Sin and Love the Sinner"
Exposing the DANGER
EVIL, by definition, is that which is opposed to God and His purposes. It may also be that which is defined from human perspectives, is harmful and non-productive. However, the PRIMARY definition of evil is that which is opposed, or opposite of God. Therefore an essential part of loving God is hating evil.
We do mourn at how so many who claim to be Christians seem to suppose that Christ allows his people to pick and choose which commands of His Royal law they may violate with impunity. Saints are redeemed, repentant, sinners; however, no sinner, redeemed or otherwise, partakes of Christ's justifying righteousness, apart from finding grace to repent of his evil deeds.
The mercy of God revealed in the gospel leads the believer to be less vain and more humble before God. The humility before God may be quite different than many shows of humility before the brethren. The law is the Christian's rule of DUTY, and he delights in it. If a man, pretending to be Christ's disciple, encourages himself in any allowed disobedience to the holy law of God, or teaches others to do the same, whatever his position or reputation among men may be, if he makes it into the Kingdom, he shall be called LEAST in the Kingdom of heaven (Mat 5:19). Christ's righteousness, imputed to us by faith alone, is needed by every one that enters God's kingdom of grace and glory. However, the new creation of the heart to holiness, writes the 10 commands of the Royal law of LOVE on the heart by the work of the Holy Ghost. The born again experience produces a thorough change in a man's temper and conduct.
The rabbis, whom Jesus confronted, taught that nothing except actual murder was forbidden by the sixth commandment. That explains away the spiritual meaning of "Thou shalt not kill." Messiah taught the full meaning of this commandment. We will be judged according as Messiah taught, for to Him all judgment is committed. All uncontrolled explosive anger is heart murder. There is no such thing as a second class or lower class human, for God has created man in His image, and we are all made of one blood.
"Raca," is a word of contempt and scorn which comes from pride: "Thou fool," in Hebrew is "nabal." The word comes from hatred. You may remember David's encounter with Nabal, the husband of Abigail, who, after Nabal died of an heart attack, became the wife of David. "Nabal, Thou Fool," is a word to mean a wicked reprobate, destitute of spiritual knowledge. Have you noticed how such spiteful words are so frequently said by so called Christians today? It is a sad sign of the times.
Malicious slanders, and censures, which are official expressions of strong disapproval, are poison that kills secretly and slowly. Messiah, who IS the judge of all, tells us that we better not make light of these sins. He made it clear we will be judged for such sins.
In times such as these, we should be careful to preserve Christian love and peace with all our brethren. If there is a quarrel, we should confess our fault, humble ourselves to our brother, offering satisfaction for wrong done in word or deed, and we should do this quickly. Until this is done, we are unfit for communion with God, and to receive communion is such a state is what Paul referred to as to take of the cup of the Lord UNWORTHILY ( I Cor 11:27-30).
Each day, as we lie down to sleep, we should examine our hearts to think if there be anyone whom we would not want to see in heaven. Do NOT let the sun go down on your anger! If you can think of anyone you would NOT like to see in heaven, don't worry, we will not see them in heaven. Hell maybe, but not heaven. We MUST forgive. Though this may not be easy, it is NOT optional. We must look at the Cross of the Lamb of God. Did He deserve that payback for my sins? The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. While we are alive, we are in the way to the judgment seat of Messiah; after death, it will be too late.
We need to know that even though "God IS Love" that in no way means that God can not, or does not, hate. In fact, we do KNOW God Hates Evil but Loves Righteousness. Jesus tells us twice in Rev 2:6 & 15 that He hates Nicolaitanes. Do we know what a Nicolaitane is, or the deed of the Nicolaitane? Sadly many do the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which Jesus hates, and have not a clue. We find six things that the Lord hates in Proverbs 6. The religious spirits in many, today, cause them to do these things religiously.
Prov 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Prov 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Prov 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Prov 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Prov 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.
Prov 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness..
Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
While it is true that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, that does not mean He loves those who hate Him. Exo 20:5 - For I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Psa 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
The idea that God loves everything, so we should love everything, is simply false. It is extremely dangerous because it leads people to think God will ignore sin, so people can continue to sin without suffering eternal consequences. If this is true, everyone will be saved, because God loves everyone. But the truth is that most people will be lost eternally (Matt. 7:13,14).
The idea that God loves everything is fundamentally false because, although God loves all people, He still hates sinful conduct so much that He will punish those who sin and do not repent. He loves us so much He sent His Son to die so we can be forgiven. But if we refuse to meet the conditions of forgiveness, we will be lost eternally.
There is a truth, that in this day, is being used by Satan to ensnare many in a snare that could bring eternal destruction to many good people, who claim to be Christians. The truth that we "hate the sin and love the sinner" is the truth that the devil is using to take many to hell. That is because that truth is NOT handled in real genuine biblical love but feigned affection. Sadly, the time when men will not ENDURE sound doctrine has come. Sadly, feigned affection is taught, and thought to be love by most today. You should see how to avoid this deadly snare of the devil which is overtaking so many in these days of strong delusion.
If we Love God - That requires us to Hate Evil.
Psa 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:
Prov 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Deu 7:25-26 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God. Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
Graven images are an abomination to God, therefore His people are to detest and utterly abhor them. What God hates, we are to hate because we love Him and fear Him.
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
If we love these things, the love of the Father is not in us! Again, if we love God, we are forbidden to love the things which oppose Him. In fact, it is impossible to love both God and evil.
Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
The issue is not whether we love or hate, but what we love and what we hate. Because of the things we love, there are things we must hate. It is impossible to love everything, because some things are direct opposites. If you love one, you must hate its opposite. The more you love one, the more you hate the opposite.
The more you love God, the more you hate evil, because God and evil are opposites. The less you hate evil, the less you love God. When your hatred and opposition to evil grows weak, you need to realize that this is because your love for God has grown weak!
Our Love for Truth and Righteousness REQUIRES Us to Hate Evil.
Psa 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Psa 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Psa 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
Psa 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Rom 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Note that proper love requires us to abhor evil. [Amos 5:15]
Psa 36:1-4 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
One reason God rebukes is for failure to abhor evil. Instead, of abhorring evil, the wicked devise evil and think their evil will not be discovered and hated. It is NOT wrong for us to hate evil. The people who are wrong are the ones who do not hate evil, and who criticize those who do hate evil! We should also understand that one of the reasons that people don't want God and His people to hate evil, is that those people themselves are practicing evil. Just try to find ANYWHERE in the Word of God where it says that it is wrong to oppose evil - GIVE UP - YOU CAN NOT FIND IT - IT IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND IN THE WORD OF GOD. As close as you can possibly get is where Jesus taught in Matt 5:39, that Christians must avoid disputing and striving. Jesus was teaching us there that His disciples WILL NOT TAKE offense. The problem is that today's teachers, teach otherwise. Because, either they themselves are into some sin, or someone they love very much, is into sin. The "hate the sin and love the sinner" subtlety needs to be clearly understood in these days of strong delusion. Many do not want their evil to be rebuked. They want to be free to continue to practice their sin!
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their
deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
People who know the will of God do not object to sin being hated. Sometimes people object because they simply do not understand God's will. Other times people object because they themselves are practicing evil. But people who know God's will and who love righteousness, will hate sin and evil.
Christians are NOT supposed to love everything. It is a question of what you love and what you hate. It is impossible to love two things that are complete opposites. The more you love truth and righteousness, the more you hate falsehood and evil. If your hatred for evil is growing weak, it must be because your love for truth and right is growing weak.
1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore
God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness
above thy fellows.
1 Pet 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Psa 26:5 I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.
