Rebuke To A Hate-filled Preacher

November 19, 2013

G.K.,
[An email I wrote on 8/14/10 to a street preacher, but posted today to dissuade others who teach anger and hate. Names have been changed.]
With regret, I write to you. For I do not have an easy message. However, I have felt for some time now that the Lord has been pressuring me to warn you. Please know that I do so knowing that you love our Lord and His Word, and you do not want people to go to Hell. Your family has been, in the past, a strong encouragement to point me to the High Way –the Highway of Holiness, and for that, I am deeply grateful. I am also grateful for your personal words of encouragement to me over this last year. I do believe that you have a loving heart. And because you understand that God does often call us to rebuke as well as to teach, I pray that you will accept what I am about to write. So though I may sound firm, please know that I speak with respect, knowing you are also God’s dearly loved servant.

Remember Ezek. 3:18? –That if God commands us to warn a wicked man, and we don’t “speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die in his sin” and we will be held, by God, accountable for his blood? We know this, so we take action and warn. But verse 20 includes a command to warn those who sin who have previously been righteous: “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.” In Ezek. 33:12, God repeats, “The righteousness of the righteous man will not save him when he disobeys… The righteous man, if he sins, will not be allowed to live because of his former righteousness.” This is a sober and severe warning to all of us who could become blinded by planks in our own eyes.

Are you sinning? Yes, you are. Are you disobeying God’s Word? Yes, you are. And we who see this are required to confront the sinner –lovingly and firmly. What specifically is the stumbling block that God has put before you (to test you and see if you will remain obedient to Him?) It is the world. No, not in the way most others get tripped up by the world. But the world, nonetheless. For you are focused on it –its corruption– rather than wholly on the Lord Himself, “in whose Presence is fullness of joy.” (Ps. 16:11) This is evident by your frustration, anger, and lack of peace, which comes through loud and clear by your tone of writing. For writing, which does have words and sentence structure, is certainly composed as to give forth a tone. And that tone, time and again, is void of the Spirit of Christ –which, though you seem to not believe it, is Love. (Matt. 22:37-40 & John 15:12,17 & Rom. 13:8-10 & 1 John 3:11, etc….)

I am not saying that you do not love God or have not often walked in the Spirit; but for you to send out messages about God hating –insinuating that He hates people, not just wickedness– is a word from the evil one. For “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15) “like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.” Our brother is any other human being, no matter their level of righteousness (Matt. 18:15) or their religious belief or race. For as Jesus says when teaching the lesson about the Samaritan who was robbed, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) Therefore, we know we are to love everyone. And no, that does not mean just in motive. It means in word, action, and in truth. (Eph. 4:15 & 1 John 3:18) It does not mean in furious anger either, while pretending it’s loving to be verbally abusive. God’s Word does not teach us, “Be full of wrath.” It teaches the opposite. Indeed, the position of enacting wrath, vengeance, and judgement is reserved for God alone, and for you to think that God decided to let you in on distributing that, stems from a heart of pride.

Furthermore, to use Scripture to so often emphasize God’s hate, is to throw aside all the multitudes of verses about His love. Yes, God’s Word says He is Truth. It also says He is Love. But it never says, “God is Hate.” When Scripture uses the word hate –as in us hating our families or in God hating the wicked, it means “to have such a strong aversion toward something opposed to Righteousness, that one must turn away from that which is the cause of unrighteousness.” Of course God must turn away from a person continuing to fill himself with sin, but because most people view the word “hate” as “wanting bad things to come to another” and being filled with spite, malice, and even the evil one, then by using it, you do disservice to the Gospel, God’s Word, and God’s character. Let’s remember that many –including Satan, cults, Calvinists, etc.– use Truth to twist Truth. And this is what you are doing. Apparently, you can’t see your own great sin in doing this. However, this is the ailment of those who “flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin” (Ps. 36:2), and God will still hold you accountable. It’s called “pride” –and it is the downfall of many who started off well. Sometimes pride can be hidden, but usually it does ooze out through one’s sneers, insults, mockery, and insistence on always being the one who is correct. As Prov. 21:24 says, “The proud and arrogant man– ‘Mocker’ is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.”

