What does the Bible mean when God forbids the use of sorcery?

The Breakdown: Pharmakeia and Mind Altering Drugs 06/24 by Minister Fortson | Religion

I’ve had several discussions, and arguments over the years about the use of marijuana by Christians. I’m sure you have heard all the arguments, and perhaps you were even the one making the argument for it. If that is the case, I’d like for you to consider the list of sins that sorcery is included with, and the context of its prohibition, as well as what it actually is.
Many of us have discovered, or have been taught that the Greek word translated as sorcery in the New Testament is, “φαρμακεία.” (pharmakeia) It is where we get our modern words, “pharmacy, pharmaceutical, and pharmacist” to name a few. The Latin derivative means, drugs. It is a simplistic definition that did not carry the original Koine Greek meaning with it fully.
In context to the time, language, and the entirety of scripture, the meaning becomes clear. Sorcery was the practice of using naturally occurring compounds alone, or mixed to make one feel a certain way, or to see visions, (hallucinations) or to poison them, or to simply get them high. It was often in conjunction with witchcraft, and ritual sexual immorality.
We know sorcery isn’t the work of a physician as Luke was a physician. The Greek word for physician was, “ἰατρὸς.” (iatros) it meant, a practitioner of medicine. The word for medicine was, “ἴαμα.” (iama) and it meant, healing, curing, or remedy. Being a physician (healer) was an accepted practice. They would use medicines in their practice. The negative social connotation of a sorcerer was more akin to the modern drug dealer, and occultist, than a pharmacist, or doctor.
Pagan religions would use, and some still do, potions, plasters, and bolus’ in conjunction with sexual immorality, including orgies, and bestiality, to either worship their false gods, or have spiritual experiences. One might say they were pseudospiritual, but I think it would be more accurate to classify them as demonic spiritual experiences.
It is true however, that the English word, “sorcery” when used in the Old Testament to translate the Hebrew word, “ וְֽכִשֵּׁ֔ף” (wə·ḵiš·šêp̄) didn’t specifically state that it was drugs, but it was still associated with witchcraft, enchantments, evil mysticism, and paganism outside of the one true faith, and it shared same connotation that was understood in the New Testament. It has always been an abomination to God, and forbidden to His people.
It is obvious from scripture that having a sober mind is a good thing. If we are sober minded, we can pray, and be on guard against sin, and evil in our lives, but if we are not sober minded our inhibitions against sin are reduced, and so are our faculties. Engaging in drug us is not the same as using a prescribed medicine from a doctor to bring about healing. We can see that the abuses associated with sorcery, and witchcraft are abominable. If you truly seek to fight sin in your life, then you will not purposefully subject yourself to sorcery, substance abuse.
Marijuana is one of those drugs that we as Christians should not take. It is a drug that people take to get high. They take it for the express purpose of dulling their senses, and not being sober minded. Some might protest, and argue about how they have other reasons they take it, but there are other ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, or other problems, that don’t involve using drugs. Drug users will always have an argument, but if you seek the truth, and righteousness, stay away from drugs. You can take medicine from a physician, but not drugs from a drug dealer, even if they have made it legal in your state. Legal doesn’t mean moral. As always, repent of your sins, and trust Jesus Christ’s justifying work on the cross, and not your own works.

After all, what does living for God’s glory look like?  Does it look like someone who loves pot more than Christ?  Does it look like someone who has been defiled by being stoned out of their gourd?  This doesn’t just apply to drugs.  Whatever it is that you can’t live without, drugs, porn, booze, adultery, a pet false teaching, anything in your life that dishonors God is sin.  We have to come to the realization, and understanding about these things so we can be honest about them, and fight them, instead of justifying them away.  It is impossible to come to God in repentance, if you are minimizing your sins, or justifying them away.  Ask Jesus to forgive you based on who He is and what He has done to make you right with God.  Then, fight against these sins.  Don’t give up.  You may be fighting for a long time.

7  The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 1 Peter 4:7
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
[Deu 18:10 NASB] 10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
[Exo 22:18 NASB] 18 “You shall not allow a sorceress to live.
[Isa 57:3 NASB] 3 “But come here, you sons of a sorceress, Offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.
[2Ch 33:6 NASB] 6 He made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him [to anger.]
[Gal 5:20 NASB] 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
[Rev 18:23 NASB] 23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery.

