There is a Time to Hate & a Time for War

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:.. "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." –Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8

The Bible is very clear. There is a time to love, but there's also a time to hate. How interesting then that people believe that the time to love is always, and the time to hate is never. How interesting that Jews and Christians run contrary to the words of Solomon. Every excuse in the book is used to love rather than hate. And it is this very thing, the presumption of love, which leads us into troubles and doom, not love itself.

Love itself is good. The presumption of love, as if love is the overweaning aspect of all things. But if there is a "time" and a "season" for hate, when is it? Is the time for hate only when our enemies hate? Is it that we must endure hatred from others?

It is the Christian who is most guilty of this presumption, and who feeds that frenzy. They say, "Jesus loved me, and I shall be loving in return." Such a statement is life-changing. Such a statement is world-turning. So why is it stated with such absolute presumption when so much rides on it? Lives. The world itself.

Why is it accepted that "Jesus loved me" means that "Jesus accepts me absolutely as I am." That's not true at all. Without change towards lawfulness, Jesus does not consider you his friend.

"And ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command."

Then we hear, "Jesus commanded us to love." Is that all? Did Jesus not command to keep the commandments if you desire eternal life? When asked "which one," did Jesus not list many and not one? Are they not Torah?

If the answer is, "The entire Torah is fulfilled in 'Love thy neighbor,'" this is wrong also. Jesus said that the first commandment is to love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, and might. The second, like it, is love thy neighbor. Do we love God by tolerance of sin or by obedience to Law? Obviously, the latter. Then can we love our neighbor by tolerating their sin? Of course not, but in reality, we do.

Biblically, we are told, "Thou shalt not hate thy neighbor, but shall rebuke him." That means we don't tolerate sin, we are supposed to call it out. We hate our neighbor if we do not call out sin. We love our neighbor when we do.

Jesus tells us that when we see sin in our brother, we should go and tell our brother about it. If he rejects you, bring two or three witnesses, per the Law. If he rejects that, bring the whole congregation. If he rejects that, get rid of the sinner. Is that tolerance of sin? No, it is hatred of sin, and the action of hatred is to remove the offending eye or arm.


25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Why does Jesus say that, in order to follow Him, you must hate your family, even your own life? Is it because Jesus wants lawfulness or is it that He wants you to tolerate sin? Does he want you to embrace those who bring lawfulness or to hate them? Obviously, Jesus does not want you to tolerate sin, just as the Law does not want you to tolerate sin. If you are lawful, you will surely hate the sin surrounding you. If you are sinful, you will surely hate the law which is brought to your attention.

Though Jesus is the Prince of Peace, he is not one who tolerates sin. "I did not come to bring peace but a sword." And this sword sets at odds mother and daughter, son and father. Why does Jesus say that his way brings division? Is Jesus bringing division from hedonism and crime, corruption and idolatry? Or is Jesus bringing division from lawfulness and righteousness, straitness and monotheism? Both break up families, but which does Jesus desire, sin or righteousness? Obviously, the righteousness of the Law. This righteousness breaks families. But the "righteousness" of "love" which many invoke keeps families together, through tolerance of sin.

Those who make Jesus a personality and say to love "Him" but do not embrace Law are part of the problem. They deviate from Law. They destroy the message of Jesus, which is lawfulness to God. They say that because Jesus died, they can eat what they want, have sex with who they want. They act as heathens and pagans. Oh, not as outrageous as a Wiccan, or as confrontational as an atheist, but don't mess with their bacon. And don't judge their sexual relations, or those of their family. They fiercely defend their family over Law.

They say Jesus wants "love" and not "judgment," as if invoking the Law is not love. Invoking the Law of God is the greatest and highest love. Defending the sins of your family, or yourself, is not love. It is selfishness, and hatred of God, Jesus, and the Law.

In the world, Islamic savages are murdering and destroying. Most Christians are standing down, "submitting to all authority" as if that is either a commandment or right. It is neither.