Prov. 16:5 says, “The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” By your own admission, you’ve several times said that you are always right; and though you may be pretending that’s a joke, it is evident that you are “wise in your own eyes” (Prov. 26:12), for so far you have resented correction and continued in your writings to mock and insult whoever you wish. Sue had wise words from the Lord that you were to heed, and I too tried a few times. Obviously, others have tried also, for you have only multiplied your foolish words (Ecc. 10:12-14), trying to defend your positions.

One such position is that you find it okay to speak ill of (insult) those in authority. Like on 7/3/10 sending out a title about Obama being abominable, and on 7/10/10 that he is the chief moron. On 8/4/10 you call a judge a “queer” and a “fairy”. However, it does not matter what description we might wish to tag onto a leader, for to call them names is a form of rebellion against them. –Which is therefore disobedience to God’s Word. As Rom. 13:1 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” And it states it again for reemphasis: “The authorities that exist have been established by God.” This corresponds to what Daniel said in Dan. 2:21, “He removes kings and sets others in their place.” –Most of which were not even close to being righteous kings.

You rely on the fact that Jesus called Herod a fox. Yes, and though Jesus was at all times controlled by the Holy Spirit, as we are to be, the record of him calling someone names, is only a fraction of the amount of times you do so. At least you should stick to the terms He used, and not the ones you use, such as, “Clown… silly… queers… fairies… yo-yo… moron… flunky… insane… nit-wit…” etc. Maybe you think that getting others to listen to this is the true kind of love, and that it is supposed to point people to Christ. No, it’s just equal to calling someone a fool, which, if you truly feared God, would cause you to stop disobeying Matt. 5:22.

Rom. 13:2 goes on: “Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…” Sometimes we are to refuse to cooperate, but that is when they are forcing us to worship them or to go against another specific command of God’s. But even when the three young men defied the king’s command in Dan. 3:28, they remained respectful. As 1 Peter 2:17 says, “Show proper respect to everyone… honor the king.” And when giving answers concerning the Gospel, we are to do so “with gentleness and respect.” (3:16) –To everyone. As 1 Thes. 5:15 says, “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”

You sorely lack obedience to these commands in Scripture. No, you are not allowed to excuse yourself from them whenever you decide that a situation calls for losing self-control and having your emotions control you, or frothing like a “rabid dog” preacher (your words). When Jesus cleared the temple in anger, He was under none of those things, just as when we discipline children we should not be. Indignation and anger are God-given emotions, but they can also turn demonic. Such a type of anger and indignation that you teach, comes not from the Holy Spirit, but from arrogant preachers influencing you who have accepted doctrines of demons. –Demons whose best ploys are to use Truth to twist Truth.

You have veered off the right and good way of the Lord, G.K. Your frustration in continuously looking at the world –the seeming hopelessness of its problems and sin– has been pulling your gaze off of our Omnipotent God who is in complete control –He who sees the end from the beginning. Your focus takes you away from the peace the Lord gives (Isa. 26:3), the rest (Heb. 4:10), the love (Eph. 3:18,19), the rejoicing (Phil. 4:4)… This is because you are not obeying Phil. 4:8 which commands us to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy.

You tell people to stay close to the Lord. Yes, and it is done by sitting quietly… listening… at His feet, meditating on His words. This privilege cannot be done by listening to the anger of S.M. and those on the internet, etc. whose focus / meditation is not on the Word of God, but instead on “Christian” news. Prov. 22:24 warns us, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” And: “Friendship with the world is hatred toward God…” (James 4:4) This would include those who get a “kick” out of, or who get their zeal “kick-started”, by listening to that part of the world system that believes they can extend fury for the glory of God.

