Liberal Hatred
The True Hatred
By Dr. Ken Matto
(Gal 5:19-20 KJV) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, {20} Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
“I do not in any way share your hatred and prejudice towards other members of the Body of Christ, as you clearly do.”
Recently I received an e-mail (portion above) which stated once again that I am filled with hatred and prejudice toward other members of the body of Christ. The other members which this man was referring to were those still steeped in Roman Catholicism. This man came out of that institution and joined the Episcopal church. Since when are Papists true Christians? He found my website and accused me of hatred. This is not the first time I have been accused of hatred by some liberal person and I now want to broach the subject of what is true hatred. One of the problems with many who roam the internet is a total lack of discernment. Whenever they run into a person who brings the Gospel and they do not like it, instantly that person is considered to be full of hatred. This is because we live in a society which has deemed the true Gospel politically incorrect, simply because it cuts a person to the heart.
What I want to look at in this study is liberal hatred which is the real hatred for all of mankind. When Christians bring the true Gospel, they are automatically looked at as unloving, uncaring, and hate filled. I know this because I have had a website on line for 14 years plus. Someone comes to the site and reads an article they do not like and instead of studying the issue, they e-mail me and tell me that I am filled with hate. Many times these e-mails are nothing more than invectives against me and the article. If some people would look at the content of their e-mails, they will see they are exuding a hateful and nasty attitude. We are going to look at some principles behind the liberal hatred mindset and when we do, we will then see that it is they who have a real hatred for their fellow man.
First we must define the words which are at the center of this discussion. Both definitions are from the Merriam-Webster 2003 dictionary:
Liberal - 5: BROAD-MINDED; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
Hatred - : to feel extreme enmity toward 2 : to have a strong aversion to : find very distasteful;
When we look at the two definitions, we automatically see that the word liberal is directly opposite of what the Bible teaches. The Bible never commands us to be broad-minded. In fact, the scriptures speak of the narrow way. (Mat 7:13-14 KJV) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: {14} Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. These Scriptures instantly condemn liberalism when dealing with the Gospel. First, the word “strait” means “narrow.” We are to enter in at the narrow gate, and who is the narrow gate? (John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. The term "no man" is in the cardinal form in the Greek making it a specific number. It is the word “oudeis". That fact illuminates the reality that not one man on earth will ever come to the Father outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. Cardinal form means a specific number like one or two in contrast to the ordinal form which would be translated first or second. The word is only used in the cardinal form in seven inflections and over 100 times in the New Testament. It’s meanings are “none, no one, not one, in no way, nothing, worthless, no.” This means that not one person in all of creation can come to the Father except through Christ. This is the essence of the cardinal form when it speaks of not even one.
The narrow gate is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Notice that this verse uses the word “the” three times. “The” is a definite article which means that any other way is totally excluded. Notice what it states in Matthew 7:13 about the broad way. Broad is the way that leads to destruction and remember what one of the definitions of liberal is, “broad-minded.” So immediately we see a major problem with the liberal minded person. According to the Scriptures, they are on the road to destruction. Narrow is the way which leads to life and broad is the way that leads to Hell and eternal damnation.
The word “hatred” is used in a double manner in Scripture. The hatred the Christian should have is for sin and evil.
(Amos 5:15 KJV) Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
(Psa 119:163 KJV) I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
(Rom 12:9 KJV) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
As you can see that the Christian, because of the Holy Spirit indwelling them is to hate evil and sinful actions. These three verses are just a small representation of many verses on this subject.
Then there is the hatred which the unbeliever possesses.
(Gal 5:19-20 KJV) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, {20} Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
(John 15:25 KJV) But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
(1 John 3:13 KJV) Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Notice these three verses are speaking of hatred which is aimed at the believer because of Christ. This is why when someone comes up against the Gospel, they hate that person for bringing the true Gospel and then tend to turn that hatred around making it sound like the Christian who is bringing the Gospel is filled with hatred. Galatians 5:19-20 speak of hatred as a work of the flesh. In other words, that hatred is already there and only needs to be ignited.
Now let us look at some principles showing us that liberalism is the true hatred toward others.
1) The Liberal never gives a complete picture
“Your anti-Catholic agenda clearly supersedes your desire for truth and submission to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who taught love, compassion, mercy and forgiveness.” This is another section of that e-mail I received from that man. If you notice what he focuses on in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ, is love, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness. What did he forget to include? He totally forgot that the Lord Jesus Christ, being eternal God, is also the judge of all the unsaved. (2 Th 1:7-8 KJV) And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, {8} In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: He did not mention one thing about the fact that when Christ returns, He will be returning as the judge. (Mat 25:31-32 KJV) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: {32} And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: Liberals never want to focus in on this reality and if a person stands before the Lord Jesus Christ on the last day at the Great White Throne judgment, then they will be sentenced to hell for all eternity.
The liberal always focuses on the love aspect of Christ but does not realize that the love of Christ is completely qualified. (John 13:1 KJV) Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Notice that John 13:1 states that Jesus loved His own and it does not say He loved every one in the world. For one to experience the love, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness of Christ, they must be born again. This is what the true Christian teaches and the liberal rejects. Who is showing hatred and who is showing love? Is the one who brings the true Gospel and wants to see people become saved showing hate or are they showing true love by wanting people to become saved and live forever with Christ? Or is the liberal showing their hatred by leaving out the most important part that a person must be born again?
2) The Liberal does not look beyond this life!
