“Do You Believe The Bible Or Church Tradition?” Or “Will You Believe The Bible or Church Tradition” or “Does God Love Everyone?”

“…”Thou hatest all workers of iniquity”  (Psalm 5)

“…[D]epart from [M]e, all you workers of iniquity.”   (Luke 13:27)

“…Esau, have I hated.”  (Malachi 1 & Romans 9)

 

 

What frightening words. These words are as true as they are frightening. The Words from Psalm 5 are spoken by none other than King David and the Words spoken in Luke 13 are uttered by Christ Jesus!!!  We learn from both these verses that there are workers of iniquity and both David and Christ have no love for them.  This truth flies in the face any church tradition and current day church teaching.  Church teaching and church tradition state that God loves everyone. But reader, this cannot be.

Before we move on to our explanation, that we believe is unassailable let us tell you why we should open this “can of worms” in the first place.  Some might wonder, doesn’t this writer know that this has the potential of causing trouble and even turning others on him?  Doesn’t he know that it may not be even necessary to bring this up? My answers are yes, yes, and no. My reason for opening this subject up is simple.  By demonstrating that God does not love everyone it will bring into focus the preciousness of the love of God for those that are loved by God.

Years ago I attended an awards banquet for a company I worked for. During the awards ceremony I realized that all the men that were in the same position I was received the exact same award as I did. The only difference was the person’s named.  The award had no value and no one stood out above anyone else.  You see, if God loves everyone His love is not a peculiar love or a precious love. Why are Christ-ians any different from non-Christ-ians. Church tradition states at this point that God’s love is different and that he doesn’t love sinners in the same way as He does Christ-ians.  This beloved, is too easy an answer and has been accepted for far too long.  While God is kind to sinners He does not love them. Scripture tells us that God allows the rain to fall on the gardens of the lost as well as the just. This is not love but kindness. Not all Christ-ians have gardens and they must purchase their foods from the unjust, therefore the rain that falls upon the gardens of the wicked are for the sake of Christ-ians.

Who are the workers of iniquity spoken of in Psalms 5 and Luke 13?  before I can answer this you must know that God knows who will and who will not come to Christ and believe and be saved.  Those who will never come to Christ and will never believe are workers of iniquity. These are those that God is said to hate and will send away into everlasting torment outside of His blessed Presence.  These are the persons that will live all of their lives in rebellion, hating God and His righteous standards.  How can anyone teach and believe that God loves these persons.  Is He kind to them? No doubt. Does He love them? No way.

Does God send those He loves to Hell? The answer should be simple. But this is where church will interject and say, God doesn’t “send” any one to Hell, it is the sinners choice. In Luke 13 is it not apparent that He sends them away? In Matthew 25, He sends them away as well! It is simple, if God loves everyone them He does send those He loves into ever lasting torment. Therefore since it is apporant to believe God will send those He loves to hell, He does not love everyone.

Another difficult doctrine for some to accept is whether or not Christ died on Calvary for everyone. The answer is simply, No, in no way did Christ dies for everyone at Calvary. If Christ bore the sin(s) of all persons at calvary why does He state to those in John 8, “You will die in your sins”?  Why does Stephen plead with God not to lay the charges of his murder against his murders if Christ died for their sins already?  Why does the threat of sin remain through out the New Testament if Christ paid for them at the Cross?

In the Book of Isaiah 53 it is written that Christ would bare the iniquity of “many” and not all? In Matthew and Mark when Christ is speaking of His Blood that will be shed, during the last Supper, He said it is shed for “Many” and not all. Readers, it is clear from Scripture that Christ shed His Blood for “many” and not all.  In John 10 when Christ speaks of laying His Life down He does so for His sheep and never the goats. In Matthew 25 it is clear that the goats are the workers of iniquity that must depart from Him. These goats are the same as Luke 13’s workers of iniquity as well as the workers of iniquity in Psalm 5!!!

Some questions to consider: Did God love Pharoah? For we are told that God hardened the heart of Pharoah and in Romans 9 we are told that God raised up this wicked man for the sole purpose of his destruction. How can anyone believe Pharoah was loved by God?  What about the “ites” of the Old Testament? The death of the “ites” were ordered by God. In many instances God ordered the death of all, including the elderly and the children and everyone in between.  How can these have been loved by God? What about the kings in the New Testament?  What about Herod who was eaten from the inside out by worms? Did God love him? What about Judas who was ordained to destruction in the Old Testament, Did God love him?  What about the angels that were ordained to fall with Lucifer, did God love them?

Reader, the above examples are only a very few that could be given but they should be more than enough to make the point for Scripture’s teaching on the love of God and its preciousness.

What should this accurate and sound teaching do for soul winner? If the above is true how can we say, “God loves you.” when witnessing? The answer is simple.  We cannot tell lost persons that “God loves you.”  No where in Scripture do we find any warrant for this? Scripture says, “Christ died for sinners”  but never for “you” until that “you” has become an “us” or a “we.”  It is true that Christ died for sinners but isn’t it clear from the above that these are sinners that will believe and come to Christ seeking His gift of salvation and not the “workers of iniquity” that will not ever come to Christ in belief?

The promise of eternal life is offered to those that will believe but never to individuals before belief is exercised in the work of Christ on their behalf.

