Ye That Love the Lord Hate Evil
“I am crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20)
“Ye that love the LORD, hate evil…”
Psalms 97:10a (KJV)
As Christians, we would all agree that we love the Lord. However, many Christians are not aware of the responsibility that we have been given as saints: to hate evil. If we love the Lord, we ought to hate evil. What does it mean to hate evil? Many people, even a few “Baptists”, will take this out of context to mean that we are to hate everybody that says something against what we believe. That is NOT what this verse is saying. We ought to hate any doctrine that is contrary to what we believe as Bible-believing Christians.
For example, if a person believes in works-based salvation, we ought to hate works-based salvation and hate how it is leading many people to Hell. However, we ought not to hate the person that believes in works-based salvation. We are instructed to only hate the doctrine, NOT the person.
May we examine ourselves when we say we love the Lord. May we be challenged daily to love the Lord and demonstrate that love by hating evil. –SB