Every soul is precious to God! Sadly there are those who do not believe God loves everyone but has already elected to save a few. God loves all mankind and Jesus came to the earth in order to establish a plan of salvation for all mankind (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:7-11). On the other side, there are those believe God so loves them that He will tolerate any and all deviant behavior; e.g., homosexuality. One must understand that while God is love, God is also holy and expects us to be holy as well (Leviticus 19:2; Romans 12:1). Some are under the mistaken impression that God cannot love and hate at the same time. God loves sinners (we are all sinners, Romans 3:23), but He hates sin. Another mistake some make is, while they understand God can both love and hate at the same time, they believe God’s love will overrule His wrath toward those with unremitted sins and not condemn any to hell. Make no mistake—hell is a real place prepared by God to punish Satan and children of Satan (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15). Some
erroneously believe Satan’s dominion is Hell. It is not his dominion…it is his final destination! How does God separate the sin from the sinners? Jesus Christ is the only solution for reconciling our sins before a loving and holy God (Romans 5:9-11). Jesus stood in our place when He was crucified, laid in a tomb and resurrected. In order for us to be saved, we must unite ourselves with His death, burial and resurrection and the only way to do that is to replicate the process the way He has established—by immersion in water which is our unification with his death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:1-6).
In “Seven Things A Loving God Hates”, Webster begins with a thorough examination of the love of God. Then the writer moves to discuss several sins God hates based on Proverbs 6:17-19 which are a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. Each of these subjects receives an excellent treatment with illustrations, scriptures and sound reasoning. Especially pleasing is the treatment of “hands that shed innocent blood” as it relates to the holocaust in our nation—abortion. I find it truly troubling that people are willing to vote for a candidate who supports the slaughter of the most innocent. I do not understand how people who vote for a candidate who supports abortion will be able to stand before God and try to rationalize their vote with Matthew 18:1-10. Some who do not favor a candidate opposed to abortion cannot bring themselves to vote for them (because of other issues) and decide not to vote at all. One who refuses to vote in order to avoid voting for a candidate that is pro-life needs to understand this may lead to the same result—election of a pro-abortion candidate. For those of us who vote—it is our opportunity to speak out against this heinous action. I would want to have either not been involved in our election process ever, vote for a pro-life candidate, but I would never want to vote for a candidate that favored abortion ever. I have heard some state that abortion will be our next civil war. Perhaps. I think that may be true but only if abortion is outlawed in the land because there will be nothing to stop those who are bent on killing children in the womb from killing those who want to stop them.
The book goes on to show that Satan really enjoys creating chaos in the world…anything to keep us from the God who truly loves and desires to save us. The book ends with a rally for us to fortify ourselves with God’s love that we may be able to stand. This book is an excellent study. It includes excellent questions and points for discussion at the end of each chapter; which makes it valuable for Bible class study. It is both profitable and enjoyable. Do not miss this book, but please do share it with others.
Originally printed in West Virginia Christian, Vol. 19, No. 1, January 2012, p. 8. Reprinted by permission.