Some Things Demand Intolerance

In an era when “tolerance” is enshrined as orthodoxy, there is a time to  be intolerant. There are some things I will never tolerate, and I don’t hesitate to even say that there are some things that I hate.

When the Communications Director for the WELS Lutheran Synod (a very conservative, Bible-believing Lutheran body*) was arrested with hundreds of child porn images on his home and office computer, I felt a burning rage in my mind and heart. I will make no apology for feeling that.

If we cannot hate the destruction of children in this country, we need to get on our knees and ask God to give us the hatred necessary to oppose this evil on every front. That this monstrous depravity has made its way into the lives of professing Christians is nausea producing.

The sexual exploitation of children has to rank right up there with the greatest evil that can be committed in God’s sight. The destruction in the lives of those who have been molested has been documented over and over and over again. And it should make us angry.

This will offend some Christians. Oh, Ingrid, don’t say you hate child molesters, say you hate their sin. No, I hate child molesters. Let me repeat. I hate child molesters who destroy children and sentence them to a lifetime of pain by their evil conduct. What I can do is pray for their souls, because without repentance they are facing an eternity in hell. Eternity is a long, long time.

There are other things that I hate. I hate lies and slander, for example, the kind that slips around in the background and ruins lives and reputations. A frontal charge, you can deal with that. But innuendo, a raised eyebrow, the private conversation where lies are used against others for a specific end. I hate that.

God hates it, too. In fact, Scripture tells us that there are seven specific things God hates.

There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Those verses are found in Proverbs 6:16-19.

Think about God’s anger when this conduct comes from those who claim to be Christians—those bearing Christ’s name who lie, stir up conflict, and plan wicked schemes based on those lies. To do these things is bad enough, but to drape this conduct in false godliness is the purest form of evil.

There’s something else of which I am intolerant. I am intolerant of those who console and comfort the fake Christians engaged in this conduct. I am intolerant of those who, for the sake of money, are willing to look the other way—those who place their paychecks (or anything else) above their integrity, and then go to church on Sunday to sing God’s praises when they know innocent people have been hurt by their participation. That’s prostitution, folks. Just give me the check and I’ll turn any tricks you want. I hate that.

Thankfully, we have a just God. His justice does not always occur on our timetable. But we can rest in knowing that if we are intolerant of these evil things, we have derived that very sense of justice from God himself who has stamped the Law of God on our hearts. He has promised in His word that He will reward the wicked, that what is done in secret will be made public on that fearsome Last Day when the book of our lives is opened.

Thankfully, we can find forgiveness for our own sin through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Because Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that our hearts, all of them, are sinful and “desperately wicked.” I am grateful for the cure to that evil that we can have by faith. Without that, who could stand?

Don’t ask me to tolerate these things mentioned above, and many others, like race hatred, totalitarianism, bullying, child-murder in abortion clinics (or anywhere else), and so forth. The moment we rationalize it, look the other way, or excuse it, we’ve become accomplices. Something to remember.

*Note: I mention the WELS official, but there is no denominational corner on perversion and child exploitation. StopBaptistPredators.org shows how much goes on in “Bible-preaching” IFB (independent fundamental Baptist) and Southern Baptist churches. The angels must weep.

13 thoughts on “Some Things Demand Intolerance

  1. Ingrid – something I’ve felt for years is now becoming widely accepted. That is the theory that child molesters cannot and will not change! They will always be a threat to children. It’s amazing that it took humanity so long to figure this out! There is no rehabilitation, no quick fix – no fix of any kind. As for why they are this way – who knows? It could be a complex answer, or vary from case to case.

  2. Many abusers were themselves victims, and if they don’t get healed by taking it to the Lord and have accountability the sins go on to the next generation. Addictive personalities fill their lives with alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. to fill the emptiness in them that is the God void or place in them that only can be filled with the Lord. Even Christians who don’t walk daily closely with the Lord can fall into the snares of the enemy of our souls. The Bible states that in the last days even the elect will fall away. That’s why God gave us Ephesians 6. We need to put on the armor of God and stand firm. The sin in the last days will get worse and more prevalent. The enemy is always looking for another pawn to use for his destructive purposes. The Lord has righteous anger against evil and His people should, too. We all need to walk carefully lest we fall, and daily search our hearts which are desperately wicked. Parents need to be ever on the alert to protect their children, pray for wisdom, and keep your eyes on Jesus and not despair.

  3. Oh, how I agree Ingrid. It’s incomprehensible. The track record of priests has been horrifying me for years, and now this!

    I was just reading those verses you quote this morning. God does hate those who have a lifestyle of deliberate evil.

  4. Yes, and Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…”. These men live precariously.

  5. Mrs. Ingrid I’m a bit confused. I agree that Christians hate sin and especially sins that are so wicked and macabre -that hurt people from sick-minded people who are evil. Some people are known to be nefarious such as murderers and rapists or child molesters. I agree that there are some sins we do not ever tolerate as toleration is not the fruit of the spirit. Toleration says to put up with but love says to reach out to beyond the filth and grime to a person. Love-biblical Agape love always protects. So if a person say a woman, is being beaten by their husband and they even tell the church and the Church doesn’t help but says, just “put up with it” I don’t call that love but the Churches failure to protect the wife. Just an example.

    What I’m trying to understand though is are you tacitly saying you hate these people?

  6. Linda, why are you confused? Decades of evangelical Love Shack non-theology has Christians today wincing and covering their ears to hear someone say they hate child molesters. Molesters consign their victims to a living hell. I hate that. The very same evangelical Christians who claim to believe that ALL of the Word of God is inspired and infallible get embarrassed when they read what King David said in Psalm 139:22-23:

    Here it is in the Aramaic Bible in Plain English:

    I hate those who hate you, Lord Jehovah, and I am enraged against those who stand against you! I have hated them with a complete hatred and they are enemies to me.

    The very next verse, the Psalmist asks the Lord to search his heart and see if there is any wayward bent in it, something we should all do. My point in the post is that there is a time for that kind of hatred of evil. My statement that I hate child molesters is likely to engender more concern on the part of Christians reading this than the ugly fact that children are being molested by pastors of every stripe. I pray for the souls of those molesting children. But we are to hate evil. Those who choose to consign children to the living hell of sexual molestation are pure evil, which I hate. They are enemies to me. We are not called to be nicer than Jesus.

    Then there’s this verse: “The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.” – Psalm 5:5. These verses in Psalms do not contradict the other verses that speak of God’s love and mercy. That God could reach down to a depraved human race is evidence enough of his mercy. The reason I clearly stated I prayed for the souls of child molesters represents the same tension.

  7. Loved this article! I love it when truth is spoken and I especially loved the video with Maxine…. Thank you Ingrid…

  8. Thanks for the video clip, Ingrid! So well said, Maxine! Making “nice-nice” with evildoers makes for “churchianity”, not Christianity! Jesus got mad at those sinning in the temple and overturned their tables and chased them out with a whip, and I don’t think that He was smiling when He did that!

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