In fact, the argument could be made that those who will come to Christ have always been the sons of God.  In Galatians 4:6 it is clear that the cause of God’s Spirit being sent into the hearts of some is due to their previous and eternal sonship, “and BECAUSE ye ARE [already] SONS, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts…”  In this remarkable passage we read that the “cause” of God sending forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts is because we “are” [present tense] His Sons [already…prior to receiving the Spirit!!!]. It is taught by the church that we receive the Spirit after becoming His Sons or that it is His Spirit that causes us to become His sons but Galatians 4:6 teaching differently.

In Ephesians 1:3-5; we are told that we are chosen and elect in Christ and this choosing and election took place before the foundation of the world. This election took place before the foundation of the world. It is not said that we will become the elect at some future date after making a choice to become elect. If that were true we are then the electors.  This teaching is to be found in Roman 8;  2 Thes. 2;  1 Peter 1; John 1, 6, 10;  Phil 1 and other Scriptures.

What about John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2?  Don’t these passages prove beyond doubt that God loves the world and that God loves the whole world? There are a number of definitions for the word, world.
1. The earth
2. the world system
3. “The World of the ungodly”
4. The World without qualification
5. …[F]or [T]hou wast slain, and hast redeemed US to God by [T]hy [B]lood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation…”

Which of the above fits our meaning?  Earth, itself? The world system, that lies in wickedness? The world of the ungodly?  If there is a world of the ungodly, would there be a “world of the godly?” The world without qualification meaning every person? or the definition given in number 5. This definition is from Revelation 5:9 and best fits out need. Therefore, “For God so loved us out of every kindred, out of every tongue, out of every people and out of every nation…”  In John 15 Christ says, He “called us out of the world.”  In John 17 Christ refuses to pray for the world and only for those that are given Him out of the world by the Father.

In 1 John 2:2, John says to his jewish readers that Christ died not for their sins only but for the sins of the whole [gentile] world.  The key to properly understanding this passage is 1. To whom is John writing and 2. To whom was John an Apostle? In Galatians Paul states that he is an Apostle to the gentiles while Peter, James and John would go to the Jews.  Therefore, in 1 John, the author, John is stating that Christ did not die for the sins of the jews only (as the jews thought) but for the sins of the whole world as in the gentiles.

You see, beloved readers, the truth of God’s Love is not a difficult doctrine to understand. It is most clear from Scripture that God loves those that will believe and does not love, but hates all workers of iniquity and as He hated Esau, “Esau, have I hated.”
What does it mean when we say God hates?  To answer this we must define wrath. God’s wrath is a release of God’s anger and fury upon the wicked.  Hate, however, is God’s opposition to unrighteousness and all iniquity. When God expands upon His hatred for Esau, He says, Esau/Edom will build and I will tear down. They will rebuild and I will destroy. They will build high in the mountains thinking they are beyond Me but I will again, destroy and tear down.

God is said to resist the proud. This could be re-stated as God hates the proud, as well.  The word, resist means to set in array against as in war. While there is certainly anger and emotion in God’s hatred, He is not contolled thereby as humans so often are.  God is not consumed with thoughts of revenge and hatred as we humans are for His ways are not our ways…

How can God tell us to love our enemies if He hates His? Again when we are told to love enemies it is not an emotional love or an affectionate love as one would have for friends and family. When God tells us to love our enemies it is more of a “be kind” to your enemies.  In Matthew 5 we see this love defined. We are to pray for enemies, bless our enemies, and to desire God’s kindness for them. But to have an affectionate love for them, No.  However, by treating our enemies in this fashion we may come to love them affectionately as they might come to love us as well and more importantly they may come to love God.

Reader, you have a choice to make. After reading the above argument concerning the preciousness of God’s love for those that will come to Him seeking His gifts of faith, mercy, grace and salvation, will you believe Scripture or will you stick to the teachings of others?

I have often pondered why it is that the church is so strict upon its teaching of an unqualified love of God for all.  Is this their attempt to “defend God?”  Is it so they can answer the tough questions like, “Why does God allow …”  or are they genuinely convinced of this unqualified love of God? or is it because it is what they have been taught to believe? or is it to make witnessing easier?

The world has fallen for this false teaching. Even unsaved sinners believe “God love everyone.”  Should this not give us reason enough to pause and rethink the current teaching on God’s love?

Is a proper understanding of this doctrine necessary? Yes and no.  Yes it is necessary to understand this doctrine if one is to be sound in their understanding and sound in their teaching and no not if one desires to keep the peace and keep teaching false doctrine. Can a saved person believe God loves everyone? Can a man be a good preacher if he is wrong on this doctrine? The answer to both the above questions is yes. Should this doctrine divide brethren? No.  If this doctrine threatens peace among the brethren shouldn’t it be contained? No! All major doctrine has at one point or another in church history been a divider or the brethren. Did not Christ’s teaching divide a nation and still divide?  Didn’t His blessed truths cost Him His Life at Calvary? The deity of Jesus Christ was a huge divider in the late 200’s. Justification by faith cost hundreds of thousands their lives in the 1500’s. The teaching on God’s requirements for the believer’s holiness has cost many a Bible teacher their ministry. Calvin’s defense (right or wrong) of the Lord’s Supper caused him to be exiled from his home and ministry. The Scriptures being translated into the people’s language caused Tyndale to be burned at the stake. Many, many of God’s beloved lost their lives for Scriptural and divine truth in the past and will again in the near future.

In closing, one other thought to ponder. If we love God because He first loved us, what about those that will never love Him? ( 1 John 4) Can it be said He loves them that love Him not if His love is the cause of love?

Godspeed

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