Psa 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
Psa 119:113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
Prov 13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
Prov 8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Prov 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
for Sinners and Hatred for Evil
Should Cause Us to Rebuke and Discipline Sin.
In Fact, Sin Must Be Rebuked,
or what we have is Feigned Affection and NOT Love.
Love for sinners is not reason to keep quiet about sin. Instead it is a reason we should speak out against it!
Lev 19:17-18 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
Love your neighbor as yourself, do not hate him. But this does not mean to keep quiet about his sins. It means rebuke him without seeking personal vengeance. We are not seeking to hurt the person, but to help him. Hate the sin, but love the sinner.
Prov 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
People want us to justify the wicked, but if we do, we are an abomination to the Lord! We must hate what God hates.
Mark 10:21-22 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Jesus told the rich young ruler something was lacking in his life, and he needed to make changes if he wanted eternal life. We have feigned affection experts telling us all the time that, if we have the love of Messiah we will not rebuke so harshly. But Yeshua did it, and the reason why He did this is that He loved the man! You say but He was not harsh or insulting with His love - THEN YOU BETTER THINK AGAIN ABOUT THIS DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE THAT KEPT SEVERAL WHO HEARD THIS FROM OTHERWISE BEING IN HELL TODAY - Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
We should speak the truth in love. There is a duty in love that includes rebuking sin. What if we keep quiet about sin? That would be a failure to speak the truth! Instead of participating in error, we must reprove it.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
But the Bible tells us to imitate Jesus' example (1 Peter 2:21,22).
Now look at this important command of the Lord because He begins it with TAKE HEED.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Mat 18:15 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.
2 Tim 2:24-26 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 Tim 2:24-26 is so PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT it would very good to try to memorize. We must study carefully what we are taught in those profound verses. People who are in sin and iniquity OPPOSE THEMSELVES, are in the snare of the devil, and THEY OFTEN DO NOT KNOW. Unless we confront them, and do the duty of LOVE to give them the truth - how will they ever be able to get out of the snare of bondage? THEY WILL NOT, and God may require their blood at our hands because we were too cowardly to rebuke and reprove them. You know they will attack you because they THINK they are right. Part of walking in the flesh is THINKING we are right. Today because iniquity so abounds, all that most people know is feigned affection. About 199 out of 200, think that feigned affection is love. Love requires that we speak the TRUTH otherwise it is feigned affection. Even if the person does a Jude 19, and you never see them again, at some point down the road, the truth you gave them may be acknowledged, and they may be set free, and you may see them in heaven and they will thank you for loving them in truth. Even though you perceive they have hated you here on this side of glory. Also there is a curse for those who are too cowardly to warn the wicked.
Ezek 3:18-21 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
2 Tim 4:2-4 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Preaching the word requires us to "reprove and rebuke" this means to tell people when they are wrong.
Titus 1:9-14 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Elders must SHARPLY reprove people who teach things they ought not.
James 5:19-20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
We should seek to convert those who go into sin and error.
Prov 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
Those who keep the law, will contend with the wicked.
Prov 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
Prov 24:24-25 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
Brethren, we speak out against sin, not because we are mean and hateful, but because it is the DUTY OF LOVE and God gives us no choice! If we keep quiet, God will condemn us!
If you doubt that Jesus believed in rebuking sin, I challenge you to actually read the gospel accounts of His life. Count how many times you find Him telling people they are wrong. Then read the book of Acts and see how often His faithful followers told people they were wrong. You will not go far till you have found more instances than you care to count. And note that most of these examples were cases in which religious people were rebuked, including people who thought they were faithful servants of God!
Indeed, we do need to have the love of Jesus. If we do, we will not keep quiet about sin, but we will rebuke it in love like He did.
1 Tim 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Titus 3:10-11 A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Prov 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
Prov 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Brethren, we need to pray and seek the Lord for wisdom in choosing the battles. We must let the Holy Spirit call and choose those things for which we must earnestly contend, and those things for which we will forbear. There is a time to love and a time to hate.