Since When do Heretics Care What the Bible Says?

Have you noticed that heretics only seem to care what God says in His word when they are,

  1. Eisegeting the text to support their pet heresies, or false teacher.
  2. Telling you not to judge them/their heresies/their teacher.
  3. Telling you that you can never truly know the truth, so their teacher’s teachings are true.  You just haven’t matured enough yet to get them.
  4. Telling you that you are the one causing division, and not seeking peace, and unity.
  5. When they are playing the martyr for everyone to see.
  6. When they are playing the Pharisee card on you.

They arm themselves with the typical list of verses like arrows in a quiver to shoot your way when you expose them.  We’ve all seen the verse torn out of context with a brand new meaning attached to it that it never had in context.  Purgatory for instance, when you call it out there will be someone who cites 1 Corinthians 3:12-15.  When they are telling you not to judge them they pull out the old trusty Matthew 7:1-2.  Get ready for a mind blower.  You can’t know the truth because, Isaiah 55:6!  Here is the big unity one folks, 1 Corinthians 1:9.  I love it when they apply this one to themselves, Matthew 10:20.  You can basically take any verse that speaks negatively about Pharisees, and apply them willy nilly to your theological foes.  They are basically get out of jail free cards for many different losing positions because the person on the receiving end is a legalistic meany!

One thing you’ll notice if you look into their eisegetical abuses is that the scriptures they cite often times refute the point they are trying to make when you honestly read them in context.  Don’t expect to get them to change their minds when you demonstrate that.  Many of these folks are so concretely convinced that it will take a miracle from God to open their eyes, and ears.  If you run in to that situation, the quicker you realize it the better.  Then you can pray for them, and stop arguing.  Please don’t say, “I’ll pray for you.” in that snarky tone of voice.  Just pray for them without telling them.

They don’t want to hear what God says in His word if any of what you are quoting takes away from what they are teaching.  They use the Bible to attempt to shut up attacks against their heresies, or golden calf of a teacher.  Being a Reformed Baptist, I get called a heretic, and have many of these things said about me.  I don’t accuse someone of heresy lightly.  Heresy is more than heterodoxy.  Heresy is when you are teaching something that negates one of the primary articles of faith.  Heresy is heterodox, but not all heterodoxy is heresy.  A false teaching that doesn’t address one of the primary articles of faith is heterodox.  If a person teaches that Jesus was not God incarnate, they are teaching a heresy.  If a person teaches that Jesus was solely a man, they are teaching heresy.  If a person teaches that you should go to Church on Saturday, they are teaching a false teaching, but it isn’t heresy.

We have all been in groups on social media where we have encountered horrendous abuses to God’s word.  Due to my Bible reviews, I’ve been in many groups that were supposed to be solely about the material features of a particular Bible.  I don’t know how many times some actual heretic has come in, dropped a heretical statement on the sly, and then when people like myself mention that they are teaching heresy, and need to stop, they play it off as if they were actually asking something else.  Due to the rules of the group, I, or people like me get scolded by the admins.  Well, I am shrinking my presence in those groups.  My echo chamber is getting smaller.  One day it might be so small that there is no echo, it will only be the sound of one man’s voice.  I hope it won’t be mine, but that of Christ, from His word.   Remember, Salvation is of the Lord.  Repent of your sins, and trust solely in Christ for your justification.  Persevere in the Faith, and we’ll be with Christ in eternity.  Sola on my brothers, and sisters!

Coronavirus, and Passover.

Here in my house, I sit.  It is early in the morning before my day of work begins.  A comparison of the Jews in bondage to Egypt during the ten plagues, and our current situation with the virus comes to mind.  My initial thought was, “If only we could put the blood of the Passover Lamb on our door posts, and lintel, that this creeping death would pass over our households…”  This notion probably came to mind due to my formative Christian years as a Pentecostal.  We would have anointed our doorway with oil, and prayed over the house.  We would have hoped, and expected that none of us would get sick, or die.

