When the Bible does speak of God’s hatred, the object of His hatred is sin and wickedness. Among the things God hates are idolatry (Deuteronomy 12:31; 16:22), child sacrifice, sexual perversion (Leviticus 20:1–23), and those who do evil (Psalm 5:4–6; 11:5). Proverbs 6:16–19 lists seven things the Lord hates: pride, lying, murder, evil plots, those who love evil, false witnesses, and troublemakers. Notice that this passage does not include just things that God hates; it includes people as well. The reason is simple: sin cannot be separated from the sinner except by the forgiveness available in Christ alone. God hates lying, yes, but lying always involves a person—a liar—who chooses to lie. God cannot judge the lie without also judging the liar.
The Bible clearly teaches that God loves the people of the world (John 3:16). God spared wicked Nineveh, bringing them to repentance (Jonah 3). God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:32). He is patient to an extreme, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). This is all proof of love—God wants what is best for His creation. At the same time, Psalm 5:5 says about God, “You hate all evildoers” (ESV). Psalm 11:5 is even harsher: “The wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.”
1. The gospel is rooted in specific, literal historical events. It is also rooted in humanity’s position before an unchanging and uncompromising God. As such, the gospel message is the same today as it was in Jesus’ day. The gospel does not change.
2.A clear presentation of the gospel does not mean that it will be believed. On the contrary, Jesus indicated more people will reject the gospel than believe it. That’s partly how you can tell if you’re dealing with the authentic message.
3. Remember that the angry mob didn’t shout “Crucify him” because Jesus was only saying we should be nice to one another. Many of them had heard his message firsthand, and it wasn’t the watered-down tolerate-everything blather you hear from a great many churches today. Christ’s message has never been widely popular, and popularity is not a goal of the gospel.
4.Jesus Christ is the core of the gospel, and the cross reminds us of the send-off he got. In return for believing, you, too, will experience some form of rejection. Certain friends or family might think less of you or give you trouble. Declaring your newfound belief might even get you killed if you live in a nation ruled by Islamic shariah law.
5. What the gospel is not: the gospel is not about increasing your self esteem or giving you self-improvement techniques. Believing in the gospel is no guarantee that you’ll get any of this stuff. God willing, you might receive the blessings you want or more, but the gospel isn’t about what God can do for you. It’s chiefly about what God has already done for you.
6.The true gospel is very narrow in delineating the way to pleasing God. It is so narrow that, according to the Bible, it is actually impossible to believe the gospel unless the hearer is first drawn to it by God (John 6:63-66). That is exactly why the gospel should be presented honestly and with enough clarity for people to reject it. In one sense, it isn’t a message for everyone.
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a message to President Donald Trump during a press conference on November 16, 2017 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press) (Sipa via AP Images)
On Thursday, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan spoke at the funeral for Ermias Joseph Asghedom, better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle. In his remarks, Farrakhan cited the biblical book of Revelation and the Mark of the Beast in commemorating the rapper.
Farrakhan talked about Russell Westbrook’s historic triple-double last week. In a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Lakers, Thunder star guard Westbrook finished the game with 20 points, 21 assists, and 20 rebounds, a second in NBA history. Westbrook dedicated the performance to Nipsey Hussle. “That wasn’t for me … that was for my bro, man. That’s for Nipsey.”
Farrakhan referenced Westbrook’s Nipsey Hussle shout-out, and added, “Now let’s look at 20, 20, 20 at sixty… In the book of Revelations, it says, ‘here is wisdom: Count the number of the beast for it is the number of a man, six hundred, three score, and six.'”
“But the beast mark is the mark of a man, that a man came up out of living the life of a beast,” Farrakhan argued. He claimed that the rapper rose out of a life of gang-related crime and that gang members bear the Mark of the Beast.
“And I am saying this to my hip-hop community, to my young brothers and sisters, you live like the Mark of the Beast is in your forehead and in your hands, for it is so easy for us to murder one another, to kill one another, to disrespect one another, to disrespect our women,” the NOI leader said. “But out of that sixty there was a man, a man rose above the mark of the beast and the mind of a beast and became a man, a giant, a spiritual man.”
“I hope that we will never dishonor the name of Ermias Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle, and go back to that life,” Farrakhan said. “If we, in the name of Nipsey, in the name of Ermias Asghedom, decide today at this memorial for him, at this home-going for him, his home-going will be a life call for us to get up from where we are and be a new man and a new woman, and take the Mark of the Beast out of our hands and out of our head … that we may fly like he flew, above the condition of the hood and above the condition of the world.”
Asghedom joined a local Crips gang at age 14 but discovered an entrepreneurial spirit on a trip to Eritrea in 2004 when he was 19.
In addition to publishing record albums, Asghedom founded the “Marathon Clothing” store and had a small acting career. Asghedom was shot outside of his store on March 31, and a suspect has been charged with murder. His story should inspire young gang members to find a better life.
However, Farrakhan’s use of Revelation and the Mark of the Beast to reference gang crime and violence is not supported by the Bible. Revelation 13 describes a beast with seven heads and ten crowned horns emerging from the sea, like a leopard but with the feet of a bear and a mouth like a lion. The dragon, the figure of the devil, gives this beast power.
This beast is traditionally interpreted as the Antichrist, the figure opposed to Jesus Christ in the End Times. While it is difficult (and arguably disingenuous) to interpret Revelation as a clear timeline of future events — in the way the Left Behind seriesdoes — the Mark of the Beast means something far larger in cosmic terms than gang violence and crime, horrific as that crime and violence are.
“You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you” (Psalm 5:4, ESV, emphasis added). By contrast, those who take refuge in God will “be glad” and “ever sing for joy” (verse 11). In fact, both Psalm 5 and Psalm 11 draw a stark contrast between the righteous (those who take refuge in God) and the wicked (those who rebel against God). The righteous and the wicked make different choices and have different destinies—one will see the ultimate expression of God’s love, and the other will know the ultimate expression of God’s hatred.
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