Scripture informs us that with the measure we give, it will be given back. (Luke 6:38) And Matt. 7:1,2 refer to judging: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measure to you.” To give out name-calling, rudeness, arrogance, condemnation, and defamation of others, is for you to invite to yourself the same. And no, you can’t then turn and complain that you are being persecuted for Christ; for such persecution comes from being foolish, not godly. (1 Peter 2:20 & 4:15)

Sadly, you go so far as to defame even our Lord Jesus. Teaching that He is “mean and wild” are reckless words from your lips, G.K. That is Emergent talk, blasphemous, and similar to what many do in using Scripture to teach their false doctrine. –Like Calvinists who say that God does evil, and how Muslims and NAR Joel’s Army types say it is “loving” to kill all who won’t bow to their “truth”.

The definition of the word “mean” is: spiteful, malicious, unfair, unjust, unkind, not willing to be generous, uncaring. And the definition of the word “wild” is: uncontrolled, unrestrained –especially in the pursuit of pleasure, having barbaric behavior, haphazard, unreasonable, rash. Indeed, that does not define Christ Jesus, the gracious Lord and Savior of the world.

Such sin you commit, G.K… But even if it was just one sin, to stumble at one point, is to be “guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10) You therefore are guilty before God, and in danger of the Hellfire you so zealously judge others of heading toward due to their sins –unless there be repentance. Indeed, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.” (Col. 3:25) For “there is no favoritism with Him.” (Eph. 6:9. See also 2 Chron. 19:7.) “The wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23) even for the man who was formerly righteous. (Ezek. 33:13)

I do not doubt that the Lord called you years ago to walk America’s streets and warn them of the wrath of God. However, we are all to hold up the Good News while we do this –not continuously hold up the evil, reminding everyone of exactly how evil it is. There is probably almost no one who doesn’t realize how evil the situation is. They see it every day and night on the news, at the work place, and in their own family life. You are not called to point that out, especially in specifics by speaking maliciously against anyone, including those who are wicked. Nor are you to speak and list those things which Eph. 5:12 refers: “For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” Instead, what are we to do? Verses 8-14 tell us to hold up the Light by living lives in all goodness, righteousness, and truth; and that will expose the deeds of darkness. It is not done by talking about them. When verse 11 says, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness…” that means we are not to participate in them, look at them, or even mention them. We are to be “innocent about what is evil.” (Rom. 16:19) Therefore, to listen to false T.V. preachers just so as to find error, or to listen to Christian radio shows which give out the latest news on wickedness, is to disobey these Scriptures.

We are called to preach the Gospel –the Good News of deliverance. Yes, we must let them know why we are in need of deliverance, but many do know why. Even the rebellious discuss how to bring peace to a world that appears to be spiraling out of control, and many do believe that the wicked do go to Hell. But people respond to love, not hate, G.K., and when given the message of hope and deliverance –that Jesus provides the power to repent and the power to follow up on that commitment to live righteously for Him– even the hardened sinners will usually hesitate and listen –sometimes even weep, saying, “I’d like to repent.” –Though they may add, “But just not today.”

G.K., you speak much about repentance. The Lord has been calling you to repentance also, and for a good long while –through His Spirit, His Word, and others. Stop looking at the world and its sin, for you give both too much honor. Get your eyes focused on HIm –He who is in control of everything, He who commands His servants to be clothed in Him and His attitude daily, and to everywhere hold up nothing but the Light. Where His servants are doing that, darkness is being dispelled. And if more would do it… just think –the darkness would be swallowed up by that Light!

Well, “I have come here to oppose you for your path is a reckless one before the Lord.” (Num. 22:32) And yes, He has ordered me to warn you. (Jer. 26:15) –Though I sure haven’t cherished this assignment. But just as Samuel did not cherish telling Eli a hard word from the Lord, Eli did accept it. (1 Sam. 3:18) Too bad you did not have the discernment to see that it was the Lord who led you to ask for my blog address right after I’d written a message on careless words. But, sadly… you just dug in your heels with a stubborn, unrepentant heart.

I am sending a copy of this to Nate. Not to make you look bad to him, but so as to have another witness. And also because you said he was the one who brought home the book on Jesus being mean and wild (though Nate has always seemed, in his messages, to be insightful, loving, and humble… and living out that which is The Truth.)

Again, remember: You are not above Scripture. Ezek. 33:13 warns you: “If I [God] tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done.”

Sincerely,
Rachel

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