Passion for Truth and Hatred for Lies

by Mike Genderon, Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry
Religious institutions that deceive people about their eternal destiny are to be exposed as enemies of God and agents of the devil. The Bible reveals there is only one answer to the question: “What must I do to be saved from the wrath of a Holy and Righteous God who must punish sin?” To give the wrong answer to this sobering question is to propagate the most lethal and deadly lie anyone could ever speak. To point people to the wide road that leads to destruction is the most despicable departure from the truth and a devilish abomination to God (Prov. 12:22). Those who twist the Word of God are doing it to their own destruction (2 Pet. 3:16). God will destroy those who speak falsehood because He abhors the man of deceit (Psalm 5:6). 
There is an important distinction between the institution that deceives people and the misguided souls who are victims of its deceit. As Christians, we are to love those who are victims of deception but hate the evil institutions that deceive them. Some may ask if our hatred is justified. According to God’s inspired Word, it is. The Psalmist wrote: “Hate evil, you who love the Lord” (Psalm 97:10). We are to hate every false way and despise falsehood (119:128,163). Therefore, let us all love the Catholic people, but hate the religion that deceives them with a false and fatal gospel. It is not love if we allow them to march proudly towards hell’s gate without warning them with God’s Word. Those who have been deceived will never know it until they are lovingly confronted with the truth. We must use the truth of God’s Word to expose and destroy the lies of the devil. May our passion for the truth cause us to have a greater compassion for those who are perishing! And may our hatred for lies cause us to contend more earnestly for the faith (Jude 3).