Eccl 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
This becomes especially important in the Antichrist war on the Saints.
to Sin Is Not Appreciated
and Is Even Mistaken for Hatred.
Brethren, we must have meekness to do this duty of love. MEEKNESS is the ability to ENDURE INSULT WITHOUT RETALIATION. When a brother is overtaken, more often than not he may not know. We are living in a time when everyone does what is right in their OWN eyes. When we reprove someone we need to expect to be ATTACKED. We do not retaliate. That is part of why the GJiGT gives so many meekness tests. Jesus did it. The greatest of all meekness tests may be found in John 6. When the thousands were going to make him KING by Force, He gave such a meekness test that He questioned the 12 to see if they were going to leave too. Peter indicated they were thinking about it and said where else could we go. Our antichrist society, including the apostate church, rebels against all forms of opposition to evil. They try to make Christians appear to be wrong if we speak against sin. The call us "hatemongers" and "unloving." This is nothing new. People have always said these things. What is new is the level of iniquity causing only 1 in 200 really to have a solid understanding of biblical love and not the feigned affection of the vast majority.
1 Ki 22:8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
The prophet Micaiah prophesied evil against Ahab, so Ahab hated him. Was the prophet wrong? No, God had sent him. The problem was that the king did not like to be told he was wrong!
Prov 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Reproof based on God's word is good for people, so a wise man appreciates it. People who don't appreciate it are the ones who have an attitude problem.
Amos 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant.
God says to hate evil and love good. If we do we will speak against evil, and sinners will often hate us. The real problem is not that it is wrong to rebuke error. The problem is that people in sin don't want to admit their error and change, so they speak against those who rebuke them, hoping they can make it appear that we did the wrong. This is a classic case of "blame-shifting."
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
If we are like Jesus' brothers, who at that time did not stand for truth, the world or the church that has become worldly has no problem with us. If like Jesus, we testify against evil, then people object. But Jesus did it. That's why they killed Him. If we are truly like Him, we will not keep quiet but will oppose sin.
Gal 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Truly the issue is a matter of love. If people accuse us of lacking love, we should not avoid the issue of love. Instead we should show that the real issue is what we should love and what constitutes a true genuine biblical love, that Yeshua demonstrated and NOT feigned affection that most people today think is love. When sin is rebuked because we love truth, and love the souls of those who sin, we have proper love. The person who objects is the one who has misplaced love.
Jude 1:18-23 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
We should always act out of love according to God's word. If we fail then truly God is not pleased.
1 Cor 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Brethren, believe it or not, I have seen 1 Cor 13 read to an assembly for the purpose of malice. Yes, indeed that is quite possible to do, when the only thing people know is feigned affection. But when we love the sinner, and we love truth, we will have mercy on the lost and try to snatch them from the fire, hating the stains of the flesh. This is what it means to "hate the sin, but love the sinner." We have so much love for the soul of the one who did wrong that we want him to repent and do right, so we must oppose his sin.
we do this, there will always be people who object. There always
have been. But the reason they object is either because they have
misunderstood the Bible teaching, or because they themselves are
in sin, and want to continue their sins without the embarrassment
of being reproved. In either case, they are the ones who do not
have a proper concept of Biblical love. Remember this - FIRST
always go to 1 John 5:16 - If any man see his brother sin a sin
which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life
for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do
not say that he shall pray for it.
WE MUST LEARN TO PRAY AND NOT PREY. There is a curse for backbiting, it is one of those things that God hates. There is nothing in the bible against one on one direct confrontation. We must be lead of the Holy Spirit, and as Christians we do things in the LIGHT, up front, not behind the back, above the table, and not in a corner. We also do it in biblical order, following the 3 steps of Matthew 18. We do not consider censure without those 3 steps. Above all we do NOT do Jude 19's. Jude 19's never work for Christians. Rom 8:28 always works and Jude 19 never works.
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