Sunday Morning 3/11/2012

Posted by Sherry


THE TRUTH ABOUT HATE & LOVE
John 3:15-20
CBC 3/11/2012 SM
One Hollywood actor made the statement that homosexuality was, “unnatural”...
That statement, according to the media is a statement of “hate”...
Is It?
In 2012 we are applying Biblical Thinking to current issues...
What does the Bible say about Hate & Love?
LOVE
John 3:15 In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may [b]not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
    16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([c]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
    17For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
    18He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation--he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ's name.]
    19The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.(B)
    20For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.
  • GOD LOVED (25 agapao) THE WORLD INCLUDING ITS INHABITANTS v16
    • greatly loved
    • dearly prized
    • proved His love by allowing His only Son to die on a cross
    • Jesus didn’t come the first time to pass judgment (that’s the 2nd time)
    • Jesus wants people to be safe & sound
    • Devil wants to steal, kill & destroy people
  • PEOPLE HAVE LOVED (25 agapao) THE DARKNESS v19
    • Darkness blinds
    • 1 Jn 2:11But he who hates (detests, despises) his brother [[a]in Christ] is in darkness and walking (living) in the dark; he is straying and does not perceive or know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
    • Blindness affects the heart/mind
    • Eph. 4:17So this I say and solemnly testify in [the name of] the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the heathen (the Gentiles) do in their perverseness [in the folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility] of their minds.
    •     18Their [a]moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded. [They are] alienated (estranged, self-banished) from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the ignorance (the want of knowledge and perception, the willful blindness) that is [b]deep-seated in them, due to their hardness of heart [to the insensitiveness of their moral nature].
    • Darkened hearts transform wise people into fools
    • Romans 1:21Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and [a]godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.
    •     22Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves].
    •     23And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.
    •     24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin],
    •     25Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it).(A)
    •     26For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one,
    •     27And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another--men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own [b]bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution.
    •     28And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,
    •     29Until they were filled (permeated and saturated) with every kind of unrighteousness, iniquity, grasping and covetous greed, and malice. [They were] full of envy and jealousy, murder, strife, deceit and treachery, ill will and cruel ways. [They were] secret backbiters and gossipers,
    •     30Slanderers, hateful to and hating God, full of insolence, arrogance, [and] boasting; inventors of new forms of evil, disobedient and undutiful to parents.
    •     31[They were] without understanding, conscienceless and faithless, heartless and loveless [and] merciless.
    •     32Though they are fully aware of God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them.
Is it a “Hate Crime” to call a sin a sin? NO
hate crime is a legal category used to describe a bias-motivated violence (assault, injury & murder) on the basis of certain personal characteristics: different appearance, color, nationality, language, religion, sexual preference
Is it “Hate Speech” to name particular sins in a sermon as they are listed in the Bible?
NO. In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group.
The Christian’s mandate, as will be seen in scripture, is to LOVE the individual, regardless of their choice of sin.
We are all sinners...
Romans 3:10As it is written, None is righteous, just and truthful and upright and conscientious, no, not one.
  • GOD HATES THE WORK OF THEM THAT TURN ASIDE FROM THE RIGHT PATH
Psalm 101:3I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me.
    • God hates every false way
    • Ps 119:104Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
    • God hates vain thoughts Ps 119:113
    • God hates lying Ps 119:163
    • God hates unhealthy pride (LGBT Pride) [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) or a Arrogant Prideful Preacher (It’s not the person, it’s the pride)!
    • God hates shedding of innocent blood (abortion, murder...)
    • God hates manufacturing of wicked thoughts and plans
    • God hates swift running to evil
    • God hates spreading discord among his church (Prov 6:16-19)
    • God hates evil, pride, arrogance, evil way, perverted & twisted speech Prov 8:13
    • God hates robbery & wrong with violence
    • God hates worship of fake gods
    • God hates empty ceremony Amos 5:21
    • He doesn’t single out any particular group...GOD HATES SIN, BUT LOVES SINNERS ENOUGH TO SEND HIS SON TO DIE FOR THEM
Romans 5:8But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
  • PEOPLE HATE JESUS, THE FATHER & THEIR FAMILY (CHRISTIANS WHO STAND FOR THE TRUTH)
John 15:20 Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.
    21But they will do all this to you [inflict all this suffering on you] because of [your bearing] My name and on My account, for they do not know or understand the One Who sent Me.
    22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin [would be blameless]; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
    23Whoever hates Me also hates My Father.
    24If I had not done (accomplished) among them the works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin. But [the fact is] now they have both seen [these works] and have hated both Me and My Father.
    25But [this is so] that the word written in their Law might be fulfilled, They hated Me without a cause.(A)
    26But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.
    27But you also will testify and be My witnesses, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
CONCL:
Psalm 34:21 Evil shall cause the death of the wicked; and they who hate the just and righteous shall be held guilty and shall be condemned.
* Christians have a “commission” to reach them with the “Good News” that God loves them & Jesus died for them & they can be transformed.(not die wicked & condemned)
Psalm 97:10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil; He preserves the lives of His saints (the children of God), He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
HATE EVIL, NOT PEOPLE
Matt. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  • Do we hate those who hate us? NO. Our instructions are to:
    • Love
    • Bless
    • Do good
    • Pray for
We hate the sin, evil & those things that make people fools, but we love the person.

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