Now, many years later, I don’t think that way anymore.  Now, regardless of if I live or die, I know the blood of the Passover Lamb has been applied to my soul.  The shadow, of the reality was the Passover.  The reality fulfilled is the crucifixion of Christ Jesus.  What Christ did on the cross, has secured my eternal life.  He took my place, and paid the price that I owed.  I am forever marked by His blood.  Eternal dying will pass over me, due to what He did a little over 2000 years ago.  He knew He would do this, before He created any thing.  Even though, He still created.  He has done so for His glory, and our good.  God is merciful.

In the fuller sense, as Christians, we have the true Passover Lamb.  He was spotless, without blemish, or defect.  We were full of blemishes, and defects.  It was our normal state of being before we met the Lord.  Now, with regeneration, repentance and faith,  granted by God to the elect, along with the preaching, and hearing of the gospel, we have the imputed righteousness of Christ, God.  When we die, He passes over judging us as He does the unrepentant.  We have the blood of the Lamb applied to us.  Praise God, and thank Him for His wonderful love, and amazing grace.

The coronavirus may cause our deaths.  Yes, even Christians die of diseases contrary to what many false teachers preach today.  You should not believe a man that preaches health and wealth who wears glasses, or has to get medical treatment.  Trust only in Christ.  We will certainly die.  Whether it is of coronavirus, accident, heart attack, cancer, or any other condition doesn’t matter.  If we are in Christ, we will step out of this temporal material world, and in to eternity with the Lamb of God.  We will bask in His glory, and radiance, and praise Him forevermore.  We have eternal life in Jesus, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Coronavirus, and God’s People.

According to the Johns Hopkins map, currently of the 321,762 confirmed cases in the United States, 9,132 have died. That is 2.8% of the resolved confirmed cases. There has been 15,044 individuals who have recovered. That is 4.7% of the resolved confirmed cases. That leaves 92.5% of the confirmed cases unresolved. Keep in mind, that there are many unconfirmed cases that will never be quantified by us. Until the confirmed cases left unresolved drops we will have a difficult time really knowing what the true mortality rate is. We still truly have no idea how many people will be infected. The H1N1 flu infected 60.8 million Americans, with around 15K deaths. We are already approaching that mortality number with the coronavirus even though we have not come close to having that number of people infected

Hopefully there have been so many unconfirmed, and resolved cases that we won’t have any more deaths, but be prepared for it. Since none of knows what is truly happening, and what will happen, there is much insecurity, and anxiety. Everyone’s plans are on hold. We are in a type of limbo.

One thing we can be sure of is our Savior. Have you repented and put your faith in Christ Jesus? God is sovereign, and in control of all things. Not a sparrow falls outside of His will. If we die, we will be with Christ. If we live, we live for Christ. We who have been justified by Christ, have peace with God. We are secure in His strength. In that security, and peace, we can be a blessing to others.

Pray for God’s will to be done, and pray for Him to be glorified, even if that means that we die. There is not sting in our death, there is no victory for death, when a saint goes home. There is no condemnation for one of God’s adopted children. Seek His kingdom first, and place your hope in Christ alone.

The destruction of God’s intent for gender roles will destroy America.

Remember what the American family looked like?  Remember what the roles of men and women were?  Remember how their cooperation literally was key in their survival?  Do you ever think they envisioned a future for America where people could be clean, educated, and have leisure?

7 Survival Foods The Pioneers Ate That You Wouldn't Recognize - Off The Grid News

Do you think they saw this coming?

Important Events (1800-1860) Westward Expansion timeline | Timetoast timelines

A day when most people had indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating?

How about this classroom?  Do you think they were looking forward to the day when so many people would have an education?

United States 1950s: Classroom of Stock Footage Video (100% Royalty-free) 14105732 | Shutterstock

Or how about putting men in space?  Do you think they say that one coming while they were collecting chips to use for fire?

Neil Armstrong fotos que nunca viste - Off-topic - Taringa!

Buffalo chips (also called meadow muffins - as seen here) were collected by the pioneer children ...

People have had it so easy, for so long, they have become self-destructive, neurotic messes.  Men and women are literally being pitted against each other.  On one side you have the excesses of modern feminism basically preaching all men are bad, and women can only be free from their oppression once they all become lesbians, and sexually promiscuous like men, who they hate.  On the other side  you have the MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) movement where basically men are living without women except for using them for sex.

