“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Romans 9:15)
Do you believe that love does not always work, nor is it always required?
If love is God’s overriding attribute, then when He kills the wicked, He is doing it out of love, when Jesus made a whip before He went into the temple, He made it with love, when He casts souls into the eternal damnation of the Lake of Fire, He must be doing so in an act of love. “Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.” (Matt. 17:17)
When the enemy is at the gate, you do not try to defeat him with love, but that seems to be the prevalent attitude of many of today’s Christians, but it is expected, once never offending for fear of seeming judgmental became the main sermon from behind the pulpits. If the sons of Jacob would have attempted to love those in the land of Canaan when they crossed the Jordan, not one of them would be left alive today.
When love, at least in the terminology of many who profess Christ today see it to be, becomes the overriding attribute, evil men prevail. When God-fearing men stand on the sidelines and watch the battle, evil reigns, and my friends that is the reason that we find ourselves in the middle of the apostacy today. “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) does not mean to submit to evil men, if it did our Lord would not have withstood the Pharisees of His day, He would not have said, “It is enough,” (Luke 22:38) when told they had two swords between them. By not standing against evil, you are by default enabling it, you are not judging with righteous judgment, you are not fulfilling Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
I ask you, if love is indeed an action, what is the attitude, the expression of the action that we are to hold against evil?
I fear that today the only expression is inaction, caused by the fear of personal repercussions if it is stood against, and if you do not think that the Lord Jesus Christ stood against evil when He walked on this earth, then you do not know who it is you say you serve. This age of grace that is coming to a close has not seen the Almighty splitting the Red Sea, it has not seen the plagues of Egypt, the destruction of entire nations at His word, it has not witnessed the Almighty moving in wrath and fury. That does not mean that He has changed, it is called the age of grace for a reason.
The promises were given to Israel, the Gentiles rely on nothing but the mercy of the Most High, yet all who are saved have always been saved by the grace of God.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12) If you believe that verse and others like it mean that your battle is only against the invisible powers of Satan, then you are mistaken, for there are wicked, evil men on this planet, and all who do not serve the Lord Jesus Christ are also wicked.
How can evil defeat evil?
We are to judge with righteous judgment, we are to not only stand against evil, but to fight against it. If you believe that the Lord has asked all who serve Him in this day to lay down their swords, then you are not properly discerning the Word of God. If you are not willing to take the time to make a whip, and use it for the glory of God, then you are only partially following Christ. Peter was wrong in trying to kill one who came to take the Lord, only missing the mark and cutting off his ear. Ask yourself this question, is it ever right and just in the sight of God Almighty to use that sword against evil? Love is an action, how is the hatred of evil to be expressed?