God Does NOT Tolerate Sinful Behavior 

Unless otherwise noted Scripture references are from the NASB translation.

Perhaps the most misunderstood and disfavored attributes of our God is that He hates sin and the one who behaves sinfully. And, unfortunately, most of us do not accept the fact that He does hate the sinner or one that lives a life in sin.

We are okay that He does not tolerate sin and applaud Him for that. However, when we look at His Word and find things we do not like there both our eyes and our perception of what we read changes the meaning or our perception changes.

Does God hate anyone? The answer is “yes.” Look at the following Scriptures before you give your personal response. In every instance consider the context from which these verses come and the biblical context as a whole.

  • Psalm 5:4-6, “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.”
  • Psalm 11:4-6, “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked. And the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.”
  • Leviticus 20:23-24, “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them. Hence I have said to you, “You are to possess their land, and I Myself will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.”
  • Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers..”
  • Hosea 9:14-17, “Give them, O Lord-what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. All their evil is at Gilgal; Indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels. Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb.  My God will cast them away Because they have not listened to Him; And they will be wanderers among the nations.”

Not one of these verses is easy to digest when we read this, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason, the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1. And we follow this with, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8.

The difference between those that God hates and those that God loves finds foundation in a relationship with Him… Those that God hates, disobey Him, despise Him and live a life of sin, but those whom He loves are His children by relationship because of confessional obedience, by faith and eternally by His grace. He abhors those who deny Him for just as Jesus told His friend, Nicodemus, “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” John 3:18-20.

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When God said, “Let there be light,” it happened. When He commanded that the oceans be, they came into existence. God’s word is terribly powerful. What He says is never futile, empty, or without power. God always speaks with divine intent.

The Law is a reflection of God’s holiness and character. The Law is pure, perfect and powerful. The Ten Commandments reflect His divine justice and are not without punishment. A law without consequences is nothing more than empty speech..

Sin breaks God’s Law and offends His character challenges His authority. What everyone must understand is that God is not a liar. His Word is truth and He will punish the lawbreaker.

What we now know is that while we were still sinners, divine Law-breakers, Jesus died for us Romans 5:6. There is no way anyone can make a deal with God for release from His justice. For this reason alone God became one of us, “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2:17-18, and Paul writes, “God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Because of these truths, mankind has been given 2 choices:

  1. Trust Jesus, God in flesh, as Savior and Lord, that is to say, “Place your faith in what He did on the cross.
  2. Reject the cross and allow His justice to fall upon you.

Do Not Reject the Ultimate Judge

“No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed instead. 14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord. 15 Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many. 16 And make sure that there isn’t any immoral or irreverent person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for one meal. 17 For you know that later, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he didn’t find any opportunity for repentance, though he sought it with tears. 18 For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm, 19 to the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of words. (Those who heard it begged that not another word be spoken to them, 20 for they could not bear what was commanded: And if even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned! 21 The appearance was so terrifying that Moses said, I am terrified and trembling. 22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels in festive gathering, 23 to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written in heaven, to God who is the Judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, 24 to Jesus (mediator of a new covenant), and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the blood of Abel. 25 Make sure that you do not reject the One who speaks. For if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven. 26 His voice shook the earth at that time, but now He has promised, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven. 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what is not shaken might remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:11-29 HCSB.

The Word of God gives witness to the character of God and the profound depth of it. We are unable to completely understand everything He is. For this reason, we will sometimes recoil at the things that are said about Him because we are human and are not fully capable of absorbing everything. But one thing certain we must NOT reject the difficult and accept only which is palatable. This one thing we do know and must take for truth, “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,  and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17.

Jesus is Lord.


About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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