mikehill4jesus “God loathes the wicked with infinite loathing!”
24th September 2016 (15.37) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
noun: loathing; plural noun: loathing’s
a feeling of intense dislike or disgust; hatred.
“the thought filled him with loathing”
Be clear, that when I pass on the teachings of the Lord Jesus, I aim them at both the Wicked and and the Victims of Wickedness. So I seek to warn and encourage everybody. I realise that much of the current teachings are “Unpleasant Truths”.
Being a Christian does not change God’s position regarding your continuing wickedness
God is angry with the wicked!
God is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every day.
There are Righteous Christians and there are Unrighteous Christians: There are the born again Christians, spiritually converted, as clearly described by the Lord Jesus in John 14:23 and elsewhere. There are the unconverted Christians as described by the Lord Jesus in John 14:24 and elsewhere.
So it’s profitable to discuss this subject, “God loathes the wicked with infinite loathing!”
This is what Charles Finney said on the subject, and the Lord Jesus and others disciples in the Holy Bible also taught this. So there is no excuse for Christian Evildoers who have had 2000+ years to study this teaching.
The REASONS of God’s anger against the wicked next demand our attention. His anger is never excited without good reasons. Causeless anger is always sinful. “Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause is in danger of the judgment.” God never Himself violates his own laws–founded as they are in infinite right and justice. Hence God’s anger always has good reasons.
Good reasons exist for his anger, and he is angry for those reasons. It is not uncommon for persons to be angry, under circumstances too, which are good reasons for anger, but still they are not angry for those good reasons, but for other reasons which are not good. For example, every sinner has good reasons for being angry with every other sinner for his wickedness against God. But sinners are not angry against other sinners for those reasons. Although these reasons actually exist, yet when angry at sinners, it is not for these good reasons, but for some selfish reasons which are not good. This is a common case. You see persons angry, and if you reprove them for their anger as sinful, they seek to justify themselves by affirming that they are angry with the man for his sins–for his wrong-doing against God. Now this is indeed a good and sufficient reason for anger, and the justification would be a good one if the anger were really excited by this cause. But often, although this reason exists, and is pleaded by the man as his excuse for anger, yet it is no excuse, for in fact he is not angry for this cause, but has some selfish reason for his anger. Not so with God. God is angry with the wicked not irrespective of his sins, but for his sins.
1. Wicked men are entirely unreasonable. Their conduct is at war with all reason and with all right. God has given them intelligence and conscience; but they act in opposition to both. God has given them a pure and good law, yet this they recklessly violate. Hence their conduct is in every point of view utterly unreasonable.
Now we all know that by a fixed law of our being nothing can be a greater temptation to anger than to see persons act unreasonably. This is one of the greatest trials that can occur, and one of the strongest incentives to anger. So when God looks at the unreasonable conduct of sinners he feels the strongest indignation and displeasure. If they were not rational beings endowed with reason, no anger would be awakened and called forth; but since God knows them to be endowed with reason and to be capable of true and noble-hearted obedience, he cannot fail of being displeased with their transgression.
2. The course of the wicked is utterly ruinous. No thanks to the sinner if his influence does not ruin the whole world. By the very laws of mind, the sin of any one man tends to influence other men to sin, and they spread far and wide the dreadful contagion of his example. It may truly be said that the sinner does the worst thing possible to him to ruin the universe. He sets the example of rebellion against the supreme government of all worlds. And what influence can be more potent than that of example? What worse thing therefore can the sinner do to destroy all good than he is doing by his sin? No thanks to him if every man who sees his sin does not imitate it to his own ruin, and throw the power of his own example broad-cast over all his associates. No thanks to any sinner if his own influence for ruin does not run like fire on the prairies over all the world, and then over every other world of moral beings in the universe of God.
