Things Christians Must Hate
Some mistakenly believe that Christians must not hate at all! To
a degree, they are right! Christians are not to be hostile, cruel, unkind or
rude to others. To do so, is to be hateful, which violates plain passages of
scripture (Eph. 4:32; 1 Cor. 13:4; Col. 3:12-14; 2 Pet. 1:7).
Webster’s dictionary defines the word hate in the noun form as: “(1) a:
intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of
injury; b: extreme dislike or antipathy. (2) An object of hatred.”
The verb form of the word is defined this way: “(1) To feel extreme enmity
toward <hates his country's enemies> (2) To have a strong aversion to: find very
distasteful <hated to have to meet strangers> <hate hypocrisy>; intransitive
senses: to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility.”
But, what must a Christian hate? Let us go to God's Word to find out! Consider
(1) “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an
abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent
blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running
to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord
among brethren” (Prov. 6:16-19). To be Godly, we must hate these seven
things mentioned and cast them out of our own lives!
(2) The prophet Amos wrote, “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may
live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be
that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph”
(Amos 5:14, 15).
(3) The Psalmist David wrote, “Through thy precepts I get
understanding: therefore I hate every false way” (Psa. 119:104); “Therefore I
esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every
false way” (Psa. 119:128). The word of God forever establishes what is
evil and what is good; what is right and what is wrong. Man is not the standard
(cf. Isa. 55:8, 9).
(4) Concerning thoughts, the Psalmist wrote, “I hate vain thoughts:
but thy law do I love” (Psa. 119:113). Let our thoughts be as Paul
commanded where he said, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are
pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”
(5) “I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love”
(Psa.119:163). Of liars, the Apostle John wrote, “But the fearful, and
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers,
and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).
Numerous New Testament passages condemn lying (cf. Acts 5:1-11; Jn 8:44; Rom.
1:25; Col. 3:9; Rev 22:15). Unfortunately, there are more lies told in the
religious realm by false teachers than in any other real.
(6) “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy,
and the evil way, and the froward (perverted-tgm) mouth, do I hate” (Prov.
8:13). Consider the parable of the proud Pharisee of Luke 18:9-14 (cf. Matt.
18:1-6). Peter wrote, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the
elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves
therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Pet. 5:5-7).
Consider also James’ teaching on the tongue in James chapter 3.
(7) “And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his
neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith
the LORD” (Zech. 8:17). A Christian is to love his neighbor as Christ
taught the lawyer in the parable of the good Samaritan (Lk. 10:25-37). Also,
evil surmisings are condemned (cf. 1 Tim. 6:3, 4).
(8) “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all
workers of iniquity” (Psa. 5:5). Concerning the Son of God, the Hebrew
writer wrote, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above
thy fellows” (Heb. 1:9). Iniquity is lawlessness! Sin is the
transgression of God’s law (1 Jn. 3:4). All unrighteousness is sin (1 Jn. 5:17).
Iniquity, includes any and all religious error (Matt. 7:21-23).
(9) Of our loved ones and our own selves, Jesus taught, “He that
loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall
keep it unto life eternal” (Jn. 12:25). In Luke 14:26 Jesus also said,
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my
disciple.” The word hate in these passages has the meaning, to love
less. Hence, we must seek God first and lay aside our will and the will of those
so dear to us (cf. Lk. 10:27)!
(10) To the Church at Ephesus, John the revelator wrote, “But this
thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate”
(Rev. 2:6). What ever the “deeds of the Nicolaitanes” were, the
Apostle John revealed that the Lord hated their deeds as well! We must do only
righteous deeds and shun all evil deeds (cf. 1 Cor. 5:1-3; Col. 3:17; Jas. 1:25;
1 Jno 3:18, 19). Let us “hate the evil and love the good,” as God does!
Conclusion: Now, can a Christian hate? Yes! Must a Christian hate certain
things? Yea verily! We must hate all that the Lord hates and love all that He
loves in order to be His disciples!