God never intended this to be.  Woman was made from man by God to be his help mate.  They were to compliment, and complete each other in what the other was lacking.  It is pure sin, rebellion, and perversion what is happening now, and being encouraged.

Regardless of what our pioneering ancestors thought the future would be, I highly doubt they would expect, or approve of what we have become.

We have become so focused on leisure, and pleasing the flesh, we have forgotten what reality is.

Men should never look like this.

James Charles Fires Back at Tati Westbrook in Lengthy Video | PEOPLE.com

Yep, that is a dude, my dudes…  In a world gone mad, this is celebrated.  People look up to this guy.  He is a little pervert in a whore’s makeup.

Or how about this, a murderous whore in a man’s haircut?

Abortion Activists Will Host “Shout Your Abortion” Party to Celebrate Their Abortions | LifeNews.com

In what sick, demented, dystopian, future is killing your preborn child something to celebrate?  Why do you have to try to look like a man, if you hate men?

These people are dead in their sins.  They have perverted the order of nature that God intended.  They act surprised when bad things start happening.  You can’t go on doing these kind of things and expect God to be pleased.  Don’t give me that nonsense that since you don’t believe in Him, He doesn’t exist.  Everyone knows He is.  Well, they day is coming kids when we will stand before Him, and be judged.  You better repent now, and trust Jesus, because if you die in your sins…  Hell is going to be a very, very, long time, and I don’t think you’ve got any idea of how wretched you are, and what you’ve got coming.

You want to make America great again?  Repent of your sins, trust in the Savior, obey His commands.  It is that simple people, but alas, I know it isn’t going to happen on the national scale it needs to.  Nope, we’re collectively being dragged down the drain into the sewer of human filth.  The globalists, leftists, and totalitarians, will keep programming our kids to hate us, and God.  They’ll give them every perverse thing they have trained their flesh to want, and buy their obedience to satan.  Keep fighting the good fight.  Raise your kids the best you can.   Pray for God to have mercy, and save His elect.  Pray for His will to be done, and for Him to be glorified.  Hopefully you can see how much the world needs Him right now.  Pray, and share the gospel!

Jesus is the light.

[Jhn 3:19-21 NASB] 19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

[Jhn 1:4-5, 9-13 NASB] 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. … 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, [even] to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus is the Light.  Everyone who does evil hates Jesus.  Those who are doing the will of God, as worked in them by God, are the ones practicing the truth.  They come to Jesus.  Jesus makes us alive.  Death does not understand life.  Death is the wages of sin.  The sinful world of death is dark.  Those who dwell in darkness, sin, and death, do not recognize, or know Jesus/life/light.  He came to the chosen nation first.  Most of them rejected him.  As many as did not reject him, but instead received him, became children of God through adoption.  They didn’t do this from their own effort/traditions/sacrifices, or by their heritage as descendants of the patriarchs, or their circumcision of the flesh, but instead it was due to the will of God electing them in eternity past that they are regenerated to eternal life.

A sinner’s prayer.

jesus is the only way

Psalm of David Psalms 41:4
“As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.””
Psalm 51:16,17

“For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;

            You are not pleased with burnt offering.
      The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
 
1 John 1:5-10
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
Romans 7:14-25

“For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”

      I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
A sinner’s prayer.
Give to me a broken, and contrite heart O Lord.
Other sins, I have confessed,
And you have granted me repentance.
I have bee set free from the desire to do them.
They have become like vile disgusting things to me.
 
Lord, the besetting sin, has the aroma of death,
And the appearance of fullness, and beauty.
But I am seemingly unable to resist it.
It’s appeal is sweet, a lure, to bring me down into the depths of the grave.
Like Paul, Lord I have asked you to remove this messenger of satan, the accuser,
This thief of assurance who causes me to doubt.
 
Lord, I am weak, and in my weakness, I am strong.
I am strengthened by what is true of you.
In Christ there is no more condemnation.
In Christ we are complete, and holy.
In Christ we are seated in the heavenlies,
Joint heirs with Jesus, our Lord, and brother.
 
I confess Lord my sins, yes even my secret sins,
Yes even the besetting sins, that torment me day, and night.
I know that you will forgive me, and in my disgusting state,
You will use me for your glory.  You cleanse me, and make me fit.
 
