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Who Has The Wrong Spirit - Those Who Love Or Hate?
Today, in Christianity, the message of Love has become so lopsided to the point whereby if anyone should dare to display a hatred for sin or error, they are immediately charged by the majority with having a "wrong spirit." Is this what the Bible attests? Who is in the right or the wrong here? May this message settle this issue once and for all.
Charles Spurgeon, the Great Preacher of old, in his volume called The Treasury Of David, boldly declared - "It is well to be a good hater."
Many people reading that statement would gasp in total shock - simply because they have received a corrupt or false understanding of what true Christianity is all about.
In that same quote, he went on to say - "And what is that? It is to be a hater of no living being, but of every false way. Self-will, self-righteousness, worldliness, pride, unbelief, and hypocrisy are all false ways and must not only be shunned but also abhorred."
The question to ask yourself, O Christian, is this - just how much do you hate these things?
Perhaps we should also ask - is it really well with your soul?
Because if you do not hate these sins, then it is not well at all.
What saith the Scriptures?
Psalm 97:10 says - "Ye that love the LORD, hate evil..."
Psalm 119:104 says - "Through Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way."
Proverbs 8:13 adds - "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil..."
Do you profess to love the Lord? We are not asking if you have warm and fuzzy feelings when you think about Jesus? We are asking if you really and sincerely love Him as the Bible directs?
Closely read and study the following comments from the various commentators and see how you stand spiritually.
"Show your love for the Lord 'by' hating all that is evil, that is, all that He hates, or that is evil in His sight. There can be no true love for God where evil is not hated in all its forms, since it is the object of the divine abhorrence. We cannot be like God unless we love what He loves, and hate what He hates. There is nothing more clearly affirmed in the Scriptures than that in order to the love of God there must be the hatred to all that is wrong, and that where there is the love of sin in the heart, there can be no true religion(Christianity)." - Barnes' Notes
"To hate means to reject; to love means to choose. Since both are an expression of the will and not merely an emotion; the Bible commands both love and hatred." - Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary
"We cannot love God without hating what He hates. We are not only to avoid evil, but we must be armed against it and bear a hearty indignation toward it." - Charles Spurgeon
Do you claim to have a working knowledge of the Word of God? What is your proof? That you can spout out a thousand Scriptures on a certain topic? What does the Bible give for a basis?
Psalm 119:104 says - "Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way."
Reading and studying the Bible does not make one more tolerant, accepting, or "nice"(in reference to sin and error) - as some suppose. Instead, it imbues its students with a divine perspective on things and issues - giving a true understanding...a correct view of things...and a just knowledge of truth and duty. Resultantly, these students of the Word find themselves displaying an utter abhorrence and disgust for all sin. They hate or dread the way of sin for it is a "false way." The more they read the Bible, the more they hate sin and desire to speak out against it on all sides.
Read what others had to say concerning this matter -
"The more understanding we get by the word of God the more rooted will our hatred of sin be(for to depart from evil, that is understanding), and the more ready we are in the scriptures the better furnished we are with answers to temptation." - Matthew Henry Commentary
"Avoidance of sinful courses is both the effect and means of increasing in divine knowledge." - Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown's Commentary
"Hatred is a stabbing, murdering affection. With a hot heart, it pursues sin to death. Hate sin perfectly and perpetually, and you will not spare it, but kill it. Until sin is hated, it cannot be subdued. Until sin is hated, you will not cry against it as the Jews did against Christ, 'Crucify Him'...Rather, you will indulge it, like David did to Absalom, and say, 'Deal gently...with the young man'... Deal gently with this or that lust, for my sake..." - Spurgeon
"Mercy to sin is cruelty to the soul." - Edward Reymer, a 17th Century Preacher
In Proverbs 8:13, we read - "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil..."
How do people act who have a distinct awe or holy reverence for God? What about those who are under the influence of the Holy Spirit...filled with the Spirit...walking in the Spirit and not fulfilling the lust of the flesh...and mortifying the deeds of the flesh...?
Most would immediately answer by quoting Galatians 5:22 which says - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love..." But to do so is only partially correct. It is not the whole counsel of God. It is a lopsided view of divine principles - for the Holy Spirit directed King Solomon to say - "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil..." In other words, true Christianity teaches men to hate all sin because it is displeasing to the Lord and brings utter destruction to a man's soul.
Once again, read the various comments pertaining to this particular subject -
"There can be no true love where there is not also true hatred - no love of truth without abhorrence of error." - Krauth, Encyclopedia Of Sermon Illustrations
"Wherever there is an awe of God there is a dread of sin, as an evil, as only evil." - Matthew Henry Commentary.
"The teaching that sin is hateful is a wonderful and vital truth. In ancient times, as now, only the Biblical revelation stressed this truth." - The Wycliffe Bible Commentary
Getting back to our original question - Who has the wrong spirit - those who love or hate?
Which kind of Christian are you?
A true one or a phoney?
You cannot call yourself a Christian and be tolerant of any sin.
You cannot call yourself a Christian and not have a desire to speak out against the abominable practises which are in the world and even in some churches.
If God is in you of a truth, you will find yourself like the Prophet Jeremiah, saying - "Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay"(Jeremiah 20:9).
This tolerance of sin - this overemphasis on the so-called "Love Gospel" in our churches - has made our Preachers to appear sissified and has produced more backsliders and apostates who couldn't come back to the Lord if they tried. They are so intoxicated by the False Love Gospel - totally convinced that God in His Justice would never cast their souls into a Devil's Hell. Resultantly, they have no true incentive to repent of their sins or quit their sinning once and for all. And the finger is pointed at the Preachers in the pulpits. They are to blame for this whole mess.
"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil..."
You can't make it any plainer than that!
May God Bless His Word.