A. W. Tozer, in his eighth sermon in his series on the book of Hebrews, preached on Jesus’ love for good and hatred of evil from Hebrews 1:8-9, “But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.'” Tozer said,

[The Lord] had a pure and a holy hatred for that which was evil. The Lord’s people have been brainwashed by a lot of soft, pussy-cat preachers, who have taught them that to be good Christians they’ve got to be soft, purring fellows with soft fuzz. And they couldn’t harm anything and they couldn’t speak up, they have to all get up and talk sweetly and softly and solemnly and so that you don’t know whether they’re men or women. No wonder the French say there are three sexes: men, women, and preachers. Because a lot of preachers imagine that this is the way a preacher ought to be–soft and gentle, with the sunshine falling on his gentle head. . . . The fact is that a Christian should be full of zeal, a Christian should have conviction, a Christian should be the toughest, and the hardest to move, and the surest, while deeply humble before God he should be certain of himself before men. And he should love righteousness with a great overwhelming love. He should hate its opposite, iniquity, with a revoltion, and he should renounce it and put it from him. If the people of the Lord would stand up and renouce sin, you’d find they wouldn’t be very popular very long. The churches get along in the world without much persecution because they compromise with the world. While they won’t do the things the world does, the won’t in any wise stand up and condemn the things the world does. Maybe dope–maybe they’ll say don’t take dope and bet on horses, then that’s relatively safe; they’re wouldn’t be many people who’d crucify them for saying that. We all agree on that, even the cops. But . . . the Lord’s people should love righteousness and love it until it became to them an overwhelming passion and they should hate its opposite and everything that is evil. And if they did that, it wouldn’t be very long until two things would happen: we’d be annointed with the oil of gladness above our fellows and the world would turn on us and say “who do you think you are?” And we would get a little bit of wholesome persecution. You know what’s the matter with you people? You’re too nice. You’re the nicest bunch anywhere short of somewhere else. And you’re just too nice. . . . Anybody here been persecuted recently? I doubt it, but you’re living right, you want to be a good Christian, but you’re so nice and easy to get along with. If I could stir somebody up around here to loving God and hating sin to the point where he can become a bit of a pleasant nusance, I’d be happy about it. No doubt he’d call me up and say, “Can I see you, Pastor?” I’d say, “Yes, come down to the church at 10:30” (that’s when I susually see people). He’d then say, “You know, I’m being persecuted,” and I’d say, “Thank God, you’re being persecuted, because you dare to come out stand for something.”

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