Lord I pray, please do not turn your face from me.
You are merciful, patient, and loving.
Forgive me, not on the the quality of my repentance of sin,
Or my want of love for Christ,
But on the basis of What you did on the cross.
 
Make me to trust in your justifying work alone,
And not in any vain effort of my undertaking.
Lord let me pass through this life, and death, 
Into Your eternal, and unseen presence.
 
O my redeemer lives, and has redeemed me.
My final breath in this life, will be my first in eternity.
Make me obedient to You in my thoughts, and deeds.
I give my self as praise, and gratitude, to You O Lord,
Master of all, Creator, and God.
I am Yours Lord, Save me, Amen. 

Have you ever looked at a photograph?

meanddave

Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself as a kid, and remembered the exact moment the picture was taken. This morning while I was feeding the pets, I looked at a picture on my refrigerator of my little brother, and I as boys, and did just that. It occurred to me that having your picture taken in the 70’s may not have been as big a deal as it was in the first part of the century, but in this century it isn’t a big deal at all. Back then Polaroid instant photographs weren’t truly instant, and they were expensive to take compared to taking digital photographs with your phone, and having them printed.

I wonder if people now, since they take so many pictures, and selfies, have the same demarcations of the times in their lives? Does it carry the same significance now as it did then? I remember that exact moment, when dad was in the kitchen with his fancy new fangled instant camera, and how we were on the counter in the kitchen, and I remember our clothes that we wore that day, and the wrestling match that we were engaged in. Rough housing occurred often in our house. I remember the thoughts I was having, and how my thinking is basically the same today. I was a smaller, more emotionally undisciplined, version of myself today. I had the same thought processes, and their complexions, that I have now.

The only differences between the ways that I as a miniature savage man thought then, and later in my life, was that I became more civilized. By that, I mean the savage was more concealed, and the exterior has become more socially acceptable. For those of you who know me, I didn’t say that I was socially acceptable, simply more so than when I was a child. You can extrapolate from there.

This taming of the savage man took copious amounts of work, and discipline from my father. He truly loved us. He trained us to control the savage within. If he had not been there, I shudder to think of what kind of monster I would have become. Our mother was a perpetual source of compassion, love, and forgiveness. Her little angels could do no wrong, and even if we did, she was the first to tell us, “There is nothing you could do to make me stop loving you.” I remember challenging her by asking, “What if I robbed someone?” She would say, “I’d still love you.” I’d say, “What if I ended up in prison?” She’d say, “I’d still love you.” Even when I asked, “What if I killed someone?” She still said, “I’d still love you.”

That moment captured in the photograph is a time capsule. I can look at it, and go right back to the moment. In all of the copious pictures taken today, I doubt that is true for most. I’m sure there are some exceptional times captured, but I doubt the same level of attachment is there.

There are many other snapshots of my life that weren’t captured on film, or by digital image. Many of them are just as vivid, while more range in quality of recollection. The most significant one, above all others, is a time when I was sitting in front of the computer with my headphones on, watching some Paul Washer sermons. He was talking about a man in Alaska who had cancer, and how he spent time with him going over the Bible. There was another where he was speaking to some young people, it was all very convicting. I remember being crushed by the weight of my sin, and being moved to tears. It was at that moment I knew I was born again from above. I experienced real repentance, and faith.

From that moment on, it has been a war between the new man, and that civilized savage who still lingers in my unredeemed flesh. Some days it wins, and I’m aware of it. Many times it wins, and I’m unaware of it. Other times I win, but it isn’t because of me. I’m weak. Christ has won all. He is the victor, and because of His victory over death, and sin, I can stand in faith of the promise I have from Him for grace, mercy, forgiveness, and to those there is no end.

Romans 8:2-11 (NASB) “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do,  weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

Hate, Hate Speech, and Meaning.

