In the church today is a grievous twisting of the Word becoming prevalent. Many say we must love what God says we are to hate. I have heard this repeatedly recently. They believe that it is being loving and showing grace; but it is a perverted teaching of God’s love and grace. If we say we must love what God hates, we are saying we are holier than God! God does not tolerate evil and calls us not to as well ….
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
God is pretty clear about His children hating what He hates. How does that play out in real life, one may ask??
When you see injustice, it means you do what you can to correct it; you don’t let it go because you are afraid to get involved ….
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
When you see evil, you stand up to it boldly; you don’t tolerate it! …..
When your friend is mistreated, you honor your friend; you don’t keep associating with the ones who betrayed your friend, thereby condoning the bad behavior. ….
When one who claims to be a Christian is living in blatant sin, you are to let them know about it;
and if they do not refrain, you are to have nothing to do with them (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
When you are a witness to those teaching false doctrine, you don’t continue to associate with them; you lovingly present them with the truth. If they do not heed, you break off relationship – you don’t keep hanging around them even if they are a friend.
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (1 Corinthians 5:11-13) ….
Does it sound harsh? Yes, it does, especially in this age of tolerance and political correctness that says we are to accept everyone and everything. The adage “God is love and love knows no limits” to justify equality and homosexuality is a sick twisted portrayal of God and misconception of His Word ….
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinthians 5: 1-7).
God is love. He loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die for each and every one of us, but again, His Word clearly and explicitly defines what happens to those who oppose Him:
“Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel.”
God calls us to be brave and be bold and to stand for what He stands for. The Word of God is infallible and undeniable. People will try to justify it, debate it, and even rationalize it to make it fit into their perverse ideals of acceptability, but it will not work. God does nor change, nor does His Word regardless of how the world changes.
“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” (Matthew 18:15-17)
Make no mistake. God is not mocked. You cannot compromise or alter what He has to say. He loves us and it is His desire that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9), but clearly everyone has choices yet, not without consequences:
“Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.”
Therefore, re-evaluate your perspective and make the necessary modifications.
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned.”
Is a friendship worth facing eternal judgment for? God forbid. God is clear about what He hates:
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16-19).
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.
Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)
Keep the faith!! God is for us and God is with us ….