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Here Is An Example of A God-Hater (Romans 3:10-18)

Here is a video from brother Tony Miano preaching outside of an abortion clinic in Portland, Oregon.  A guy walks up and attempts to “preach” to Tony and shows his hatred for God (Whom he claims does not exist).  This video resembles so many people today who love their sins, love the gods they have created whether their minds or some other false god.  This is why we must preach the true gospel of repentance (Acts 2:38-39; 3:19-20; 17:30-31).  The gospel can turn God-haters into God-worshipers.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/07/2013 at 11:09 AM

We Shall Be Hated For Preaching “Jesus Alone Saves”

John 15:18-25 reads:

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’”

Powerful words from our Lord.  His point is clear: we will be hated because of His name.  The ESV Study Bible’s notes on these verses are worth reading:

Jesus declares that the Jews’ hatred of him fulfills OT Scripture, specifically Ps. 69:4 (cf. Ps. 35:19; also note on Isa. 6:9–10). This Davidic psalm depicts the figure of a righteous sufferer who is zealous for God but is persecuted by God’s enemies for no good reason. Thus Jesus found a precedent for his enemies’ hatred toward him in the antagonism encountered by David. Without a cause reminds believers that hatred and persecution against Jesus and his followers is often not because of any wrong that they have done but simply because of irrational evil in the hearts of the persecutors.

And this is the case with those who hate us who proclaim Christ today.  The irrational evil in the hearts of people is what leads them to hate disciples of Christ who are preaching that Jesus alone saves.  Our proclamation is often attacked, hated, despised, and even preached against by the cults and other false religions.  People despise the idea that Jesus alone saves.  They want to believe that they can save themselves, that God is not a God of just wrath against sin, that all religions are equal and all roads lead to heaven.  People refuse to believe the gospel because the gospel destroys people’s pride and forces them to see that they are sinners who cannot save themselves apart from the mercy and grace of God (Galatians 2:15-16).

I am convinced more than ever that people do not love God.  They do not love His gospel.  They hate it.  Religious people especially hate the notion that salvation is by grace through faith and apart from works.  We want to add our part whether it be our church membership or our works or our moral goodness (in our estimation at least) but we refuse to submit to Christ alone for forgiveness.  Surely, we must add something to this salvation is the thought process.  The gospel hurts though our pride as we read passages such as John 1:12-13; 6:29; 20:31; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 15:11; 16:14-15, 30-34; Romans 2:4; 3:21-31; 4-5; etc.  As 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 so powerfully puts it:

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/22/2013 at 6:18 PM

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