Noah Webster
According to Webster’s dictionary hate speech is; speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people. Also, according to Webster’s dictionary hate means;

a: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
b: extreme dislike or disgust : ANTIPATHY, LOATHING
had a great hate of hard work
c: a systematic and especially politically exploited expression of hatred
a crime motivated by bigotry and hate
—often used before another noun
hate mail
an organization tracking hate groups
— see also HATE CRIME
2: an object of hatred
a generation whose finest hate had been big business
— F. L. Paxson
hate verb
hated; hating
Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)
transitive verb

1: to feel extreme enmity toward : to regard with active hostility
hates his country’s enemies
2: to have a strong aversion to : find very distasteful
hated to have to meet strangers
hate hypocrisy
intransitive verb

: to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility
harsh faces and hating eyes

Now, if you will, please read how Noah Webster defined hate himself in his 1828 dictionary, and remember, Webster was a devout Christian;
HATE, verb transitive [Latin odi, for hodi.]

1. To dislike greatly; to have a great aversion to. It expresses less than abhor, detest, and abominate, unless pronounced with a peculiar emphasis.

How long will fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22.

Blessed are ye when men shall hate you. Luke 6:22.

The Roman tyrant was contented to be hated, if he was but feared.

2. In Scripture, it signifies to love less.

If any man come to me, and hate not father and mother, etc. Luke 14:26.

He that spareth the rod, hateth his son. Proverbs 13:24.

HATE, noun Great dislike or aversion; hatred.

Notice, the current meaning assumes that usually hatred comes from fear, anger, or sense of injury.  The word, “usually” does make it technically correct, but can you think of an instance where it is good to hate?  The modern secular world knows what is good to hate, and what is not good to hate, but they have reversed them.  As Christians, we should hate sin in our lives.  We should hate sin as a rule.  We should hate what God hates.  Since God is the ultimate good, we can trust that what He hates is in fact hate worthy.  The world around us on the other hand, hates what God loves.  In fact, they hate the one true God.  They make up for themselves idols to call god.  They lavish their love on those idols.  They love what is detestable to the Lord.

In a society with a bi-polar view of what is good, virtuous, and honorable, where one extreme looks upon the things of God in truth, and acknowledges those things, and the other extreme looks on those things believing the lies of their master, views them as evil, malicious, and hateful, as well as a plethora of people ranging the gamut between the two, it results in a disparate malfunctioning society.

Speech is simply speech.  It is the speaker who harbors hatred, or love in their heart.  Does the speaker hate what God hates?  Does the speaker hate what the godless hate?  This is the true question that should be asked.  Instead, we assume that speech can in and of itself be hateful.  If that be true, then speech is an entity with volition of thought.  If a man reasons with a debased, darkened mind, he might believe such a thing.  However, even a man with a debased, darkened mind, as a rule, and a majority, at this point in time, can see that this is fallacious.

If speech be speech, and hatred not necessarily evil, then why must such a seemingly subjective thing like speech be deemed hateful?  We do not know the condition of the speaker’s heart, nor do we know his intellectual intentions towards the objects of his speech.  The assumption that all speech that elicits negative emotions from the varied masses in audience is hateful, negates the obvious facts of ignorance to the subjects intentions thereof.

Since this is true, wouldn’t it be better to allow the subject, himself, to enlighten the audience in regards to his intentions, and motives, if there be a question?  Also, there is no material damage in relation to the subjects speech, unless it instructs such damage, by direct expunction carried out by the objects.  This is mitigated by the volitions of the objects assuming their faculties are about them, and that they are not otherwise given to some delirium induced by injury, or chemical.

Each agent is acting upon his own volition, informed by his own personal philosophy, through which he interprets the world around him.  If that philosophy finds its source in anything other than what is objectively true, it by definition contains lies.  This is why the God instructs us to build our house on the solid rock.  That rock being Jesus, the way the TRUTH, and the life.  To do otherwise is to found your house on that which is shifting always, the subjective cumulative consciences of lost agents of satan, whether they know it and intend it, or not.

I adjure you all, do not assume this notion of hate speech, or hate crimes for that matter.  Build your life on what is true.  God is true.  He cannot lie.  His word is true.  Jesus is the word made flesh.  I’m sure Webster would have concurred.   We must all repent of our sins, even those sins that at once we assumed were virtues, but in light of the truth see them as betrayals of our Creator.  He is the law giver, and the judge.  We are not.  His word is objective truth.  We must repent of our perversions of truth, and trust alone in the work of Christ Jesus for our justification to the righteous law giver, and judge.

I think Mr. Noah Webster would be horrified to see how the dictionary of his namesake has been corrupted by the enemy of truth.