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Rob Bell says love wins. Bob Goff says love does. Joel Manby says love works. But doesn't the Bible also say love hates?

Rob Bell says Love Wins. Bob Goff says Love Does. Joel Manby says Love Works. I say “love hates.” God himself, who is love (1 John 4:16) hates, even with a passion, and teaches us what to hate. God hates what harms the people he loves.

What Does Love Hate?

God is love, but many writers of scripture tell us what God hates. God’s most notable hate list, the seven abominations, is found in Proverbs 6:16-19: God hates “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

The Old Testament emphasizes that God hates violence, evil and wickedness: “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion” (Psalm 11:5); “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing” (Isaiah 61:8); ” ‘Do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,’ declares the Lord” (Zechariah 8:17).

God also hates idols (Deuteronomy 16:22). He is a jealous God, and wants our whole-hearted devotion. There are obvious parallels between what God hates and the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) which show us how to love him and the people that he loves.

Carol Forseth Carol Forseth is a writer and a teacher of writing. She currently teaches at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.

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  • http://AgapeAmbassador.com Caleb Suresh

    Godly hate is expressed through love, whose face is justice. Check out the article on Just Punishment at Agape Justice org.

    • Jonathan Hughes

      How does this sound? Gods love hates that which is not love. God hates people that war spilling blood. God hates the lack of forgiveness. God frowns on people who do not give mercy. Those people ask for their end get by allowing another master to take over that few ever talk about.

  • Maimbolwa

    Good message. Love hates evil. Ungodly Hate loves evil and hates real love.

  • Bill

    Yeah, that’s the kind of headline the church needs right now….

    • mkdb

      What the church needs right now–and always needs–is more faithfulness to God and His Word of truth and less concern about what people think of the church. It is not our responsibility to create good headlines, it is to love God and man according to the truth and to entrust the outcome to God.

      The church DOES need more hatred for evil, more hatred for the fear of man, more hatred for FALSEHOOD, and more awareness of the schemes of Satan (2 Cor 2:11).

  • Elsie

    I was surprised to read your statement “God does not hate people”–especially in light of the verses you quoted. As you rightly noted, God hates “a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community” (Prov. 6:19) and “…the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion” (Psa. 11:5). The Bible clearly states of God, “You hate all workers of iniquity” (Psa. 5:5), as many other verses attest. We don’t need to try to hide the fact that God hates sinners in order to state that God also loves sinners enough to die for them to pay for their sin. Both are true according to God’s Word.

    • Steven Newman

      Elsie… please take the WHOLE BIBLE and look what these scriptures mean… they must be SPIRITUALLY understood as Paul taught in Timothy….. “Work hard to be a good servant of God… one who needs not to be ashamed (of their work or testimony or their handling of the Word of God) rightly (correctly understanding and employing) the Word of Truth”!

      Jesus told us that the disciples that the reason he taught in parables was because the Word had to be understood with the help of the Spirit!!! We must study the “whole Bible” as it is the absolute truth of God… not just one scripture here or there and then build our Christian “philosophy” in that manner. Whole and entire denominations are walking contrary to the will of God for this very reason! Why do they do that? BECAUSE IT IS MUCH EASIER TO JUST TAKE A FEW SIMPLE BELIEFS AND LIVE BY THEM THAN TO ACTUALLY STUDY THE SCRIPTURES PRAYERFULLY AND WITH THE TIME AND EFFORT OF ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE “WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD” FOUND WITHIN THE WHOLE BIBLE”!!!!!! The same Bible that says that God hates all the workers of iniquity… also says that while we were yet sinners, God loved us and gave his Son for us. So which one is true? BOTH!!! But to properly understand what the Bible means (discerned and understood by the Spirit of God).. what the Bible must be saying is that GOD HATES SIN… AND THE SIN OF MAN.. AND THE SINS THAT MAN COMMITS IN HIS REBELLION AND BACKSLIDDEN CONDITION BEFORE GOD! These sins, if left unchecked and confessed and repented of will ultimately condemn the sinner to an eternity separated from God in hell. But Elsie, let’s make something perfectly clear here… GOD DOES NOT SEND “ANYONE” TO HELL!!!!! They SEND THEMSELVES to hell by refusing the very love of God and the gift of His own Son and his cruel death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins! But it is also clear that God loved the sinner in the condition of his current rebellion and sinfulness SOOO MUCH that he gave his Son to come and to die for the sinners you claim that God hates… If God hated them in the context you are saying… then WHY IN ALL OF THE WORLD WOULD HE HAVE GIVEN HIS SON TO SAVE THEM? If you hate someone in the context you are propagating, then you “hate” the person and care nothing about them….but if you hate the way the Bible TRULY teaches… then you HATE their behavior, their sin and the true SPIRIT OR THE ONE BEHIND THEIR DEMISE AND DECEPTION WHICH IS NONE OTHER THAN SATAN HIMSELF!!!!!

