Wednesday, October 31, 2007

7 Things God Hates

"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 the brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19

1) A Proud Look

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

"...God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:6b)

There are many things we can be proud of. Children, spouse, family, church, your Lord Jesus. But pride in yourself is what will get you in trouble. My friend and I recently classified a certain illness that seems to be getting more common every day. We call it: Fat Head Disorder, or FHD for short. People can contract FHD for a number of reasons: being promoted, being a supervisor, coming into a large sum of money, etc...

FHD is seen typically among bosses, rich people, famous people, sometimes Christians, even preachers and pastors are sometimes plagued with it, but pretty much anyone could develop it.. Some of the symptoms are: thinking you're smarter than everybody, not trusting anyone else's ability, having a short fuse (especially in matters that could affect your image), and ego so big it gives you back problems, a loud mouth, not willing to accept ANY criticism or advice, and in general- stupidness. I don't really feel sorry for people with FHD seeing as how it's mostly self inflicted. I do sometimes feel embarrassed for them though. They embarrass themselves! The Bible refers to them as: heady, highminded, brute beasts, proud, boasters.

One true mark of someone who is close to Jesus, is humbleness.

2) A Lying Tongue

Not much has to be said here. It's hard to find someone you can take at their word anymore. Satan is a liar from the beginning, and he's the father of lies.

3) Hands That Shed Innocent Blood

Really, just about any cold blooded murder is shedding innocent blood. Suicide bombers, terrorists, those who starve handicapped people in hospital beds to death. But mostly when I think of innocent blood, I think of infanticide, otherwise known as abortion. Our country allows over 4,000 unborn children to be murdered each day. Yet, we spend millions to send our troops overseas to fight an unseen enemy, and defend a part of the world that hates us and Israel, and in the process cause the innocent blood of our own soldiers to be shed, over something that happened 4 years ago and took less lives than America kills every single day. Do a study in your Bible sometime about "innocent blood" and see what God does to nations that participate in this. America has a lot of murdered babies to answer for. I don't understand why it's so hard to get the death penalty enforced for true criminals, but so easy to legalize baby murdering. But God bless the USA, right? We'll see.

4) An Heart That Deviseth Wicked Imaginations

Some people just try to think of ways to beat the system or cheat other people. There are so many scams out there today. Also, America is full of "inventors of evil things". If you can imagine it, it's possible.
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5) Feet That Be Swift In Running To Mischief

Some people just seem to thrive on causing trouble on the job, in the home, in churches. In short, they're adult brats, trouble makers.

6) A False Witness That Speaketh Lies

This includes: False teachers, False prophets, heretics, apostates, liberals, and perverted bible using preachers, or anybody who agrees with them. All other liars can be included here too.

7) He That Soweth Discord Among The Brethren

These are trouble makers inside the church, gossips, backbiters, etc...
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There used to be bunches of these in our church before I came there as pastor. Thankfully all of them left. Every now and then, some of them straggle back in. When I find out who they are, I always work something into a message about gossips, and busybodies, and the fact that it will not be tolerated. without fail these people have not come back after a message like that. I mean every single time it has worked. Good riddance, evidently tha's what they had in mind. We're better off without them in our midst. While God's labourers are sowing the seed of the Word, Satan's crowd is sowing seeds of dicord. I don't want to be part of trouble in a church, unless it onvolves standing for the truth.

Notice how many of these things have to do with our actions and the members of our body.

"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." (Romans 6:13)(also see v.19)

If God hates these things, can someone tell me, why it would be wrong for you and I to hate them too?

(Taken from Bro. Josh's Bible Thoughts)

1 comment:

Julie's Jewels said...

My husband is taking us verse by verse through the book of Proverbs in Sunday School and he dealt with this chapter this past Sunday. He spent a lot of time on these verses you are dealing with. I think people are naive and ignorant to know what things God HATES. They seem to think He hates the person that do these things...but He does not! He loves the person but hates the act or the things they do that are wicked and against Him!! Good post!!