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“Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104, NKJV). In our “ecumenical” society today, it is incumbent on all to get along, talking and thinking nothing negative about something or some ideology. This is generally under the moniker of “political correctness.” Political correctness is a vague term that does not mean the same with each person. Whatever good one might think there is about it, the unfortunate truth of the matter is that political correctness is an approach to life and behavior that is damning. There is no chance Paul or Jesus could have lived by its vague idea.

Notice the above passage in Psalms; two things are made plain. First, from the Lord comes understanding; second, with that understanding, everything that stands opposed to the Lord is hated. This means that false religions are hated. Webster’s defines the word hate “To dislike greatly; to have a great aversion to.” In Scripture the word can be understood as “love less,” but not in the sense of which we are talking (cf. “Hate,” The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, pp.743-744). The “love less” application in various contexts might allow for one to have some degree of loyalty to the thing (person) or things (persons). The Lord, however, will brook no compromise with another ideology; He will not allow any “love less” approach! The sooner we come to accept this the better our lives will be at bringing glory to the Lord’s way.

We don’t want to hate any person, but when the Lord’s way is challenged by the way of any man, then that way (or ideology) of man is to be hated. The apostle John said it this way: “We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6) and “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine [the doctrine of Christ], do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 10-11).