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Re: Hatred of Falsehood

"Through Your Precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false 
way." (Ps119:104)

"I hate the double-minded, but I love Your Law." (Ps119:113)

"Therefore all Your Precepts have been esteemed upright; I have hated 
every false way." (Ps119:128)

"I have hated and abhor lying, but I love Your Law." (Ps119:163)

There is an aspect of christendom that proclaims a doctrine of "luuuuv". 
They proclaim "God is a God of luuuv". How should christians behave? 
They should love one another. A person should be full of "love in their 
heart". And if somebody is gung-ho for God, they will often be 
criticized for their "hate speech"; having quoted at them, "..speaking 
the truth IN LOVE" (Eph4:15); translation: Water down the truth and only 
address those things that are 'positive'; translation: don't be tearing 
down with such negativity, but build up with positive thoughts and 
encouragement.

But notice how much the psalmist -hates-. And notice the object of his 
hatred: lying and falsehood. His son the preacher proclaims: "Lying lips 
are an abomination to Jehovah, but those who deal in faithfulness are 
His delight." (Pr12:22) 

Why should this be so? It is a matter of definitions. What is the 
definition of Jesus Christ? Jesus proclaims, "I am...the Truth.." 
(Jn14:6) And what is satan's characteristic?  Satan "..is a liar and the 
father of it" (Jn8:44b)

When God proclaims to Moses "I AM THAT I AM" (Ex3:14) is that not a 
proclamation of truth? ...by definition, at the most basic level. Like 
that expression: That which is, is; and that which is not, is not. 
People who live lives of lies (like our former president) even wrestle 
with this most basic of concepts, wrangling words about what the 
"definition of the word -is- is". The word "is" is a basic word of 
-truth-. If, for example, an apple were sitting on a table, a basic 
statement of truth would be: that -is- an apple.

God -is-. Truth. Satan can only attempt to be "like the Most High". 
(Is14:14) So he has created many counterfeits to make himself appear as 
an "angel of light" and his ministers appear "as ministers of 
righteousness" (2Co11:14-15); and he deceives through his followers who 
boast, pretending to be "apostles of Christ". (vs12-13)  This very fact 
has created a climate of "double-mindedness". People hear traditions 
purporting to be based on God's Word, and follow the leadings of the 
false prophets who promote them, thinking they are following the Truth 
because it has the label "Christian"; but it is the lie. And if given a 
choice between God's Word, or some famous person's book claiming to 
'explain' the Bible, they choose...NOT the Bible. They are 
double-minded: claiming to belong to Jesus Christ, but following satan.

And to further the deception, what do the false teachers exhort 
Christians to do about their attitude towards the willfully wayward? 
"Love-on them!"

But...
What did the psalmist say? "I -HATE- the double-minded". Why? Because it 
is in opposition to God's Word ...to God's essence ...to God's Truth.

Falsehood is an "abomination" to the Most High because it is the very 
essence of satan, the devil; and is a direct afront to God's own holy 
character.

Well, what about "partial truths"? What about "couching" the truth? What 
about using "diplomacy"? 

"I will not show partiality to anyone, nor will I flatter any man. For I 
do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away." 
(Job32:21-22)  Jesus said, "But let your word be Yes, yes; No, no. For 
whatever is more than these is from evil." (Mt5:37)

There are those whose mouths gush with honey: I just sooo appreciate 
your ministry, you are a true man-of-God, you have such a wonderful 
ministry, I appreciate how you stand on the Word of God...  And then 
they go into their comments and/or questions of apostasy, ecumenism and 
compromise; silvery words, coming at you 'sideways'; and by the time 
they are through, they have actually criticized the Truth you stand 
upon, upon God's Word. How does one respond to such a person? 

They came to Jesus this way, too: "And when they had come, they said to 
Him, Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You 
do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth..." 
(Mk12:14)

Here's how Jesus replied... 

"But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, Why do you test Me?" 
(vs15)

There is that famous expression, "Hate the sin, but love the sinner". 
And indeed, if we love as God does, we do "love the world" (Jn3:16) 
because God demonstrated His love "while we were yet sinners" (Rom5:8)

But we are also told: "Do not love the world or the things in the world. 
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 
(1Jn2:15)  And also notice that the "wrath of God abides on" the sinner. 
(Jn3:36, Rom1:18, Eph5:6, Col3:6, Rev16:1)  

Where God talks about "love" it is towards His elect, Israel. (Jer31:3) 
And Jesus' love is expressed towards the Church. (Rev3:9, Jn15:12)  And 
Jesus' command to love is towards the brethren. (Jn13:34, Ga5:13, 
Eph6:23, 2Th1:3, 1Jn3:14, etc)

But where sinners are concerned, the psalmist says:

"Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the Commandments of my 
God." (Ps119:115)  "I have seen the treacherous, and am filled with 
loathing, because they have not kept Your Word." (vs158) "My zeal has 
consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten Your Words." (vs139)

Which is greater? Love or Truth? Why are sinners going to perish? 
Because they were lacking the "love of the truth". (2Th2:10) Notice that 
1Co13:13 doesn't mention Truth. Love is not an emotional swoony 
"luuuuv". And also, love cannot exist without an 'object' of that love. 
Israel was commanded to "..love Jehovah your God with all your heart, 
with all your soul, exceedingly in every way." (De6:5)

And notice the context of loving God... "And these Words which I am 
commanding you today shall be in your heart." (vs6)  The "Word/s of 
Truth" (2Sa7:28, Pr22:21, Ac26:25, Rev21:5, 22:6)

As followers and servants of Christ, what is our call? 

"If you love Me, keep My commandments" (Jn14:15)  "Moreover it is 
required in stewards that one be found faithful." (1Co4:2)  "Therefore, 
putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his 
neighbor..." (Eph4:25)

"O how I love Your Law! It is my meditation all the day." (Ps119:97)