Mankind has created a “god” in their own image and to their own liking. They do not seek to know the true God and to learn of Him from His own words. Rather, they have an image (a mental “idol”) and they only turn to the Bible to find any statements, whether in or out of context, to support their false god.
One of the clearest examples is the false, modern evangelical god who doesn’t hate anyone. This fictitious version of God only loves and never hates. The evangelical is quick to point out that 1 John 4:8 says, “God is love.” True. And it is also true that: “The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is His name.” (Exodus 15:3) AND, “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29)
The old-time evangelists used to preach sermons titled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and “There’s A Pay Day Someday,” or “The God of the Bible Kills: Will He Kill YOU?” But you won’t hear those kinds of sermons preached much these days, especially among the self-proclaimed “evangelical” crowd.
But consider Psalm 5:11 which says, “The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.” Who does God hate? He hates the “wicked” and “him”… not the sin but the unrepentant, rebellious sinner.
A Balanced God
You see, the false god created by modern apostate evangelicals is imbalanced. He’s a love-sick sociopath who doesn’t deal with sin, doesn’t hate sin OR rebellious, unrepentant sinners. The god of evangelicalism is “inclusive” and opens His arms to Sodomites and says, “Welcome. Come as you are, stay as you are.” That’s not God, that’s a devil.
Scripture says that God HATED Esau (and in context, is speaking of an entire RACE of people called Edomites), “And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” (Malachi 1:3)
Scripture says that God HATES the unrepentant sinner. Proverbs 6:16-19 says that the Lord HATES a false witness.
“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) kjb)
It doesn’t say He just hates the sin. NO. It says He also hates the SINNER. It also says He HATES “he that soweth discord among brethren.” Again, it’s not the sin but the unrepentant sinner that God hates. He hates the look, the tongue, the hands, the heart, the feet, and the SINNER himself.
If that doesn’t describe your God, then you have created an idol. And behind every idol?
“What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” (1 Corinthians 10:19-20 kjb)
The Psalmist describes God this way, “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 5:5 kjb) God doesn’t just hate the iniquity, but the “workers” of iniquity.
So, which is it? God is love but God also hates? Yes. Both. God is balanced and it is not contradictory when the Bible says that He hates sin and unrepentant sinners but also loves. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Past and Present and Continuous
Some go unbalanced toward HATE and say that John 3:16 is in the “past tense”, teaching that John 3:16 (quoted above) is in the past tense when it says, “For God so loved” and that “he gave”… And that much is true about John 3:16. But comparing Scripture with Scripture, we see that this love is past and present and continuous, right up to the end of the sinner’s natural life. For example, Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The word “commendeth” holds the “eth” ending because it is a present and continuous action. The PAST action that “Christ died for us” is commended in the past, presently and continually. It is interesting that Paul even says, “while we were yet sinners”. He wrote that before 100 AD and I wasn’t even born until 1969! Yet, God’s sacrifice of His Son stands just as much a present-day “commendation” of His love for me as it did the very day, Nisan 14, 33 AD, when Jesus actually died in that historic event. God’s LOVE and HATE… His MERCY and WRATH… All are a past, present and continuous reality UNTIL you believe on Jesus Christ, trusting His death, burial and Resurrection for salvation (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Once you believe that, God’s hate and wrath are GONE forever and you are eternally SAVED! How Will You Respond? So, it’s up to you whether God loves you or God hates you. “He that believeth on him (Jesus) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)
Will you reject His love and receive His hate and wrath, or repent and be loved eternally?
For Additional Consideration…
Pastor Darren Squires of the Socastee Original Freewill Baptist Church shared the following in an internet post and we asked him if we could share this information. It is basically a simple list of:
At Least 43 Things God Hates
(Based on Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists)
1. Homosexual acts (Leviticus 18:22).
2. Bestiality (Leviticus 18:23)
3. Idols, and the materials used to make idols (Deuteronomy 7:25)
4. Blemished sacrifices (Deuteronomy 17:1)
5. Worshipping the sun, moon or stars (Deuteronomy 17:3-4)
6. Divination (Deuteronomy 18:10)
7. Astrology (Deuteronomy 18:10)
8. Enchanters (Deuteronomy 18:10)
9. Witches (Deuteronomy 18:10)
10. Charmers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
11. Wizards (Deuteronomy 18:11)
12. Necromancers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
13. Transvestitism (Deuteronomy 22:5)
14. The hire of a whore (Deuteronomy 23:18)
15. Remarriage to a former wife after she has been married to another man (Deuteronomy 24:4)
16. Dishonest scales (Deuteronomy 25:13-16)
17. Workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5)
18. The wicked (Psalm 11:5)
19. Those who love violence (Psalm 11:5)
20. The froward [perverse] (Proverbs 3:32)
21. A proud look (Proverbs 6:16-17)
22. A lying tongue (Proverbs 6:17)
23. Hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17)
24. A heart that devises wicked imaginations (Proverbs 6:18)
25. Feet that are swift in running to mischief (Proverbs 6:18)
26. A false witness who speaks lies (Proverbs 6:19)
27. Anyone who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:19)
28. Lying lips (Proverbs 12:22)
29. The sacrifices of the wicked (Proverbs 15:8)
30. The ways of the wicked (Proverbs 15:9)
31. The thoughts of the wicked (Proverbs 15:26)
32. The proud in heart (Proverbs 16:5)
33. Those who justify the wicked (Proverbs 17:15)
34. Those who condemn the just (Proverbs 17:15)
35. Vain sacrifices (Isaiah 1:13)
36. Feasts as Israel celebrated them (Isaiah 1:14)
37. Robbery for burnt offering (Isaiah 61:8)
38. Idolatry (Jeremiah 44:2-4)
39. Evil plans against neighbors (Zechariah 8:17)
40. False oaths (Zechariah 8:17)
41. Esau (Malachi 1:1-3; Romans 9:13)
42. Divorce (Malachi 2:14-16)
43. The deeds of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:6, 15) Joel Meredith has compiled a book of Bible lists “to entertain, interest, fascinate, stimulate and, most of all, to educate.” There are some minor problems with this list, but it gives you a good idea of what things God finds to be abominations, or are detestable to Him. Somehow, the author missed a couple. By adding in the following, the list grows to 45 things God hates:
44. “You shall not set up a sacred pillar, which the LORD your God hates” (Deuteronomy 16:22).
45. “I hate, I despise, your feast days” (Amos 5:21). This goes with Isaiah 1:14: “Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates.” You may have heard the expression, “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” Although that is not a biblical statement per se, it has been accepted as a true statement. But after reviewing this list, that may not be such a sure conviction. What do you think?
Pastor Darren Squires Socastee Original Freewill Baptist