      Satan truly deceives Christians in this way. If he can cause us to HATE other people… HE WINS!! He is the father of lies, deception, rebellion and hate!!!!! He hates God, us and all we stand for because God DOES love mankind so much. He cannot touch God, so he does the only thing he can do… work diligently to destroy all mankind. Turning Christians against people who sin is the best way to promote his agenda! Please don’t be a part of that!!! Elsie, prayerfully I hope that you will learn to HATE properly… my dear sister.. the way you do it now is not Biblical AT ALL!!!!! HATE SIN, SATAN, EVIL, UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, INJUSTICE AND ALL WRONG AND UN-BIBLICAL REBELLION AGAINST GOD… BUT NOT THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN DECEIVED BY SATAN INTO DOING THESE THINGS AND CALLING GOOD EVIL AND EVIL GOOD! GOD LOVES THEM.. WE ARE TO LOVE THEM TOO. WITHOUT ALLOWING OURSELVES TO LOVE THEM AND HATE SIN THE WAY GOD DOES… WE WILL NEVER, EVER REACH THEM.. AND WE IN FACT HELP SATAN TO SEND THEM TO HELL!!!! Please don’t HELP Satan, but rather learn to love in the face of adversity! Love those who are unlovable… your enemy, your nemesis, the one that lives in contrast to what you know the Bible to say… you know… what Jesus taught when he taught that we should “LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR”. His definition of our “neighbor” was the people we see and live with every day of our lives! Jesus clearly taught us to “BLESS” those who hate you and do you harm! He taught His people to pray FOR those who are sinners and evil…. not against them and promote a atmosphere of hate! Only through love of God, and the hate for sin, yet the love of the sinner is the church EVER to be effectual in the world. The church is loosing its effect much because of the very HATE you are speaking of. The world sees it, they recognize it and they want no part of it!!!!!!!!

      But one can HATE SIN and still love others… you wont reach them all. You may not reach very many, (in fact, the Jesus taught in Matthew that we wouldn’t as most will take the wide and easy path of no restrictions to hell) but you will reach far more than if you hated them all and claim that God does too!!!! Think about it sister!!! The Disciples went out and established churches among the very ones that HATED JESUS and were living in sin. They didn’t hate sinners, they just hated sin so much that they were determined to live their lives loving and reaching to the ones Jesus died for! We have lost that in our churches… SADLY!

      • Andrew

        Yes, we are responsible for our sins against God. It is God who punishes our sins. Whoever does not repent and believe the Gospel, whose name is not written in the Book of Life is cast (thrown) into the lake of fire. No, we don’t cast ourselves there. God is the One who executes this judgment. A rebellious criminal will not willingly walk into the Lake of Fire. Like a convicted criminal, they will not embrace the death penalty. However, they do embrace their sins like all of us once did, until God saved us by His grace.

        Revelations 20:14-15

        11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[c] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Bookof Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[d] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

        • Steven Newman

          Absolutely… That is what I said!!!!! Just because I say it in love does not mean that it does not say the same exact thing!!!!

      • Ryan

        Wow. Maybe I can send you a little joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness and temperance via mental telepathy. I wouldn’t want Jesus to come walking by and find no fruit on your tree. He might just curse you and we’ll come back to find you all withered away.

        • http://www.crazyrev.blogspot.com/ C.Brian Ross

          Or, He might just say that He is glad that someone is willing to speak out like the prophets of old, calling sin ‘sin’, whilst making clear the need for repentance! The attributes that you quote from Paul’s letter to the Galatians follow another list. Perhaps you should go back and read your own quotation in context!

