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Addressing "Hate"
You may also wish to reference:
Hate Crimes Legislation &  Christian Response to Gay Marriage & Judging and Reproof

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints;
he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalms 97:10

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance,
and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate. Proverbs 8:13

 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21


Who hates who?

How often do you hear Christians being accused of bigotry and hate? Yet isn't this worldly claim itself dressed in bigotry and hate against Christians and their faith? Consider the verbal attacks on General Pace and Coach Dungy for their stance on homosexuality and marriage.

What do you hear when Judeo-Christian parents object to their children being taught that homosexuality is "normal?" What is said when Judeo-Christians ask why the health risks associated with this "alternative lifestyle" are not taught as well? What is the intent of Discovery Channel and the likes of Bill Maher, Rosie O'Donnell, Elton John, and Walter Cronkite in their anti-Christian rhetoric?

“Hate is Not a Crime” – Unless Directed at a Muslim or Homosexual by Dave Jolly - ...law and ones passed by the United Nations are now being broadly used to silence anyone who just criticizes homosexuality without committing any kind of crime, violent or not.  Christian ministers who stand in the pulpit and preach what the Bible says about homosexuality are being accused of hate crimes based solely on what they said.  In the public schools, children are being reprimanded and sometimes accused of hate crimes for speaking out against homosexuality and that the Bible says it’s a sin. The same holds true with Islam.  In many places, including public schools and workplaces, a person can get in serious trouble for saying anything against Islam.
   ...Yet how often do we hear about teachers at all grades openly criticize Christians and student who believe in biblical creation.  I’ve spoken to high school and college students who have had their teachers call them stupid, backwards, and even mentally ill for believing what the Bible teaches.  Nothing is ever done to these people who profane Jesus and Bible. I have yet to hear of anyone being accused or punished for saying anything against Christianity.  I’ve heard people, including teachers use profanity and blasphemy when speaking of Jesus, God and the Bible, and nothing ever happens to them.  But utter one word against homosexuality and Muslims and you are instantly guilty of hate crimes.  

To appreciate the view of EarsToHear.net, please review the following Scriptures:

 

Matthew 5:11“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”

 

Colossians 4:5-6 - "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."

 

1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

2 Timothy 2:15-19 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

 

Titus 3:9-11 - But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-4:4 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

 

Luke 11:52 - Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.

 

Isaiah 5:20 - Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

Now to address the abnormal sexual practices that deviate from “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” the basic premise of God’s favored design, of marriage between one man and one woman and family, that provides for a civil foundation. This civil foundation has been undermined.

 

"Destroy the family, and the society will collapse." --Nikolai Lenin

 

Yes, there is sexual deviation with “straight people,” but again it is due to self-centered selfishness and satisfying immoral desires. Yes, divorce is rampant, but does not provide an excuse for other deviations “that go against nature” and are “without excuse.” (Romans 1). So how does God revere His favored design?

 

Hebrews 11:3: “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

 

EarsToHear.net also offers these related wisdom challenges:

 

What is YOUR foundation? http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/WhatIsYourFoundation.html

Same-Sex? http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/samesex.html and

"Against Nature" & "Without Excuse": http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/Romans1.html

 

To further address the false claim of “hate and intolerance,” which is a tactic to deflect the guilt of sin, let it be known that, as it is with the Lord it is with Bible believing Christians: 

 

2 Peter 3:9 : “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

 

As people repent and came to accept the Blood of Jesus was shed for us, we pray also that none “perish.”  If that is “hateful and intolerant” in your view, then perhaps this response is in vain, as the above Scripture warned.

 

Christ proclaimed, that “everyone that does evil hates the Light.” So, who are the people who are truly “hateful and intolerant?” Those who “reprove the world of sin?”