Think of the father of a family, living in his sins and exerting his great influence over his household to make them all as wicked as himself. Who can estimate the power of his influence over his wife and his children? Does he pray with them and seek to lead them to God? No; his example is prayerless. It proclaims every day to his family–“You have no occasion at all to pray. You see I can live without prayer.” Does he read the Bible to them or with them? No; his constant example before them sets the Bible at naught, and continually suggests that they will be as well off without reading the Bible as with. His whole influence therefore is ruinous to the souls of his family. No thanks to him if they do not all go down to hell along with himself. If they do not scream around him with yells of mingled imprecation and despair, cursing him as the guilty author of their ruin, he will have other agencies to thank besides his own. Surely he has done what he well could do to secure results so dreadful as these. Has not God good reasons to be angry with him? Why not? Would not you feel that you have good reasons to be angry with a man who should come into your family to destroy its peace–to seduce your wife and daughters, and to entice your sons into some pathway of crime and ruin? Certainly you would. Now do not all families belong to God in a far higher sense than any man’s family belong to him? Why then has not God as good reasons for anger against a wicked father as you could have against a villain who should plot and seek to effect the mischief and ruin of your family? Is it wonderful to you that God should be angry with every wicked father? Just consider what that father is doing by his bare example–even supposing that his words are well-guarded and not particularly liable to objection. Who does not know that example is the very highest and strongest moral power? It does not need the help of teaching to make its power felt for terrible mischief. The prayerless husband and father! The devil could not do worse–nay, more, not so bad, for the devil never had mercy offered him–never stood related as this wicked father does, to offered pardon and to the glorious gospel. If then God would have good reason to be angry at the devil, much more has he for anger against this wicked father.
The same substantially is true of other classes of sinners. It is essential to their very course as sinners, that they are in rebellion against God, and are doing the very worst thing in the universe by drawing other moral beings into sin.
Again, God is so good and sinners are so wicked, He can not help being angry at them. If He were not angry at the wicked, He would be as much worse than they as He is wiser than they. Since in his wisdom and knowledge He knows more fully than they do, the great evil of sin; by so much the more is He under obligation to be displeased with sin and angry at the sinner. We sometimes hear men say, “God is too good to be angry at sinners.” What do men mean by this language? Do they mean that God is too good to be opposed to all evil–too good to be displeased with all evil-doers? This were indeed a strange goodness! God too good to hate sin–too good to oppose sinners! What sort of goodness can this be?
I have sometimes heard men say that if God should be angry with sinners, He would be as bad as the devil himself. Now this is not only horrible language on the score of its blasphemy; but it is monstrous absurdity on the score of its logic. The amount of its logic is that God would be Himself wicked if He should be displeased at wickedness. So wrong it must be to hate the wrong-doer!! Pray who is it that holds such doctrine? Is it not possible that they feel some interest in sustaining wrong-doers even against God Himself.
Really there is no force, no plausibility even, in this language about the wrong of God’s being angry at sinners, except what arises from misconceiving and misrepresenting the true idea of the divine anger in this case. If God’s anger were in itself sinful–as is the case often with man’s anger–then of course, nothing more can be said in its vindication. But since his anger is never sinful, never selfish, never malicious, never unholy or wrong in any degree whatever, nothing can be more false, nothing more sophistical, nothing more ungenerous and vile and Satanic than to imply that it is. But this is just what men do when they say that for God to be angry at sinners is to be Himself wicked.
The true view of this case is not by any means abstruse or difficult of apprehension. Who does not know that good men are by virtue of their goodness opposed to wicked men? Surely all wicked men know this well enough. Else why the fear they have of good and law-abiding men? Why do all horse-thieves and counterfeiters keep dark from good men–dread their presence–commonly feel a strong dislike to them and always dread their influence as hostile to their own wicked schemes?
So wicked men feel towards God. They know that his goodness places Him in hostile array against themselves. This fact seems to be implied in the Psalmist’s expostulation–“Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? The goodness of God endureth continually.” God is always good; how can you be proud of your wickedness? God is too good and too constantly good to afford you any scope for sin–any ground of hope for peace with him in your iniquity.
So, where does that place Christians’ who consistently do evil and make excuses for it?
Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Does this sound like an Angry Lord Jesus Christ? It sure does!
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
This is an important subject “God is angry with the wicked!” and I will continue it in my next Blog.
Many professing Christians who do wicked things are calling God a Liar, in that he allows us to break Moral Law!
Matthew 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Here are a list of Commands in the Holy Bible that we are told to obey!
This is what God says!
John 14:24 Anyone who does NOT love me [the Lord Jesus] will NOT obey my teaching.
It is the Devil that causes the unconverted Professing Christians to believe that a person can have one foot on the Broad Road and one foot on the Narrow Road. But then he always tells lies for he can do nothing else as there is no TRUTH in him.
DESPITE 39 YEARS OF WITNESSING FOR JESUS, I DO NOT HAVE ANY CHRISTIAN FRIENDS
Do they distance themselves from me because they know they are sinners and do not want to face God who lives with me?
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
The Gospel of Jesus that many Christian Leaders need to use.
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit without which we are just playing at Christianity.
My Tribute to the Rev Ken and Jean Newton, once of Wholeness Ministries International in Southport, Nr Brisbane, Australia.