7 things the Lord hates

 

Our lesson this morning comes from the book of Proverbs

 

Proverbs 6:16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

 

We learn from this passage that not only does God have great love for certain things he also hates certain things. Now the word hate in this context also carries the meaning to detest or to abhor those things which are abominable. The word abominable means a disgusting thing or a scheme that that brings about evil. These things that God hates comes from persons heart. Notice Jesus says in,

 

Matthew 15:19 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.20 "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

 

If we donít allow Godís word to be our guide then we will quickly find ourselves coming up with all kind of ideas that will oppose Gods will making us become God enemy. That is why it is imperative that we study Gods word and try to be Christians that a posses a pure heart. Do remember what Jesus said on the sermon on the mount, he said,

 

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

 

We can only accomplish this if we try our best to live our life according to Godís word. We can also see the flip side of this. If we donít have a pure heart if we are not living our life according to Godís word then we shall not see God which means we will not enter into heaven. So as we examine these 7 things that God hates this morning, if you find that you are involved in anyone of these things then you need to make a change because if God hates it you surely will not see heaven.

 

A proud look

 

This describes a person who thinks that there all that and then some. We would describe thisperson a know-it-all or persons who thinks they are better than everyone else. We might also describe this person a being arrogant or haughty. I am sure that everyone in here has ran across a person like this. Let give you some examples of what this kind of person does. Because of the their pride they will argue with you until their blue in face even if they are wrong and been proven wrong because they donít to admit that someone else could possibly be right. Another Characteristic of this type of person is one who constantly tries to one-up everyone. Let say you tell this person that you run a mile every day. Well not wanting to be outdone weather it is true or not they willsay or really well I run 2 miles a day. It doesnít matter if you tell them about what you kids did or what kind of vacation you went on this person kid or vacation was better according to them. These kind of people will belittle others to make themselves fell superior.

 

We need to keep in mind that God hates this kind of attitude and this attitude is not spoken well of in the scriptures. Look at Paul tells Timothy in,

 

2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

Not only does Paul warn Timothy and us about people who have the haughty attitude he informs us a Christians to turn away from such people and goes on to say that because of haughtiness there always learning but are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. You see whenever you think you know it all it becomes impossible to teach you anything because you are so wrapped up in yourself. While having this attitude might make you feel good on the inside this feeling will only be temporary and it is not worth the cost of being opposed to God.

 

Once again Paul warns Timothy and describes the characteristics ofa proud person

 

1 Timothy 6:3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

 

A person who is engaged in the sin will do whatever they can to be right even if they are very wrong.

 

The Bible also seems to imply that this haughty attitude is prevalent in those who are rich.

 

1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

 

The reason why Paul specifically points out the rich is because a lot of times those who are wealthy develop the attitude that the are better than others. It easy for wealth to go to you head and cause you to look down on the less fortunate. This has always been a problem throughout history. I canít even begin to count the movies and books that have told the story of a rich daughter falling inlove with a poor man and how the daughter family didnít thinkthat the poor man was worthy to marry their daughter because he didnít have the money that they did. So we must be careful as Christians not to allow our material possession to cause have a proud look.

 

Now look at what James says about a proud person,

 

James 4:6 "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."

 

So if you are arrogant or a know-it-all God is going to resist you and will not give you his saving grace because he will only give it to humble which is the opposite attitude of a proud look. When the day of judgment comes and we must all stand before God those who have had this arrogant attitude it will be taken away.

 

Isaiah 13:11 "I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

 

Now what we have examined the horrible consequences of this sin let now turn our attention to what the Bible says about combating this sin.

 

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

 

If we are going to be pleasing to God we must be like and hate those things that he hates and loves those things that he loves. The best way to combat any sin is to learn to hate it because when you hate something you cant stand it and you donít want to have any part of it. So, not only are we to learn how love more we must also learn how to hate more. We need to keep in mind that we are hating sin and the evil but not the actual person.

 

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

 

We learn from this that a Christian must do their best to be humble to God and to others and this will keep you from become prideful or arrogant or thinking that you are better than others. To help motivate us to be humble we need to remember what James said. He said God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. So, if we want to see heaven it important that we develop humility. I believe Paul describes a Christians Humility best in,

 

Philippians 2:1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

 

If anyone had right to be proud it would have been Jesus after all he was deity yet even he humbled himself before God and said the he came to the earth to serve and not to be served. As Christians we need to heart what Paul has said in this verse and its important that we follow Christ example and be humble.