 

Most have seen John 3:16 posted quite a bit, but probably not what Jesus said in the same breath…

 

John 3:16-21 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

The fallacy of “do not judge” has also duped many, including many Christians under the pretense of offending, but Christians who keep from “reproving the world of sin” are not honoring what their Lord has called them as ambassadors to do. See the EarsToHear.net page on “Judging and Reproof:” http://www.earstohear.net/Kingdom/judging.html

 

Jesus, Matthew 7:13-21: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. “

 


The difference between worldly wisdom & spiritual wisdom

"If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." John 15:18-19

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 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; Matthew 5:43-44

"But God commends his love (agape) toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) As Christians. we are to know no man after the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:16), as Christ did while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), for we are born again of spirit, not flesh. "The spirit of the man is the candle of the Lord, searching the inward parts of the belly." (Proverbs 20:27) - (See Trinity.)

Thus, Christians, who have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:10-16, Philippians 2:5), have compassion on the sinner while hating the sin. The natural man cannot grasp this. We judge no one, but discern and judge sin according to the Word of God.  (Hebrews 4:12-13)

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalms 97:10)

"Agape" love, or God's love cannot be grasped by the natural man. It can only be understood by the spiritual man, one who abides in Christ and Christ in him. (1 Corinthians Chapters 1 & 2, John 15)

Example: What has been the result of defiling the marriage bed? Broken relationships and disease, and this is not limited to same-sex relationships. Why, because it violates God's design and we reap what we sow. Homosexuals carry this further by also going "against nature." Romans 1:18-32

Why did Thomas Jefferson deem it necessary in the opening paragraph of America's founding document, to define that  "unalienable Rights" were to be "entitled" only in they DID NOT violate "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God?" And now, are these opening two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence now to be considered void? (http://www.earstohear.net/Heritage/foundation.html)

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Hebrews 2:14

He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

"But God commends his love (agape) toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5

Paul depicted the homosexual results "which is against nature." Many facets of this lifestyle "without excuse" include "foolish hearts darkened, reprobate mind, uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves, vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:18-32 (Sound familar?)


Without a History, Every Generation Starts Over

Thomas Jefferson warned: "The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch."  And "It is not honorable to take mere legal advantage, when it happens to be contrary to justice." Yet judges are now redefining marriage, allowing children being taught that that which "goes against nature" (Romans 1) is normal, while outlawing prayer and the Ten Commandments. It begs to ask, what the real "hate crime" is? Is it calling faith-based parents bigots because they choose to hold morality as a high ideal in raising their children and declare homosexuality a sin?

"Unalienable rights" are "entitled" if they do not violate "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" which establishes the boundaries and rules for America's Laws as James Madison, the Author of the U.S. Constitution exclaimed. This is the same as where athletes are "entitled" to play according to the boundaries and rules of their sport. Otherwise there would be chaos. Civil Rights and Liberties are "entitled" by "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Yet marriage is being redefined and schools are now teaching our children that "that which goes against nature" (Romans 1) is now normal, in direct opposition to parents of Judeo-Christian faiths. What then is the real "hate crime?" Being out of the boundaries of "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," as is same-sex unions and marriage, depicts the chaos in the facts and health consequences of that lifestyle. How is it secular liberals applaud (albeit misrepresent) Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Baptists, while ignoring his opening paragraph of America's founding document? Why do secular liberals also avoid this reference to Jefferson? "That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." Thomas Jefferson (Rights of British America, 1774) Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (121)

What Would Jesus Say? By Justin Darr April 19, 2005 "Slippery Slope" reasoning is the belief that small, seemingly harmless, decisions can set precedents for much larger, radical, and unpopular decisions to come. Liberals hate "slippery slope" debates, largely because they have to acknowledge that leveraging small "slippery slope" issues through the activist judiciary system is their only real hope of cramming the radical heart of their agenda down America's throat. For example, what started as not having children pray in public schools has now led to the systematic banning of all Christian values from the public education system. Like building a wall of intolerance and oppression toward traditional values, liberals have over the years added one brick upon another, one small decision upon another with which we might not agree but seems fair at the time, until today where our traditional faith and values are truly at risk. Christianity has been the main stumbling block to the complete success of the liberal agenda. Christians, and their nasty habit of voting all the time, has put the left on notice that unless they so something their ideal of creating a Godless, Socialist Utopia is doomed to failure. (http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/guest/2005/jd_04191.shtml)

