HATES ALL WORKERS OF INIQUITY”
BIBLE SAYS GOD HATES SINNERS, NOT JUST THE SIN:
20:23: “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nations which I cast
out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I
26:14-30: “If ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these
commandments; And if ye shall despise My statutes, or if your soul abhor
My judgments, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but that ye
break My covenant, I also will do this to you... [send plagues, famine,
drought, destructive armies, wild beasts who shall devour your children,
pestilence, captivity in a cruel land...] And if ye will not for all this
hearken unto Me, but walk contrary to Me; Then I WILL WALK CONTRARY TO YOU
IN FURY... I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and
cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and MY SOUL SHALL
18:12 “For all that do these things are an ABOMINATION TO THE LORD, and
because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from
25:16: “...ALL THAT DO UNRIGHTEOUSLY ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE
28:62-63: “Because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the Lord thy
God... it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you
good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will the Lord will REJOICE OVER YOU
TO DESTROY YOU, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from
off the land whither thou goest to possess it.” (In Deuteronomy 27, 28,
and 29, 124 CURSES are promised upon the Jews who refused to obey God’s
32:16-20: “They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods, with
abominations they provoked Him to ANGER... And when the Lord saw it
[people sacrificing to devils - v.17], HE ABHORRED THEM...”
2:4-9: “The Lord that sits in the heavens shall LAUGH [at rebellious
men]: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them
in His WRATH, and VEX THEM IN HIS SORE DISPLEASURE... [and Christ shall]
break them with a rod of iron: Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a
5:5-6: “The foolish shall not stand in Thy sight: THOU HATEST ALL
WORKERS OF INIQUITY. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing (lies):
THE LORD WILL ABHOR THE BLOODY AND DECEITFUL MAN.”
7:11-13: “...God is ANGRY with the wicked every day. If he turn not, He
will whet His sword; He hath bent His bow, and made it ready. He hath also
prepared for him the instruments of death; He ordaineth His arrows against
10:3: “For the wicked... blesseth the covetous, WHOM THE LORD ABHORRETH.”
11:5-7: “The Lord trieth the righteous: but THE WICKED AND HIM THAT
LOVETH VIOLENCE HIS SOUL HATETH. Upon the wicked He shall rain snares,
fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of
their cup. For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness...”
50:22: “Now consider this, ye that forget God, LEST I TEAR YOU IN
PIECES, AND THERE BE NONE TO DELIVER.”
78:59: “When God heard this He was wroth, and GREATLY ABHORRED
106:40: “Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against His people,
insomuch that HE ABHORRED HIS OWN INHERITANCE.”
3:32-33: “For the froward is an ABOMINATION TO THE LORD... The CURSE OF
THE LORD is in the house of the wicked: but He blesseth the habitation of
6:16-19: “These six things doth THE LORD HATE: yea, seven are AN
ABOMINATION TO HIM... A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that
soweth discord among the brethren.”
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.”
17:5: “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just,
even they both are ABOMINATION TO THE LORD.”
22:14: “The soul of strange women is a deep pit: HE THAT IS ABHORRED OF
THE LORD shall fall therein.”
17:5: “Thus saith the Lord, CURSED BE THE MAN that trusteth in man, and
maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.”
9:15: “All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I HATED THEM: for
the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of Mine house, I WILL
LOVE THEM NO MORE...”
1:3-4: “And I HATED ESAU, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste
for the dragons of the wilderness...thus saith the Lord of hosts, They
shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border
of wickedness, and the people AGAINST WHOM THE LORD HATH INDIGNATION
9:13: “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but ESAU HAVE I HATED.”
Corinthians 16:22: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him
be ANATHEMA MARANATHA [which means ACCURSED, THE LORD COMETH].”
4:4: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that friendship of the
world is ENMITY (or HATRED) WITH GOD? whosoever therefore will be a friend
of the world is an ENEMY OF GOD.”
Peter 3:12: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His
ears are open to their prayers: but THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THEM
THAT DO EVIL.”
14:10-11: “[Sinners] shall drink of the wine of the WRATH OF GOD, which
is poured without mixture into the cup of HIS INDIGNATION; and he shall be
TORMENTED WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY ANGELS, AND
IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LAMB; And the smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up
for ever and ever; and they have NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT...”
THE HISTORICAL POSITION OF THE CHURCH
AS REVEALED BY ITS REPRESENTATIVES
(354-430, Bishop of Hippo): “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 punisheth more severely. Now HE
HATETH ALL WHO WORK INIQUITY: but all who speak lies He also destroys.”
(Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol.3, p.462)
WESLEY (1703-1791, founder of Methodism): “But as for the wicked, GOD
HATES THEM, and will feverishly punish them.” (Explanatory Notes Upon
the Old Testament, Vol.2, p.1639)
EDWARDS: “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,
G. FINNEY: “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)
DELITZSCH : “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)
H. SPURGEON: “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)
HOPKINS STRONG : “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)
VERNON MCGEE: “ 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)
BIBLE COMMENTARY: “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.”
HENRY’S COMMENTARY: “He is a holy God, and therefore HATES THEM (the
sinner), and cannot endure to look upon them; the wicked, and him that
loveth violence, HIS SOUL HATETH... Their pros-perity 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.”
INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY: “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...”
INTERPRETER’S BIBLE: “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.”
BIBLE COMMENTARY: “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 American evangelism today. Certainly,
God hates sin – about this there can be no equivocation.
And the Bible makes it plain that God loves the sinner.
