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THE ONE CREATOR HATES SINNERS!
THE HISTORICAL POSITION OF THE CHURCH AS REVEALED BY ITS REPRESENTATIVES . . . QUOTING in part . . .
AUGUSTINE (354-430, Bishop of Hippo): QUOTE: “For it may be that GOD HATES A PERSON to the degree more mildly, as not to destroy him, but whom He destroys HE HATES THE MORE EXCEEDINGLY, by how much He punishes more severely. Now HE HATES ALL WHO WORK INIQUITY: but all who speak lies He also destroys.” (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol.3, p.462)
JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791, founder of Methodism): QUOTE: “But as for the wicked, GOD HATES THEM, and will feverishly punish them.” (Explanatory Notes Upon the Old Testament, Vol.2, p.1639)
JONATHAN EDWARDS: QUOTE: “The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much in the same way one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, over the fire, ABHORS YOU, and is dreadfully provoked: His wrath towards you burns like fire: He looks upon you as worthy of nothing else but to be cast into the fire: He is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in His sight: you are ten thousand times more ABOMINABLE in His sight than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours.” (Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God, July 8, 1741)
CHARLES G. FINNEY: QUOTE: “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 God 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 only object of His anger.” (The Guilt of Sin, pp.84-85)
F. DELITZSCH : QUOTE: “Of such (sinners - the foolish, and more especially the foolish boasters:)... SUCH MEN JEHOVAH HATES: for if He did not hate evil, His love would not be a holy love,” ... “And His soul HATES the evildoer and him that delights in the violence of the strong against the weak. And the more intense this hatred, the more fearful will be the judgments in which it bursts forth.” (Psalms, Vol.5, pp.122,189)
CHARLES H. SPURGEON: QUOTE: “Verse 5 - Note the singular opposition of the two sentences. GOD HATES THE WICKED, therefore in contrast He loves the righteous...” (The Treasury of David, Vol.2, pp.57-58)
AUGUSTUS HOPKINS STRONG : QUOTE: “There is no abstract sin that can be hated apart from the person in whom that sin is represented and embodies. It is the sinner who is punished, not the sin.” (Systematic Theology, p.290f)
J. VERNON MCGEE: QUOTE: “ If you think God is just lovey-dovey, you had better read this (Ps.11:5) and some of the other Psalms again. GOD HATES THE WICKED who hold onto their wickedness... I do not think God loves the devil, I think He hates him, and HE HATES THOSE WHO HAVE NO INTENTION OF TURNING TO GOD. Frankly, I do not like this distinction that I hear today, that ‘God loves the sinner, but hates the sin.’ God has loved you so much that He gave His Son to die for you, but if you persist in your sin, and continue in that sin, you are the enemy of God. And God is your enemy.” (Psalms, Vol.1, p.72)
LAYMAN’S BIBLE COMMENTARY: QUOTE: “God’s Hatred of Evildoers (Psalm 5:4-5)... God is not said to love the sinner and hate his sin; He is said to HATE BOTH THE SINNER AND HIS SIN. This sounds harsh to modern Christian ears, but there is truth here we dare not overlook.”
MATTHEW HENRY’S COMMENTARY: QUOTE: “He is a holy God, and therefore HATES THEM (the sinner), and cannot endure to look upon them; the wicked, and him that loves violence, HIS SOUL HATES... Their prosperity is far from being an evidence of God’s love...their abuse of it does certainly make them objects of HIS HATRED. He hates nothing that He has made, yet HATES THOSE who have ill-made themselves.”
THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY: QUOTE: “But the wicked HIS SOUL DOTH HATE... Their treacherous preparations...are all observed by Yahweh, and HE HATES THEM FROM HIS VERY SOUL. The soul is the seat of the passion of anger and hatred, for God as well as for man...therefore, Yahweh is trying the righteous man, and HATING His deadly enemies...”
THE INTERPRETER’S BIBLE: QUOTE: “In vs. 5 the verb ‘trieth’ has its object both the righteous and the wicked, and means no more that the Lord watchfully observes them both and estimates them for what they are, HATING THE LATTER and ultimately pouring His destruction upon them.”
BROADMAN BIBLE COMMENTARY: QUOTE: “Yahweh takes no pleasure in wickedness and does not dwell with evil (or evil men). Insolent, boasting people have no position at all in the presence of Yahweh, who HATES ALL ‘DOERS OF SIN.’ Indeed, Yahweh will annihilate those who speak deception: HE DETESTS THE MAN OF BLOODY DEEDS AND DECEITS.”
THE CONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD
“God hates the sin, but loves the sinner” has become the motto of worldly evangelism today. Certainly, God hates sin – about this there can be no arguments, from anyone but them who do not know the CREATOR. The WORDS states, with striking frequency, that GOD HATES SINNERS. The WORD says that He will laugh at the wicked when their calamity comes like a whirlwind, and that He rejoices over the wicked to destroy them. If you find this concept of God incompatible with the tenets of your religion, I question whether you really know the God of the Bible.
Justice is an attribute of DIVINE LOVE.
A judge in a courtroom of real and true justice rejoices at the catch the criminals, their conviction, and their punishment!
Is it because he is unloving? NO absolutely NOT! !
Is it because he is unjust? NO! If he is loving, and or just, he will be glad the rapists, murderers, car thieves, child molesters the oath breakers are sent to jail, or removed for this life, for the Greater Wood of whole of Society.
The Heavenly JUDGE hates sinners in the same sense an earthly judge should hate criminals - for the greater good of all mankind!
The PURE COMPLETE CREATOR hates sinners in the same sense that He hates the devil - to promote the general welfare of the DIVINE CREATION!
Not because the DIVINE ONE is "hateful," but because He is PERFECT LOVE! They who know not the LIVING WORD do not know LOVE!. .They who do NOT know the precepts of the DIVINE MIND, only "guess" at love, with a faulty fallen selfish carnal mind, and motives!
TOTAL and COMPLETE LOVE can NOT and will NOT condone, sanction, allow, anything mentally. morally or physically to exist in the DIVINE CREATION, or that divinity would cease to be divine (and that is another impossibility!)
Tolerance of sin [wickedness, or transgression] of the ideals, precepts, and concepts of the DIVINE MIND, is of the d-evil ones creations!
Heb 1:9 "You have loved holiness, and justice, and hated iniquity, [SIN]; therefore the WORD your CREATOR has anointed you with the oil of shear joy above all who know or meet you." According to those WORDS of WISDOM, what is the reason for the higher "anointing?" Answer is to "love holiness and justice and HATE iniquity!" That is where the WISDOM comes from, to know the WORD, perfectly!
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SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD!
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