Among those who have been deceived (Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools), include the mainstream media, secular liberal politicians (even those who may claim to be Christian), public school administrators, most college professors, and most disturbingly judges. They appear to have subscribed to the misguided ploy that the new redefined "politically correct" definitions of words like discrimination, tolerance, diversity, hate, fear, and bigotry, which falsely target Judeo-Christian faiths in an attempt to discredit and diminish those faiths using deception which is also disturbingly aided and abetted by Judeo-Christian apathy. These are those whom the Scriptures refer to as having a reprobate mind and used hidden things of dishonesty, walking in craftiness, and handling the word of God deceitfully have fooled many under the guise of "rights, safety, and bullying." Yet many considered wise in this world have succumbed lock, stock, and barrel and are now promoting that which is evil. What then is the real "hate crime?"


Christian Stance

Jesus stated: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that doesn't believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that is truthful comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:17-21

So who hates who?

"Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you." 1 John 3:17

"If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." John 15:18-19

"They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God: he that knows God hears us. Hereby we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." 1 John 4:5-6

For more see: http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/liberals.html


The Choice You Make

Do you side with the ACLU in their assaults against organizations like the Boy Scouts and Salvation Army? Do you also hope in the name of liberally defined selective diversity and selective tolerance, quoting Scripture when reproving sin, will be outlawed as a "hate crime" leading to arrest and prison?

With the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), these ultra-liberals will destroy the American family, traditional marriage, and make Biblical morality a crime, obsolete the First and Second Amendment, strip the rights of parents, taxpayers, and business owners. In other words, they want COMPLETE control over you and your thoughts, your child's teacher could be a member of the National Man-Boy Love Association, you will be FORCED to attend "diversity training" where you work and told standing up for you Biblical principles is a "hate crime" and your beliefs are "bigoted and homophobic."  And then, onto the United Nations New World (Dis)Order. What kind of America do you want to leave your descendants? What kind of America will these ultra-liberals leave? What are YOU going to do about it? (Deception + Coercion +Apathy = The Fall of America)

Democrats continue to support abortions, (40+ million babies killed since 1973) under the direction of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, etc. Liberals also support the ACLU and their continued deceptive attacks against Christian civil rights in order to provide "special, unequal rights." Liberals are attempting to change the basic fundamental make-up of America by distorting "freedom" to mean freedom from morality, and allowing the ever increasing incidences of child molestation's from homosexual pedophiles, and pornographic influence to continue, unchecked. The strongest proponents of the homosexual agenda in America happen to be liberals. They have supported the cause since the early days of the movement in the 1970s.  They claim it is the only "compassionate" position to take -- but Peter LaBarbera of the Culture and Family Institute says he has never understood the idea that being "pro-gay" is being compassionate.  He explains that every week, homosexual newspapers carry the obituaries of homosexual men who have died in their 30s, 40s, and 50s -- "the prime of their life," he says.  LaBarbera wonders why it would considered "compassionate" to affirm the very behavior that is causing those men to die young as a result of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Drug and alcohol abuse, depression and suicide, and STDs are rampant within the homosexual community. AgapePress News Summary (June 20, 2003)