 

Lying tongue

 

Lying is a false statement that is made with the intention of deceiving another. Today lying is very big problem within the church and within society. There are several reason why lying has become so popular today in our society. Just turn on your TV and begin to look at some the most popular shows that we have. Take for instance the show Survivor. If want to make it to the end and win the million dollars you almost have to lie or deceive someone to reach your goal. Of course this is not the only one Big brother promotes the same thing. There also show called fact or fiction and the writers make up false stories along with those that are based on fact and at the end of the show you are suppose to see if you guessed correction which one true and which one was a lie. Not only does TV promote so does the media. Gossip columns and magazines like the National Inquire are know to lie and lie some more and people just eat it up. It because of the media weather in paper or TV has shaped a generation who thinks that lying is just a part of everyday life.

 

Even without the Medias influence some find so much easier to tell a little lie than to tell the truth. Children have a tendency to lie when they think they can get themselves out of trouble. Adults are tempted to lie when they think they can avoid a confrontation and especially when comes to trying to stay out of trouble themselves. While telling a lie might be easy to do it is certainly is not without its consequences. When think about this I am always reminded of what happened to this husband and wife because of their lying lips in,

 

Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet.3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?4 "While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.8 And Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?" She said, "Yes, for so much."9 Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

 

These two became a great example of how serious God takes the sin of lying. While he doesnít immediately kill people today for lying there are far greater consequence that we will face if continue in this sin.

 

Revelation 21:8 "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

 

So even if you donít see any harm in your little lies surely you can see from this passage that if you continue in you little white lies you find yourself at home in pits of hell with all the other sinners mentioned in the text. Friends we need to work on this sin and not make light. Its important that we remember what Jesus about the origin of lying.

 

John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

 

So if you continue in the sin of lying we are in essence making the devil our father. Thoughthe devil would love this as Christianwe want to start far away from the devil and not ever try to be deceitful. Peter gives us great advice on how we put the sin of lying behind us.

 

1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

 

You see we put lying away by desiring the word of God and making it apart of everyday life and when we do this we will grow stronger and it will because easier for us to resist the temptation of lying. We will be encouraged to tell the truth when we see that the 1st century Christian was willing to stand on the truth even unto death when they could of easily lied and said they didnít believe Christ. So let always try not commit the sin that God hates.

Hands that shed innocent Blood

 

This is talking about murder or taking the life of another who is innocent. Again, this something that we see over and over again today in many different ways. In the short time I have been on this earthI have known of many senseless murders that have taken place. Some murder themselves because they donít fell life is worth living anymore. I have known of many married couples where the man or the women get so made at their mate because they either are seeing someone else or they think their seeing someone else and they will get a gun and shoot their mate and many times turn around and shoot themselves. Because of Jealousy or uncontrolled angry many have committed the sin that God hates.

 

Another example we see senseless murder can be found in the news just about every night. Terrorist who have been fooled into thinking that if they kill those who hold a different religion that they will go to paradise. So these people will strap on bombs or drive a car full of bombs and kill both themselves and the innocent victims around them. Some of these people just donít seem to have any regard for life. We have several biblical examples of those who shed innocent blood. Our first example comes from,

 

Genesis 4:3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.6 So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?7 "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"10 And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.11 "So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.12 "When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth."

 

This murder was caused by Cainís jealousy. Instead of being happy for his brother all he could think about was himself and so he murdered is brother and he had to pay for consequence of this sin. He now longer have success at growing food and he would have to wander the earth without a place to call his home.

 

Sometimes those who stand for the truth of God will be murdered. We see this in the instance when Stephen grabbed up and put on the defense for what he believed in. The bible describes Stephens innocence by describing his face as looking like an angel. Stephen gave his defense and then at the end it became ugly as pick up in,

 

Acts 7:51 " You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.52 "Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers,53 "who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it."54 When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,56 and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord;58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

This murder came from pure hatred for what Stephen stood for and is example to us that we must stand on the truth even in the face of death.

 

We couldalso look at King Herod and how he had all those babies 2 years and under killed because he felt his power as a king was threatened or how David had Uriah killed because he was trying to cover up his adulterous affair with Bathsheba.

 

But out of all the reason for murder the one that disgusts me the most is the killing of unborn children. In 54 countries which makes up 61 % of the world population abortion is legal in the other 97 countries it is illegal. It is estimated that 46million babies are killed each year. Thatís 126,000 abortions every single day. In the US alone 1,370,000 babies are murder each year. Friends this is sad indeed. There are a whole host of excuse people give of why they want their babies aborted from Iím to young or I simply do not have enough time for a baby right now. People used to try to make the unborn baby as just a thing but with our latest advancements we can now see the baby throughout it stages of growth. For instance a heart beat is detectable at 6.2 weeks. What amazes me is that the law doesnít protect these innocent babies yet did you know that there is a law the protect the bald eagle and it eggs. If you destroy a Bald eagles egg is punishable just as if you had killed a hatched balled eagle. Donít you find it sad that the law protects unborn animal and considers it being alive yet a human baby doesnít have the same protection.