          • Steven Newman

            I never sin was not sin… I think you guys are just looking for something to fuss about…. Oh well… try to catch sinners with a bare hook of hate and I will continue to tell them that they are sinners who need a loving and forgiving God to change their lives! They need Jesus… the one written of in the Bible.. the one who came to call the unrighteous to repentance… and my quote WAS in context! Man… no wonder the church is suffering! Sin IS sin… evil IS evil… wrong IS wrong and repentance is necessary…. I NEVER SAID ANY DIFFERENT!!!! But going about it from the standpoint of hate or ugliness will not WIN ONE SINGLE SOUL to God! THEY DON’T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THAT!!!!!! They can be changed by the power of the God I serve… Not sure about the God you serve…… If he is as hateful as you are… he would never have forgiven my sinful, evil self… but the God I found forgave me, changed me, loved me and set me on a righteous path to heaven. Been serving Him for thirty years now! I believe in living right and leaving the “unclean” thing alone….. just as the scriptures teach… but I do not believe in hatefulness and crassness toward sinners!!!!!! That is exactly what the bunch of nuts in that church that protests soldiers funerals do… and they HAVE NOT WON ONE SINGLE SOUL FOR GOD!!!!! In fact, I have not found one single person who has anything but contempt for them and their message! They are giving Jesus a black eye.. .and they will hear about it one day!!!!

            1 John 4:8-9 – TEV

            8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

            Love conquers a multitude of sins… I will choose to tell them just what you guys are saying in love… you can do it anyway you want…. when we stand before our God… we will see who was able to reach more…. those who told the truth in love… or those who attempted to CRAM the gospel down people’s throats!!!!!

          • http://www.crazyrev.blogspot.com/ C.Brian Ross

            “I will continue to tell them that they are sinners who need a loving and forgiving God to change their lives!”

            Forgive me, but I didn’t pick up the comment that said otherwise! What you appear to be missing is the simple fact that the full Gospel includes a warning about what happens to those who continue to defy God’s laws, and “do it their way”!

            “I will choose to tell them just what you guys are saying in love …”

            I suspect that anyone who contributes, positively, to a thread like this, on a site like this, would also speak in love. The article wasn’t saying anything to the contrary. It was merely pointing out that God hates (abhors, cannot stand) certain things. This is a perfectly Biblical stance to take: “… I the Lord love justice, I HATE robbery and wrong;” (Isa 61:8); “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” says the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob but I have HATED Esau; I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” (Mal 1:2-3). The latter is even quoted by Paul in Rom.9:13!

            Please come down from your high horse, and cease claiming the high moral ground on this subject. Of course “God is love” – but He is also Justice, and Purity, and Holiness, and Vengeance! A good concordance will direct you to the references for ALL of His attributes. One doesn’t need to be CRAMMING the Gospel down people’s throats in order to be true to the whole counsel of God.

          • Steven Newman

            Me!!!!!????? On a high horse???? My friend, you do not know me at
            all!!! You have read two posts and you assume to know me! You don’t! I
            am anything but on a high horse. We are saying the same thing but
            arguing over the semantics! YOU WIN!!! Winning isn’t that important
            to me!!!! So you can declare yourself the winner of this debate. I
            completely agree that our God cannot, will not and has NEVER accepted
            sin! He abhors it. My only point… or what I was TRYING to say is
            that I see a type of self importance in many believer’s lives in that
            they want to put themselves up on a pedestal and look down on others who
            they feel are “not worthy” in the eyes of God. Jesus told of two
            people praying in the temple one day… the first was a “religious” and
            outwardly “Godly” man (at least in his own mind) who stood and said in
            his heart; “I thank you God that I am not like other men (sinners) … I
            tithe…. (and the list went on)” Jesus said that this man even looked
            at the publican who was praying and actually said in his heart; “I
            thank God I am not like that man”! Then Jesus also told of another man
            (the publican) at that same alter…. Jesus said; “He pounded on his
            chest and would not even look upward toward heaven and begged God to
            have mercy on him because he was a sinner”! Jesus told them that the
            second man left right in the sight of God that day…. but not the first
            one! That was my entire point. I am a sinner who (Thank God) is saved
            by the grace of God! I am a child of God, ADOPTED according to
            scripture! I DON’T DESERVE IT… I DIDN’T EARN IT AND I CAN’T BRAG
            ABOUT ANYTHING THAT “I” DID TO RECEIVE IT! I know who I am… I am the
            publican, the drug addict, the adultery committing scum bag, the
            womanizer, the selfish and arrogant one who finally found that I was
            nothing but needed God (Jesus) in my life. I completely sold out to
            Jesus and HE CHANGED MY LIFE!!! I know He changes people… HE CHANGED
            ME!!!

