Summary: God is a God of love, but that is just the positive side. He hates 1. abortion 2. homosexuality 3. rebellion
“Three Things God Hates”
November 23, 2008
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’
I love to preach about the love of God. I love to tell you how special you are to God and how much He delights in you. I love to tell you the wonderful plans He has for you and I love to share with you the glory of heaven and our future. The Bible does say that God is love. But it also says that God hates. If anyone loves something – he has to hate the opposite of that thing he loves. And the bible is very clear in revealing that God hates, despises, and abhors some things. He is a God of love – but He is also a consuming fire. He is a God of rewards – but He is also a God of punishment. We need to understand both and recognize both sides. To just see the loving side of God is to have a false concept of God. So this morning I am going to tell you how much God loves you. We are going to talk about that – but first I must share with you three things God hates.
Hate by definition is to dislike immensely or passionately. The result of hate is separation. If you hate carrots – you separate them from yourself. If you hate someone – you may avoid them. Some people even kill the ones they hate. We need to understand that God hates with a ‘holy’ hate. He is pure in all He does. He is good in all He does. So what does this pure and holy and good God hate?
First of all, God hates abortion. God’s Word says,
“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter ... Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…”
“You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.” Deut 12:31
In this day and age, people did not have the pill or the different kinds of birth control we have to day. So they developed, as part of their religious practice to their gods, the sacrificing of their babes in fire. It was a horrible, perverse ritual. But it was population control. I won’t take the time to talk about the horrible things they did to their babies. You can investigate it for yourself, if you wish. But I do want to point out that the newborn and even older children were sacrificed and killed in that culture. And I want to remind you that we make them look like piker’s by comparison. We kill over a million babies a year in the United States alone. Many of them are late term and killed in a horrible way. If you are not familiar with the process – go to www.silentscream.com and see what abortion entails.
Propones of abortion say, “It’s not a human. It’s a fetus. It’s just tissue.” That reminds me of how the military get soldiers to kill. They dehumanize the enemy. In WWI they called the enemy “Jerries”; in WWII, Japs or zips or frogs; in Viet Nam, it was gooks, slant eyes and other uncomplimentary names. It is not natural for people to kill one another – so we dehumanize the ones we kill. But babes are babies are babies. You are human from conception to death.
What does God’s Word have to say about this? Let’s take a look.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
God is telling Jeremiah that He mattered, that God had plans for Him before He was even born. David said,
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16