Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Righteous Lord Loveth Righteousness

Psalms 11:5-7, “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”

I cherish Psalms 11:7 and have often thought about this verse since I first read it several years ago. Our dear risen Savior is a righteous God, and He loves righteousness!!!

The word “righteous” here comes from the Hebrew word tsedadqah which means, “rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).” God loves to do the right thing, and He loves when we do the right thing!

There is a popular false teaching in most New IFB (independent fundamental Baptist) churches today, which says that God hates unrepentant sinners. We know this cannot be true because of what Jesus said in Matthew 5:46, “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? If we only selectively love certain people, but hate others, then we are guilty of becoming a respecter of persons. That is the woeful sin of Pensacola Christian College (PCC), selectively caring about people. That is why they have banned me from attending their Campus Church, even though I live in the city of Pensacola and pleaded in 2022 to come back to their church, but they shunned me away instead. That is false Christianity. They do not love righteousness at PCC. They love religion, education, socialization and lots of money. No one is right with God who shuns people from attending a church. I speak that to their utter shame!

Our great Savior is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11), and neither ought we be (James 2:1). When the Bible says that God hates the wicked, it means He hates what they have become (their Avatar if you I hate Jeff Redlin's arrogant Richie Rich heathen attitude as the incompetent senior pastor of Campus Church at PCC. I hate the PCC cult culture and their snobby pride, misplaced egos and petty prejudices. God knows that I do not hate the people themselves at PCC. Quite the contrary, I love them very much, a concept that is foreign to them.

In Revelation 3:15-17 Jesus practically gives the address of PCC at 250 Brent Lane in Pensacola. I hate what they have become, wicked and selfish, only thinking about themselves and their cult. The inspired Holy Bible is very clear in 1st Corinthians 13:1-7 that even if a religious leader has enough faith to move mountains, it means absolutely nothing without love for people. There is a woeful lack of love for people at PCC. I am fully convinced that God is utterly disgusted with 99% of churches today!

I don't know about you, but I want God's face toward me. That is, I want to please the Lord by doing the right thing. It feels good to do what is right, knowing that the righteous Lord loveth righteousness. God hides His face from those who do evil. Genesis 33:10, “And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.” When God is pleased with His children, He turns His face toward us in approval.

But if we hurt others and commit wickedness, then the Lord's face will be against us, which is why David prayed in Psalms 102:2, Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. David had sinned horribly when he commit adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband, Uriah the Hittite. I don't know about you friend, but I want God's face toward me. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness, but He hates evil.

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