But the Bible also states unambiguously, with striking frequency,
that GOD HATES SINNERS. The
Bible 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 love.
A Judge in a courtroom of justice rejoices to catch the criminals,
convict, and punish them. Is
it because he is unloving? No.
If he is loving, he will be glad the rapists, murderers, car
thieves, child molesters are sent to jail - for the greater good of
society. God hates sinners in
the same sense a Judge would hate criminals - for the greater good of
mankind! God hates sinners in
the same sense that He hates the devil - to promote the general welfare of
man. Not because God is
hateful, but because He is benevolent.
For the greater good of the universe, He will rid the earth of all
rebels and reign forever. It’s
best, it’s right, it’s the loving thing to do.
As long as sinners serve the devil by continuing their relentless
war against God, their Holy Maker hates, abhors, curses, detests, despises
them, and will ultimately destroy them in His wrath - because God is Love.
There is a sense in which God loves
all men unconditionally, sinners and saints, that is not at all
contradictory to the Biblical teaching of God’s hatred for sinners.
God loves the sinner in the sense that He is benevolent to them -
He wills their good. God
wills that all men repent and not perish (II Pet.3:9).
His disposition toward man is to show mercy - He is longsuffering,
He is slow to wrath and quick to forgive.
He does not send speedy judgment when we sin, but convicts us by
His Spirit and gives us time to consider our ways.
God’s unconditional love for mankind prompted Him to send Jesus
to die to motivate man to turn from sin to God, and to secure the
salvation of those who meet the terms of the covenant.
Most of the time the Bible speaks of God’s love, it is in the
context of Jesus death on the cross (John 3:16, Rom.5:8, I John 3:16).
This type of love for man is unconditional.
God’s benevolence for sinners is
not emotional drivel or sentimental feelings.
He does not accept sinners “just the way they are”; they must
repent (change) and believe in order to be accepted by Him (Acts 10:35).
He doesn’t love sinners the way that they want Him to: He does
not give them unconditional approval, unconditional acceptance,
unconditional forgiveness, or unconditional friendship.
He has unconditional love for the sinner, but he doesn’t like
The Bible also speaks of a love God
has for man that is CONDITIONAL. Hear
the Word of God:
Proverbs 8:17 “I LOVE THEM
THAT LOVE ME: and those that seek Me early shall find Me.”
John 14:21 “He that hath My
commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and HE THAT LOVETH
ME SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER, and I will love him, and will manifest
myself to him.”
John 14:23 “Jesus answered
and said unto him, IF A MAN LOVE ME, he will keep My words; AND MY FATHER
WILL LOVE HIM, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with
John 15:10 “IF ye keep My
commandments, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; even as I kept My Father’s
commandments and abide in His love.”
John 16:27 “For the FATHER
HIMSELF LOVETH YOU, BECAUSE YE HAVE LOVED ME, and have believed that I
came out from God.”
I John 2:15 “Love not the
world, neither the things in the world.
IF any man love the world, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM.”
God’s conditional love is the love
of complacency and friendship, such as the love a man would have for an
old, faithful comrade. God’s
conditional love is fellowship. We
enjoy this love only by responding in a loving way to the influence of His
unconditional love. “We
love Him because He first loved us.”
We cannot know God and His conditional love unless we cease to love
sin and He becomes our First Love.
Love by definition must be voluntary,
so God cannot force His love upon anybody.
That would not be benevolent - just as it would not be benevolent
for a man to “force” himself upon a woman.
God wants our love to be a free expression from our heart.
Only in this would He receive glory and be pleased.
God invites, persuades, pleads, and beckons man to leave his
idolatrous loves and worship and adore his Creator above all, to give God
pre-eminence in his life. If
man complies, God delights in him. Should
God delight in Hitler and Moses alike?
Should God be pleased with Judas Iscariot and John the Apostle the
same? As long as sinners
reject the love of God shown in the bloody cross of Christ, they cannot
receive God’s conditional love. As
long as they continue in their sins, they are at war with the Lawgiver,
and under the condemnation of His Law and wrath of His justice, God’s
love notwithstanding. Unless
they meet the terms of the covenant - fear God, repent, obey, love God
supremely - they are doomed to the fire of God’s Holy hatred and wrath
on Judgment Day!
The real question is not “Does God
love you?” but “Do you love God?”
Never did Jesus or any of His Apostles ever tell the lost
multitudes, “God loves you”. Never!
Rather, they told the multitudes of their duty to love God
supremely and love their neighbor equally - this is all the Law of God.
And if sinners would not keep God’s Law, they were warned of the
righteous judgments of God, so that they would fear Him.
In the book of Acts, our first example of Church evangelism, the
word “love” is not mentioned even once, while the fear of the Lord is
referred to ten times! What
is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom?
The Bible says it is THE FEAR OF THE LORD!
One cannot love God in the Biblical sense - benevolence,
good-willing, perfect submission - until He fears God!
This extra-Biblical, humanistic gospel that omits mention of
God’s wrath and condemnation, focuses on God’s love for sinners, and
provokes no godly repentance has quenched the conviction of the Holy
Spirit upon so many. The
rebels hear someone tell them, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan
for your life” and think it means God accepts them, or that God has good
feelings for them, or that God is pleased with them, and that is far from
the truth. God is Holy, and
does not accept them as they are - He hates them as they are!
God’s “plan” for them is eternal torment in the lake of fire
unless they repent and submit to God!
This “God-loves-you-unconditionally, false Gospel” should be
utterly forsaken for the Gospel message of the Bible!