 

Anyway you look at murder is ugly and God hates it. So as Christians we need to do our best to never to get to point in our life where we shed innocent blood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A heart that devises wicked plans.

 

This describes a person who has wicked heart who is always thinking and planning something evil. I knew several people like this back when I was in High School. These people were usually labeled as thugs and they are always planning and plotting something horrible to do to another student or teacher so that they would have the appearance of being bad. Let face it, some people are just rotten to the bone. Again, we have several examples of people like this in the Bible.

 

Our first example comes the story of Ahab and Jezebel. Ahab wanted this particular vineyard but Naboth would not sell it to him. But were about to find out just our wicked Jezebel is. Lets pick up the story in,

 

1 Kings 21:4 So Ahab went into his house sullen and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food.5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, "Why is your spirit so sullen that you eat no food?"6 He said to her, "Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, 'Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it pleases you, I will give you another vineyard for it.' And he answered, 'I will not give you my vineyard.' "7 Then Jezebel his wife said to him, "You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite."8 And she wrote letters in Ahab's name, sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who were dwelling in the city with Naboth.9 She wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth with high honor among the people;10 and seat two men, scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying, "You have blasphemed God and the king." Then take him out, and stone him, that he may die.11 So the men of his city, the elders and nobles who were inhabitants of his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them.††

 

As the story goes on this poor man is murdered all because Jezebel wanted to satisfy her husband greed. But her plotting and scheming didnít go unnoticed by God because he predicted the she would be eaten by dogsand that exactly what happened to her she fell to her death and before they could get to her body the dogs came and ate her up.

 

There a lot of example in the Bible of this kind of behavior. Think about Joseph and how his brother could stand him because their father loved him more and gave that coat of many colors. So the plotted and the schemed about taking him out but instead sold him in to slavery which worked out in the end to save all the children of Israel.

 

In the Book of Daniel under King Nebuchadnezzar Meshack, Shadrack and Abednego had been put into positions of power because of Daniel ability to interpret dreams. The people of Babylon didnít like this so they plotted and schemed on how they could take these men out and found their opportunity when the kind made a idol and told the people to bow down to it. Because the 3 men would not do it so they quickly pointed this out to the king and they soon found themselves in the fiery furnace but God protected them from this evil plan.

 

The same thing happened to Daniel under King Darius. The people didnít like that he power and so they plotted and schemed and convinced the king to sign that decree that no one could pray to another man or God and of course prayed anyway and found himself thrown into lions den again God protected him. As we move to the NT we find the Jews continual plotting against Jesus and also the wicked plan of Judas to betray our lord and master. All of these are great examples of those who were devising wicked plans the very sin that God hates.

 

The way we as Christians can avoid entangling ourselves in this is sin is to keep mind focused on God and making heaven our goal. The more time we spend on thinking of how to help others and how we can be greater servants of God the less time we will have for devising evil plans.

 

Feet that are swift in running to evil

 

This describes those who eager to do wrong and will go out of their way to run to evil. Again, I recall back to when I wan in high school I knew of a lot of kids who rebelled against their parents and they would go do everything wrong that they could because their parents told them not to. I knew one young man that would sneak out of his house and go and drinking feast. Well, one night he got so drunk that he climbed the water tower and then wouldnít come down and the police and the firemen had to help him down.

 

Another aspect that could be included in this is gossip. Again, thanks to our media our society had been trained into spreading gossip without finding out if what they are spreading is true. Some people canít hardly wait to tell someone about the latest gossip they have heard. But, as Christians we must watch ourselves and make sure that we are not spreading lies. Even if someone tells you something that is true you still need ask yourself is there really any need for me to tell this to someone else. I have one Biblical example that shows a man literally running toward evil. It has to do with what happens after Naaman is cured from his leprosy.

 

2 Kings 5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him."21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, "Is all well?"22 And he said, "All is well. My master has sent me, saying, 'Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.' "23 So Naaman said, "Please, take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him.24 When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed.25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, "Where did you go, Gehazi?" And he said, "Your servant did not go anywhere."26 Then he said to him, "Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?27 "Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever." And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.

 

Gehazi was so eager to deceive and make a quick buck that he ran after Naaman to pursue his evil. As Christians we have to be very careful that we donít find ourselves being like Gehazi and pursuing after evil things.

