Our culture has turned judging into the only sin, and Christians have morphed “turn the other cheek” into “turn a blind eye”. Just like hate, judgment is REQUIRED. God’s Word says, “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.” (Psa.37:30). In I Corinthians 2:15 Paul says, “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” Judging is not a sin; judging is a characteristic of the follower of Christ.
The problem we have today was initially brought to our attention in the book of Jude. In it the author tells us… 3 “My dear friends, I really wanted to write you about God’s saving power at work in our lives. But instead, I must write and ask you to defend the faith”. He goes on to describe why this is necessary. “4 Some godless people have sneaked in among us and are saying, “God treats us much better than we deserve, and it is all right to be immoral.” They even deny that we must obey Jesus Christ as our only Master and Lord. But long ago the Scriptures warned that these godless people were doomed.”
Jude goes on to remind his readers that God has already provided two stark examples of His wrath. First, He brought a multitude of people out of Egypt and set them free from slavery, but destroyed those without faith. Second, Jude retells the story of Sodom and Gomorrah adding the fact that those people were under the judgment of “eternal fire”. Jude says there is no doubt that God will destroy the people in His church who do not listen to Him today.
“17 My dear friends, remember the warning you were given by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They told you that near the end of time, selfish and godless people would start making fun of God. 19 And now these people are already making you turn against each other. They think only about this life, and they don’t have God’s Spirit.” And he leaves us with this command from God… “23 Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. But HATE even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds.”
The Bible has a word for those who love what He hates… reprobate – i.e. Disapproved with abhorrence; counterfeit; disqualified; rejected; abandoned to wickedness and destruction. (See 2 Timothy 3:8,Titus 1:16) These people are counterfeit Christians. They appear to be believers, but there is nothing true about them.
Are you starting to get the picture? Christians are supposed to have a visceral reaction to the things that God abhors. Carefully consider what these things are, and what they are not. We are commanded to hate evil, wickedness, immorality, ungodly attitudes, deceit, and the deeds of the wicked. We are never commanded to hate individuals. In fact, one of the reasons to hate these things is because of the damage they do to the people who are slaves to them. It is impossible to be “tolerant” or “accepting” of people’s sin while HATING it.
When your neighbor is on fire and seconds away from burning to death you don’t say “well as long as we have flames someone grab the marshmallows”. In the same way, if you see someone drowning, pausing to admire the water is not helpful at all. I am sure that being tackled and rolled in the dirt would be painful on any day, but even more so if your skin was burning. I am also sure that there is a significant amount of discomfort in being lifted by ones hair, but if that is the only way to pull a drowning person up out of the water, it has to be done.
A few days ago the US Supreme Court made an evil decision trying to legitimize homosexuality by redefining marriage. Of course, they can no more change marriage than they could pronounce a sodomite saved, but some people believe lies. The huge celebration of this lie woke some sleeping Christians up, and they actually began to feel the rage of the Holy Spirit as God’s laws were mocked. In response to this, many began to actually read the Scriptures and even share what God’s Word says about homosexuality and generally mocking the Creator. People began having conversations about good and evil, light and darkness and salvation vs. judgment. Many ran to social media to issue warnings about the consequences of believing this falsehood. A holy fire began to burn, and appropriate Christian hate was demonstrated for the first time in recent history.
Then it happened. The “hireling” leaders of the modern church-ocracy charged into the fray. Waving soggy towels soaked in the religion of “tolerance and acceptance” they quickly beat down the flames wherever they could find them. They cajoled and shamed their weak-kneed flock back into their dutiful existence as powdered sugar rather than salt and light. Under the satanic banner “offend no one” they put most of the flock back in their crates, and Sunday sermons across the land echoed with the teachings of those who say “we don’t have to obey Jesus, He will treat us much better than we deserve”.
Just a week later, the Facebook posts have all but ceased. The fire is invisible once again to all but a few prophetic souls. The smell of brimstone hangs heavy in the air, but “the powers that be” have told us all “its roses”. The hedonists continue their revelry as they march ever nearer to the pit. A grand opportunity to warn them all and perhaps save some has come and gone.
Who’s really to blame? There are the reprobate church leaders who claim to speak for God, but refuse to hate what He hates because it might hurt their bottom line. Jude tells us they are doomed. There are the average churchgoers, who have never quite submitted to the authority of the Bible, and who just go along with the “pastor” because it’s easier than thinking too much. Lastly, there are the rest of us that small group who know how wrong this is, and who know the consequences for nations and individuals who abandon God. We share in the guilt as well. For the times we could have spoken up, and stayed mute. For being too lazy to stand in the gap spiritually. Finally for not realizing that even as a minority in the “Christian” world, we still outnumber the homosexuals. We could be using our numbers to camp out on the lawns of activist judges and leftist politicians until they relent or have to fill the jails across America with us, but we do not.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2: 15-17
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