The liberal believes in co-existence of all religions on this earth but neglects to realize that this earth is going to come to an end some day. Since they only focus on this earth, their desired paradise will only last a few years but the fact of eternity looms on the horizon. What kind of love is being shown by the liberal when all they focus on is the here and now? When their utopia ends, then eternal damnation begins. The Christian is looking beyond this earth into eternity so when the final trump sounds, then eternity will begin and those who followed the liberal, will be judged and sent to Hell. Those who followed Christ will be in glory forever because they looked beyond time and saw eternity. So who is showing the hatred by disallowing people from focusing on eternity? It is the liberal because they do not want the best for you. They just want a society free from all forms of biblical strictures so they can enjoy sin while being religious. That is not love but hatred to the highest height because they are only focusing on themselves and their desires.
3) Liberals downplay sin
If you ever go into a liberal church and listen to the sermon, you will hear all about God’s love and the love of Jesus but you will rarely, if ever, hear any sermons on sin. The Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross to pay for the sins of His people. (Mat 1:21 KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. The reason liberal churches hate to talk about sin is because they do not want to offend anyone. The liberal preacher would rather their congregation go to Hell, than to warn them about impending judgment and eternal damnation. Those liberals who never speak about sin and judgment, are they showing love or hatred toward their congregations knowing that they will feel good for a few years and suffer in the lake of fire for eternity? The Christian who brings the true gospel will always speak about impending judgment and eternal damnation because that is the reward of the broad road and by witnessing to people, they try to get them on to the narrow way. Does not sound like hatred to me.
4) Liberals never make judgments
The only time they make a judgment is to vilify true Christianity and Christians. The rest of the time they carry an attitude of, “well if it makes you happy, then it is fine.” The problem is that sin ministers to the flesh and makes it happy. A person’s actions or beliefs must be open to scrutiny or else they will be in tremendous trouble. They hate Christians because the Christian is to make judgments constantly concerning many facets of the Christian life. The Christian is not prohibited from making judgments. In fact, we are to make judgments on ourselves concerning our Christian walk. Every unsaved person in the world is accountable to God for their sins, no matter what they are. When a Christian gives a person a tract or witnesses to them, it is not in hatred but in true love to see them come out of a life of sin and escape the eternal torments of hell. A person who is unsaved is judged by the Bible as walking the broad road and therein lies the rub to liberals. They do not want some antiquated book telling them how to live their lives. Life is a transient dream as the hymn states and the Bible wants to get people’s minds of this transient state and onto the permanent state of eternity. When liberals try to cover each and every lifestyle with the love of God, they are espousing the belief that God will not judge them. However, they will be found wrong and will face the judgment of God on the last day. Liberals hate the idea of being judged for their lifestyles, it is either now when a life can be repaired in Christ or on the last day when it is too late.
5) Liberals never deal in Reality
If there is one thing that liberals deny, it is reality. The reality being that this life is only a transient one and the one after physical death is the permanent one. When the true Gospel is given to people, telling them that this life is only temporary, and the liberal comes along rejecting that idea and attempting to build a permanent utopia on a temporary planet, they are in essence, denying reality. They show their hatred for the souls of people while attempting to gather people to themselves to build on their “soon to fail” dream of religious co-existence. The reality is the one who brings the true Gospel and warns the people of impending eternity is the one showing love to these people. When Jesus was on earth, did He ever encourage people to partake in religion? The answer is no because He taught them about Heaven, Hell, and the judgment of the world. Jesus loathed the idea of religion because it only leads people to eternal damnation. (Mark 7:7 KJV) Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. That is exactly what religion is, it is the commandments of men dressed up to look like they are worshipping God, when in essence they are worshipping the works of their own hands, namely religion. (Acts 7:41 KJV) And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Israel sinned against God by making a golden calf and they worshipped the works of their hands. Is there any difference when man creates a religious system and then begins to obey the very laws they themselves wrote? None at all! Idolatry is as much a religion as lighting candles in a building loaded with statues or a repetitive liturgy in a dead church.
6) Liberals do not know the Bible
Quite frankly, if the liberal knew their Bible, they could never be a broadminded person. God speaks only of a narrow way in the Scriptures. The Bible never condones making any league with the religions of the world. In fact, God hates religion because it attempts to buy salvation by works while circumventing the cross or making the cross only part of their salvation plan. It seems when you speak to a liberal, all they know of the Bible is the love of Jesus and they count on that love to let them into Heaven because of their good works. (Mat 5:9 KJV) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. The peacemakers found in Matthew 5:9 has nothing to do with trying to bring peace between religions or even individuals for that matter. The peacemakers are the true believers who bring the Gospel of reconciliation. The true Gospel makes peace between man and God when a person becomes saved. (Rom 5:1 KJV) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: The true Biblical Peace is between God and man when we are reconciled unto God through the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 5:18 KJV) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
We have looked at six reasons why liberals are the true haters. It seems whenever a Christian brings the true Gospel, they are accused of being filled with hate. This is Satan’s ploy to get his people to stop Christians from bringing the true Gospel so the false religions can continue to cover this world. The reality is that those who hinder the true Gospel are the ones who are showing hate toward people. (Mat 23:13 KJV) But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. The liberal today is no different than the Scribes and Pharisees who were not in the Kingdom of God and who desired to stop others from going in. To attempt to prevent someone from seeking God to live eternally in bliss rather than in hell shows a rank contempt for people, in other words the liberal, broadminded person, is the true hate-monger. For how can it be love to desire a person to live in the lake of fire under the wrath of God for eternity?