One of the most recognized charactersitics of God is His alignment with Love. That is His defining trait. God is Love. That’s comforting, isn’t it? God is Love. God is good. God is forgiving. God is merciful. God is generous. God restores. Yes and amen, God is all of those things and more. But, God is something that people don’t like to talk about. God is a conquerer. God is the King of Kings. God is justice, and that’s BAD news for some of us because God HATES evil. That’s bad news for some of us. We need to take the wrath of God seriously.
I’m going to level with you. A lot of you have only heard half of the truth. That half truth, that outright lie rather is this: God hates the sin, not the sinner. You’d be hard pressed to find biblical support for such a claim. What the bible actually says about God’s feelings about sin is much different. I’ll rattle off a few for you to check out for yourself.
- Psalm 5:5
- Revelation 2:6
- Romans 9:13
- Proverbs 6:16-19
- Leviticus 20:23
- Leviticus 26:30
- Proverbs 22:14
- Malachi 1:3
- Hosea 9:15
Those are just a selection, dear reader. If you are one of the people described in one of those verses, please stop taking patience of God for granted. You are sitting under the angry judgement of a just and loving God. Because God is Love and God is just, it’s in His very nature to HATE evil. Yes, God HATES some people. If you check the cited verses, one of them is even called by name!
Dear believer, if you’re one of those people that think you will never meet someone that God hates, it’s time to wake up from your fairy tale. It’s time to realize that people you love that refuse to bow the knee to the king are taunting The Lion of Judah and His patience will not last forever. Every knee is going to bow whether it be by humble admission for the need of a savior or by the crushing fear of the power of the One who can destroy the soul. That, my friends and family, is terrifying… for some of us.
Think about this rationally. If God doesn’t hate anyone, why did he drown every last human on the planet, sans a single family? If God doesn’t hate anyone, why was the couple that withheld from the early church, from God ultimately, struck dead in an instant? On and on and on it goes. From the early makings of the nation of Israel, many of whom didn’t get to see the promised land, on down to those that favored Barrabas over Jesus. All those people died brutal deaths at the hands of a very angry God.
Furthermore, I can demonstrate to you that I didn’t need to convince you of this. You already knew that God hates some people before you read any of those verses or anything I had to say about them. No one had to tell you that God does not love Adolf Hitler. No one had to tell you that God does not love Joseph Stalin. No one had to tell you that God does not love Judas. That list can go on for a while as well.
If that wasn’t enough to shift your attitude towards the urgency of this, consider the warning from Jesus In Mark 3:28-30. All of the people that fit that description will succumb to the wrath of The Lion of Judah. Every single one of them. This leaves us with some very important things to consider no matter if we currently submit to Christ or not.
If you do not bow the knee to His authority, He’s going to crush you. That’s not an idle threat. That is a promise. As much as you would protect your home and land from those that do not follow or respect your governing authority, how much more do you think God will when He fully enstates his earthly throne? If you seek Him, you WILL find Him. It’s never too late in this life, but another day in this life is never promised. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you’ll be saved.
Believers, stop spreading this nonsense among your unbelieving friends. You are not helping them. They’re banking on the fact that God loves them, when He in fact does NOT. You’re talking to people that think they’re good in and of themselves and that they deserve grace. None of us are righteous. None of us deserve mercy. God is not obligated to accept any of us. Stop encouraging people with bumper sticker feel good fluffiness and tell people the truth. Those people that you look in the eye that shake their first at God are potentially people that will never know the love of God and will suffer angry judgement.
You can help them by telling them the truth. You can help them by preaching the gospel and forgiveness of sins. You can help them by telling them the truth about the wrath of God. You will not help them if you continue to tell them that God still loves them despite all the sin they gleefully commit. Jesus, God in the flesh, was murdered to pay the price for these sins. He shed actual blood and his actual flesh was torn apart. That was when He came as the sacrificial lamb.
Next time, he’s coming as the ruler. There will be no room for rebellion then.