Does God Love The Reprobate?
Some professors of religion teach that God loved Esau LESS than Jacob, and since it is expressed in a perfect axiom, then it is also obvious that God hated Jacob less than He did Esau.
But the above is not being very candid – the Old and New Testament shows clearly beyond rational dispute that God does hate the workers of iniquity.
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
He abhors the wicked every day:
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
He hated Esau:
I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
And I hated esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but esau have I hated.
And He plunged the entire world of the ungodly into destruction, saving only Noah and the seven others with him.
He has severely demonstrated His hatred in many, many examples of His terrible judgments upon individuals and upon nations.
No, there is not a Scripture that speaks of hatred as one of His attributes, but let us not overlook His hatred and the consequence it has upon unrepentant reprobates.
I am fully persuaded in my own mind that the constant hammering by misinformed preachers, that God “loves everybody,” that they “love every body,” and you ought to “love every body,” is one of the basic principles that have loosed men from the fear of God, and increased immorality, violence, vulgarity, rapine, lying, cheating, stealing, and every other passion of the Adamic nature as it is today.
The day is long gone when the ungodly still had sufficient fear to restrain them from what they now do openingly. There is a necessity for placing due emphasis upon God’s hatred, His justice, His judgments, and the eternal punishment of the wicked.
But alas! the Scripture is again fulfilled: “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Men MUST fear something to bridle their lusts and corruption. Fear of parents, fear for their good name, fear of the law, fear of courts, fear of God is the paramount fear for an orderly society.
Take that totally away, and chaos is the result.
By Stanley Phillips