Democrats & "Special interest groups" - Labor Union Bosses and Teacher Union Leaders with forced union dues, abortionists such as NARAL, Planned Parenthood, NOW, etc., the liberal biased News Media, Universities and Liberal Professors, and Hollywood Elites. Democrats are also supported by faith-based haters such as the ACLU, Liberal Justices, and the United Nations. "Special interest groups today have a virtual stranglehold on the Democrat Party. The party of Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy has strayed so far from its roots, that in order to win the party's presidential nomination in the 21st century, a Democrat candidate must sell his soul to the labor unions, the abortionists, the trial lawyers, the radical environmentalists, and the gay rights activists. Together, these groups provide the money and the foot soldiers for every major candidate running under the Democrat banner. Buck any one of them, and the sledding gets extremely rough. Buck any two of them and you are dead meat. If John F. Kennedy... was alive today and held to the positions he had when he was that party's presidential candidate in the 1960s, he would not stand a snowball's chance of winning the Democrat nomination. He would have to run as a Republican. That's how far left the Democrat Party has shifted over the past 40 years... Democrats have sold their souls for campaign money." Bill Sizemore -- The Federalist Brief 04-21


What new wisdom do secular progressives employ?

What is their foundation? How do they determine rules and boundaries if not by "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God?" What is their basis for determining laws and rights?

Christian Apologist Responds to Culture's Most Popular Arguments for Homosexuality BY STOYAN ZAIMOV - Bringing up pop culture entertainment that seemingly embraces homosexuality, such as the music of Lady Gaga and the TV show "Glee," he noted that people are bombarded with the issue on a daily basis. "Unless you live under a rock, you are probably affected by this issue in one way or another," the apologist noted, observing that ideas are usually absorbed into culture.

   ...Tackling such cultural perceptions, Tucker presented a quote from a previous issue of Parenting Teens Magazine, which looked at some of the reasons people leave the church: "Unfortunately, Christianity is often equated with bigotry, racism, homophobia, and sexism. Today's generation wants nothing to do with that brand of faith."

   The apologist used several examples from nature to illustrate that reality is objective and that everyone lives in the same reality. He explained that an apple will always be an apple and not an orange, and that eyes will always serve for seeing, not hearing. As to how this relates to moral goodness, he offered as an example an alcoholic person, who is causing damage to his or her self by drinking, even in a scenario in which it doesn't affect someone else. "Reason tells us objectively what is actually good for us. The rational person will pursue what is actually good for them, even if that is opposed to their feelings or what they desire."

   He then moved into the specifics of sex, noting that it's "undeniable" that the biological purpose of sex is procreation. "Sex wouldn't exist if it wasn't for procreation," Tucker noted, and added that the second purpose for sex is an emotional one, "for unity between husband and wife." The apologist argued that the purposes are connected, so that they facilitate an "emotional bond between husband and wife to raise children."  

   Going back to cultural views of arguments against homosexuality, Tucker offered a statement that many non-Christians accuse Christians of: "You're just an intolerant, homophobic, hate-filled bigot." He broke down each of the accusations, noting that "we only tolerate things with which we disagree." "Real tolerance is 'we have a disagreement, but I respect the right to your opinion.' But tolerance presupposes that we disagree. All people are equal, but ideas are not. We can't judge people, but we can judge ideas." "So homophobia itself – being scared of gay people, or bullying – yeah, it's wrong. But disagreement does not necessarily mean fear or hatred," he continued. "And I am offering a reasonable argument for my view – you may disagree, and that's fine, but I'm not being a bigot."

   As for the argument that people are born gay, Tucker insisted that debating whether or not homosexuality has a genetic component is completely irrelevant, and brought the session attendees back to the example of alcoholism.  

 


Thoughts to Consider

"Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God. ... Let it be known that...liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments."  John Adams

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Abraham Lincoln

John F. Kennedy - In his inaugural address, he said: "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country...Let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own. There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." Also: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."- In a speech to have been given November 22, 1963 These words were written by President John F. Kennedy that was to be delivered in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy never delivered the speech, but his written thoughts remain. "We in this country, in this generation, are by destiny rather than choice the watchman on the walls of world freedom. We ask therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men. That must always be our goal. For as was written long ago, 'Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'"  (Unlike his brother.)


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