            That was 31 years ago. I have gone through various
            stages of growth in my walk with God (and the one thing I have learned
            is that I will never stop growing). But I hope that the one thing I
            have learned is compassion! To look at others and to know that the ONLY
            thing that differentiates me from them is my walk with Jesus! His
            Grace, love and mercy!!!! God loved me enough to call to me that
            wonderful day 31 years ago… and he loves others in the same way. He
            HATED my sin… but not me. Yes, If I had continued to pursue my life
            on my terms and continued to walk in a lifestyle of sin separated from
            God, I WOULD HAVE ENDED UP IN HELL!!! But I didn’t.. and that is my
            message! Love! He loves you! He loves me! He wants to “awaken” or
            make alive the dead spirit that is within all sinners. Ephesians
            chapter 2… verses 1-4! That is exactly what happened to me.

            My
            only point, and it seems that I am not clearly conveying my point, is
            that God DOES NOT HATE EVERYONE!!!! And that if we are going to change
            this world for Jesus… we cannot HATE others either. Hateful messages
            or threats do not engage people nor cause them pause any more! In fact,
            it turns them off!

            Yes, my name is in the Lambs Book of Life..
            and I rejoice every day in that! But my job is to reach others! Love,
            forgiveness, patience and HOPE is what I am to offer those who don’t
            know Him. Most won’t come.. Jesus said they wouldn’t.. .but I will
            spend the rest of my life trying desperately to show others the love of
            God. I am to be “SALT AND LIGHT” to my world. Salt “flavors” food! It
            preserves food. It was used as medicine! It heals.. etc. But TOO
            MUCH SALT MAKES ANYTHING UNPALATABLE!!! Or if it looses its ability to
            alter the taste it is applied to… Jesus said it is no good anymore!
            He even asked a deeper question! “How can it become salty again”????
            IT CAN’T! Once you loose your audience, through hatefulness, meanness,
            arrogance.. etc… you are of no good to God and His Kingdom. The
            entire goal of Christianity is to “go and teach all men (make disciples)
            unto me” (Jesus said)! That is my only point… could it be that the
            church is loosing its ability to “FLAVOR” our world, not because of the
            message we bring… but how we present it?

            If someone were to
            present you your favorite food on a used, dirty garbage can lid… would
            you eat it? NO!!!! YUK!!! But if they presented the same thing to
            you on a nice, clean plate… you would gobble it right up. The world
            needs Jesus…. but sometimes I fear the way we present Jesus is on a
            garbage can lid!!!! Who wants that????

          • http://www.crazyrev.blogspot.com/ C.Brian Ross

            “My friend, you do not know me at all!!! You have read two posts and you assume to know me! You don’t!”

            Quite correct – I don’t ‘know’ you. However, one can tell a lot about a person simply by listening to what is said – and how it is said. Transferring that principle to the printed page (or screen!), and the same may be said concerning the over-use of upper-case lettering.

            Blessings, and shalom.

          • Tom

            Hey Steven don’t worry buddy you are on the right path. The pharisees knew the scripture well but had no understanding of it. These people on here full of hate and self righteousness are the pharisees of today.

        • Steven Newman

          I have no idea at all what you mean Ryan!!! I do not believe in such things… just believe in telling people the plain truth in love…. not hatred!!!!!!!!!!!! If we cannot learn to love sinners and hate their sin and call it sin….. then we will never EVER reach them! And I DO tell people the truth in love!!! Ask my church… they tell me that I am one of the plainest and most Biblical pastor’s they have ever had…. (To God be the glory)….. But you don’t have to beat someone over the head with the gospel…. but simply tell them the truth in love… it is still truth… you can tell someone that you love them and that they will wind up in hell if they don’t accept Jesus or if they continue on the path they are on… and then you can (because you approached them in love) tell them how much Jesus loves them and how He wants to change their life! You can make the argument to them that THEY DON’T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THAT ANY MORE… Jesus can change them! But if you approach them with the proverbial… “CHANGE OR BURN” attitude… they turn you off immediately!!!!! Read Jesus Sermon on the Mount… He didn’t beat anyone up.. .He simply told them, in love, what the Kingdom of God was all about!!! Maybe you could teleport Him some of what you smartly spit at me!!!!!

