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Radio transcript for the week of March 27, 2016

Ricky Berger preaches on "The Sin of Hate" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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  1. Hatred: (1) To hate, is used especially of malicious and unjustifiable feelings towards others, whether towards the innocent or by mutual animosity (Matthew 10:22; 24:10; Luke 6:22, 27; 19:14). (2) Of relative preference for one thing over another, by way of expressing either aversion from, or disregard for, the claims of one person or thing relatively to those of another: as to the impossibility of serving two "masters" (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13), as to the claims of parents relatively to to those of Christ (Luke 14:26; See Matthew 10:37), of disregard of one’s life relatively to the claims of Christ (John 12:25). Note: In 1 John 3:15, he who hates his brother is called a murderer; for the sin lies in the inward disposition, of which the act is only the outward expression. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, pg. 528.
  2. Hate: In the root of the Hebrew word is the idea of ugliness, deformity; hence to regard with feelings contrary to love; to abhor, to loathe, to cherish dislike to. In both the Hebrew and Greek words we find the above meaning in some places (e.g., 2 Chronicles 18:7; Psalm 45:7; Matthew 24:10, etc.); while in others the meaning is "to regard with less love" (e.g., Deuteronomy 21:15, 16; Proverbs 13:24; Malachi 1:3; Romans 9:13). The requirements to hate father and mother, wife and children, etc., and one’s own life (Luke 14:26), means that all earthly ties and love must be subordinate to love for Christ. God’s hatred is toward all sinful thoughts and ways. It is a feeling of which all holy beings are conscious in view of sin, and is wholly unlike the hatred which is mentioned in the Scriptures among the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:20).


  1. Hatred is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-20).
  2. If I do not love, I am not of God (1 John 3:10).
  3. To hate is to be a murderer (1 John 3:15).
    • Indirect Murder: There is indirect murder of cruelty. Many parents, no doubt, have gone to an early grave because of the way their children conducted themselves. No doubt, many fathers have gone to early graves because of wayward sons. Many mothers have gone to early graves because of the way their daughters lived and conducted themselves. Many elders have, no doubt, gone to early graves because of the cruelty they received from members of the church. When we kill people by cruelty, we are guilty of indirect murder, and it is a violation of the law, "Thou shalt not kill". V.P. Black, Christ Above ALL, pgs.153-154.
  4. The Christian’s response to being hated:
    • Expect it: Apostles (Matthew 10:22), Christians (1 John 3:13).
    • Do good to them/pray for them (Matthew 5:43-48).
    • I’m concerned that we are giving our "amen" to lessons like this subject in our words but not our actions?
    • Brethren, if you agree with everything the Bible says about loving people and not hating them, then do not practice such in daily life; it’s as if you disagree with the Bible. (Romans 12:9-21).
    • It is just as wrong to live false doctrine as it is to preach it.
    • What if your preacher preached your life’s sermon next Sunday? Would you be ashamed for people to hear the sermon? Jesus is already hearing the sermon!

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