 

Our last example comes from Paulís first missionary journey when he encounters a evil sorcerer.

 

Acts 13:6 Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him10 and said, "O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?11 "And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time." And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.

 

Paul makes it clear that those who are swift to run to evil are sons of the devil and enemy to God. The way to oppose this sin is easy, simply pursue righteousness instead of evil.

 

Afalse witness who speaks lies

 

I have always found it interesting thattwo of the sins that God hates has to do with lying.In this instance itís referring to someone who gives a false report against another. This another one those sins that our society has no problems with. In fact Hollywood uses this sin all the time in court dramas. Sometimes they try to use to get the guilty person off. They will get false witness to testify that the guilty person was with them at the time and could not of committed the crime. Others have been know to be false witnesses for friends to try and help them win money or put one of their enemies in jail. How many times have kids shared in a lie about what really happened to a broken object. I can remember when I was staying at home and my step-brother was over and we began fight as brothers do sometimes.Well I was chasing after him and locked the front door on me and at that time the upper part of our door was made of glass. I started yelling at him let me in or I will break this door down. Well like an idiot as kids are sometimes a punched at the glass at to my surprise my hand went right through the glass and cut me a little bit. But now do you think that we told my parents what really went down. No instead we made up a story and told them that we running into the house and closed the door to hard and the glass broke. I was lying and my step brother was being a false witness. What we did was wrong but this kind thing happens all the time but it shouldnít. Christians should do their best to never be a false witness for anyone.

 

Proverbs 19:5†† A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape.

 

Our first biblical example of a false witness comes from Jesus illegal trial at night by the Jews.

 

Mark 14:55 Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none.56 For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree.57 Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying,58 "We heard Him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.' "59 But not even then did their testimony agree.

 

Jesus had not done anything wrong so the false witness had to come forward and make up stuff but as you can see their lies did not match showing them to be false witnesses which was direct violation of the 10 commandments but no one seemed to care about that because their focus wason taking Jesus down.

 

Stephen the first martyred Christian also had this problem.

 

Acts 6:11 Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council.13 They also set up false witnesses who said, "This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law;14 "for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us."

 

Again we see Stephen was innocent yet these false witnesses came forward and lied so that he would he would be put to death. This also happened Paul several times as the Jews followed him around stirring up trouble by spreading lies about what Paul was preaching. Any way you look at it being a false is wrong and God hates that sin and we should hate it as well.

 

One who sows discord among the brethren

 

This is describing a person who goes about trying to cause division by creating strife in a congregation. Basically this is describing trouble makers. If they find someone they donít like they will say and do whatever they can to turn the rest of the congregation against the individual or family and this person is never satisfied because they will always find something wrong with someone and will try their best to turn people against them. Another goal of a person like this is when the donít agree with what is being taught they will work in the background and try to find others who listen to them and get them to fight against the people who will listen to them. Their main goal is push their particular belief on others and make a huge deal about it even if it is not a salvation issue. This is very sad when this happens but it does happen.

I personally know a church of Christ preacher that did this very thing. He caused division in 2 different congregations. He would preach one way from the pulpit and then have private studies on the side to push his particular belief. The Bible warns us in many places to watch out for such people because they are dangerous and can cause great harm to the church.

 

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

 

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

 

Paul are warns Timothy that you should avoid getting into to petty arguments that have nothing to do with your salvation.

 

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge --21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.

 

The Bible teaches us that we are not allow these type of people to remain in congregation if the continue you to do this.

 

Romans 16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

 

Paul Titus this,

 

Titus 3:10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.

 

Over and over again we see the warnings that these type of people exist and they should not be allowed to have the opportunity to sow discord and to cause division in a congregation. Notice what Jesus prays for in

 

John 17:20 " I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;21 "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

 

This is one way that we can battle against this sin. If we are striving to be like minded and our unity is based upon the word of God is going to be very difficult someone to sow discord or to cause division. Paul taught this very message to the church at Corinth who had a big problem with division.

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.12 Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

 

Paul was pleading with these Christians not to be divided because Christ is not divided and the way they were to accomplish that was to be of the same mind speaking the same things. You see when you have unity based upon the word of God there should not every be any division.

 

We have examined 7 things that Gods hates and if Gods these sins then so should we. We need to realize that if we are involved in any of these sins then we opposed to God and if we remain in the sins we will be eternally lost. Also we talked about several ways that we can keep ourselves from being involved in these different sins. I would like to finish this lesson by continue on in Proverbs 6 because the writer gives some great advice on how overcome these 7 sins that God hates.

 

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep your father's command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.22 When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.