      • Jina Appa

        Steven Newman, just stop. Seriously. Quit while you’re ahead (or behind) or whatever. And yes, I know I’m weighing in late here.

  • Elsie

    “God is not angry merely against the sin abstracted from the sinner, but against the sinner himself. Some persons have labored hard to set up this ridiculous and absurd abstraction, and would fain make it appear that God is angry at sin, yet not at the sinner. He hates the theft, but loves the thief. He abhors adultery, but is pleased with the adulterer. Now this is supreme nonsense. The sin has no moral character apart from the sinner. The act is nothing apart from the actor. The very thing that God hates and disapproves is not the mere event–the thing done in distinction from the doer; but it is the doer himself. It grieves and displeases Him that a rational moral agent, under His government, should array himself against his own God and Father, against all that is right and just in the universe. This is the thing that offends God. The sinner himself is the direct and the only object of his anger.

    “So the Bible shows. God is angry with the wicked [Psa. 7:11], not with the abstract sin. If the wicked turn not, God will whet His sword—He has bent His bow and made it ready—not to shoot at the sin, but the sinner—the wicked man who has done the abominable thing. This is the only doctrine of either the Bible or of common sense on this subject.” (Charles Finney, The Guilt of Sin)

    • Jonathan Hughes

      Your body is in sin. Had it not be could look at God in his glory and live not needing to be changed. Had the body not be in sin would not kill life not making dust with flakes of skin.
      A condemner grieves God away. The hatred you see God have is the hatred of men. The wrath you see God have is the wrath of men. He that thinks abominably is you for sex of any kind is not what God sees as abominable. Please teach all. 21 things in 16 verses. All of them are not what religons have said for a long time. Come on religions straiten up and fly right.
      Proverbs: 6:19: These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
      Proverbs 20:10 – Divers weights,
      [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.

      Micah: 6:10: Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in
      the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

      Proverbs 11:20 – They that are of a froward heart [are] abomination to the LORD: but [such as are] upright in [their] way [are] his delight.
      Proverbs: 24:9 – The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
      Proverbs: 16:5 – Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an
      abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be
      unpunished.
      Proverbs: 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.
      Proverbs 21:27 – The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination: how much more, [when] he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
      Proverbs: 15:26 – The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.
      Proverbs 29:27 – An unjust man [is] an abomination to the just: and [he that is] upright in the way [is] abomination to the wicked.
      Proverbs: 8:7 – For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.
      Proverbs: 12:20 – Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy. 21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
      Proverbs: 3:32 – For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but
      his secret [is] with the righteous.
      Titus: 1:16: They profess that they know God; but in works
      they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work
      reprobate.
      Micah: 6:10: Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in
      the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
      Job: 15:16:How much more abominable and filthy is man, which
      drinketh iniquity like water?

  • RAMJR

    The problem with ‘love’ is the ‘love’ God gives, comes through repentance. When Jesus, God made flesh, had those sit with Him, He didn’t leave them with, “Keep sinning! Have a nice day!” No. Jesus, God made flesh left them with, “Go and sin no more!” This wasn’t a request, it was, and is a command.

    There is so much immorality that this world accepts, and ‘Christians’ ignorantly forgive, without restitution for actions taken.

    For example, ‘Righteous Judgment’ was put in place by God to protect those that are REALLY His. Capital Punishment stood in restitution of life, in forfeiting their lives. Murderers, rapists, molesters…ALL MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN that aid this, apply these and participate in these, don’t sit in a jail, have three square meals and conjugal visits…THEY DIE! Now, the death they receive here, in their flesh, doesn’t mean they receive eternal death from God, if they repent IN THEIR HEARTS (words are not important to God, nor actions that can be staged and faked).
    So many things man/woman takes and says God is a part of…BUT IS NOT!
    God is TOUGH LOVE, and Jesus tried teaching that OVER, AND OVER AND OVER.
    There is no ‘settle for’ in God. Sin is a part of man/woman through the Deceiver that is the guiding force of this world, and we gave the deed to all God created here on Earth.
    The “love” card, many will try to exploit to put immorality into the value of God, is massive these days. One example is SEX, which GOD created for HIS purpose…and we allowed Satan to deceive the SPECIFIC GUIDELINES God put in place for its use.
    The ONLY purpose God gave sex to us, was in the covenant with a man and woman in marriage, to themselves and to Him, and only AFTER marriage permitted. That means NOTHING other than that standard is of God.
    Homosexuality, beastiality, sex BEFORE marriage, masturbation, pedophile, rape, molestation, adultery, polygamy and any other immoral standard of sexual immorality of man/woman…is NOT of God.
    But you can’t stop their, because even DIVORCE is not of God. Moses MADE that value, and God accepted on the terms Moses gave, because men were BEATING their wives, almost to death. Three ways of God granting divorce, and man/woman daily corrupts.

    First, adultery. Under the terms of ‘divorce’ God gave, either the man or woman that committed adultery to their marriage…and the restitution was DEATH to the offender to the covenant to his/her spouse and more importantly God. Second, and the simplest, was when a spouse died …and God allowed the living spouse to remarry, if they chose to. And the third was, and is, when one spouse is a Christian, and the other is not. God grants divorce of that marriage, to allow the one abiding in Him to find someone, if they choose later, to find someone who is a Christian, to become their spouse under the God given Covenant.
    In all of these, if we listen to God, is this a better world? Sexual diseases would lessen, sexual immorality would lessen and the forces that produce immorality would lessen. Celebrities, commercials, movies, cable, television shows, books, computer sites, teachers, professors, businesses, sources of entertainment, leadership in government, leadership in businesses, leadership in churches….the FAMILY OF GOD lives in the mindset of a world that will not abide by any of these…and we are warned NOT TO BE A PART OF THIS!
    If we listen to God, through sources He gave and gives us, our hearts are not of the value of this world, and don’t try to validate immoralities in our lives.
    Now, I’d like to say I’m above sexual immorality…but that would be a lie, but I am not trying to present a LIE as TRUTH, as we can clearly see Jesus addressed even the clergy/religious leadership in His time on earth…in Apostles that dealt with even within churches they established the orgy of sexual immorality that mocked God, and those sources within the church that claimed THEY were of God, even as the TRUTH showed they were frauds, fakes and phonies…WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHINGS!
    Many churches ARE frauds these days…and they will fall to clergy that is NOT of God…as addressed in Revelations when God tells them, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” If you go further, these men/women claim they prayed, healed and led many to Him…when they really led people AWAY from Him. The TRUTH sets us free…but we have to want to know the WHOLE TRUTH, and stand by the WHOLE TRUTH in not becoming hypocrites and liars standing from pulpits and sitting in pews. God Bless.

  • mkdb

    A few more vital hatred verses:

    “I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” (Ps 119:104)

    “…because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.”(Ps 119:128)

    Can we hate EVERY wrong path and “accept” them at the same time? Many have been deceived and destroyed by trying.

    “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot TOLERATE wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them FALSE.” (Rev 2:2)

    compare a few verses later:

    “Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman
    Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she MISLEADS my
    servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to
    idols.” (Rev 2:20)

  • mkdb

    Great article, and somewhat funny to see people squirm and resist. I
    have been trying to teach this very thing (from time to time) for years
    — to hate what God hates out of love for God and others.

    A few crucial “hate” verses I did not see:

    “I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.” (Ps 119:163)

    “The righteous hate what is false” (Prov 13:5)

    In
    an age where most Christians are dominated more by political
    correctness and what the culture wants, much of the church has bought
    into the world’s notion/falsehood of “acceptance” and “tolerance” and
    “inclusiveness” and “unity at all costs.” This sets them up so that they
    cannot, therefore, “hate and detest falsehood” and accept/tolerate it
    at the same time. As a result, falsehood flows freely into their church
    and lives.

  • Steven Newman

    Dalia… the question that begs to be answered is simply this… “WHY DID GOD CREATE HELL”??? You will find the answer in you Bible! Hint.. “it wasn’t for us, or mankind”!!! We “choose” to go there when WE choose our way over his way. We have no choice but to go there when WE commit the same sin that originally caused its creation! That is in your Bible! Sorry, but you are wrong on God “sending” people to hell! Hell is a boundary that God has established. We either choose His Son… or we go there! OUR CHOICE!!!! If you have a choice, then YOU are the one who determines the outcome…. He has left that all up to us!

    He has done EVERYTHING He can do to keep us from going to hell! Whether or not we go is all up to our choices and decisions! That places the ball squarely in our court!!!!!