It is cowardice. Permitting sin is not "loving your neighbor" or "turning the other cheek." It is aiding and abetting.

In America, corruption militarizes the police and the government is against the people, legally and morally. Most Christians are standing down.

In the world, hedonism is taking over, sexually, brutally and violently. Most Christians are standing down.

In America, crime syndicates pour over the border, shoot up Chicago and take over neighborhoods. Most Christians are standing down.


  • Christians are taught that tolerance is love. It is not.
  • Christians are taught that forebearance is love. It is not.
  • Christians are taught that non-judgment is love. It is not.

Love is action. Action must be lawful. Lawful action is righteous. But Christians will end up hating themselves for inaction more than hating themselves for taking action.

There is a time for hate. There is a time for war. War has been declared on every front. Hate is coming to you from every corner. Are you going to use "love" as the excuse for tolerating, and finally joining, the Beast? Will you take the Mark of the Beast by invoking "love" for inaction? Do you simply want to preserve your lifestyle? Do you simply want to have a little peace and quiet? Then you don't love Jesus, and He is against you. You don't love your neighbor, because you permit his sin. You don't love your family because they will inherit the cost of sins you permitted. You are the problem.

The Bible tells us that before it's over, most of the world will be swallowed in this Mark of the Beast. The world will be swallowed in tolerance for sin. And no person can fall into that abyss and expect to be saved from it. Just because you say you "love Jesus" doesn't mean Jesus loves you.

And just because you avoid hate doesn't mean you're right or righteous. There is a time for hate, and it is now.

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  • Trisha Holmeide

    The trouble with you, Tom Wise, is you "is" what "is" known as a good old-fashioned fundamentalist. And, what you and I and others like ourselves don't realize is a whole lot of ministers seeing their membership dwindling met up with a whole lot of hedonistic younger folks who had no intention of changing their ways (which God actually does require) nor did they have time to read, study, contemplate and pray about the scriptures. When those two facts came together we started seeing a new interpretation of the Gospel being preached in our Churches--one that says all you got to do is believe. At the same time the entire country and every citizen from the smallest child to the oldest amoung us receiving sensitivity training (indoctrination/propaganda/operant conditioning) to embrace every form of diverse (one could say perverted also) lifestyle and choice imagineable or suffer the consequences. These forces are very strong and the evil of corrupting fundamental Christian beliefs and values to suit the modern era of "anything goes" is effectively separating the wheat from the tares. You are correct. Conversion to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ does not require nor does it allow us to ignore, accept or embrace temporal or spiritual wickedness. Only God can decide to change His rules and I pity those who, because of cultural or legal pressure, deceive themselves into thinking somehow the rules have magically changed to suit the purposes of this "politically correct" generation.

  • freedixie

    There is a time for every season under Heaven. It is now the season to eradicate the Muslim slime from the USA. There are only two religions on earth; the religion of Jesus Christ, and the religion of Satan. The Muslims do not serve Christ, so that would leave, who?

  • Tommyzax

    I hope you all noticed in Luke 14, quoted in context above, that Jesus not only speaks about the hatred we must have for sin, but also uses an analogy of a king going to war. Of all the analogies Jesus might use here, I thought it so fitting, if not extraordinary, that Jesus would correlate choosing Christ, that is, choosing lawfulness, with full-scale WAR. A wise man counts the cost before going to war, lest if he cannot even meet his enemy in battle before withering in a "peaceful" surrender, the people MOCK him.

    I hope you understand that Christianity has in the modern age put out the olive branch so often after declaring "war" that all of our enemies - savagery, corruption, statism, crime, hedonism - laugh and mock it.

    Why do they mock at all? Because they do not want to follow God's Law, and it is easier for them if you do not follow God's Law. Easier because it takes resources to fight a war.

    But if you follow God's Law, they WILL destroy you personally. They WILL war, and use resources.

    But if you don't follow God's Law, you will permit them to take over the entire Earth. The only question is, do you care?

    • edwinrad

      Receive Christ(John 1:12) by faith alone(Ephesians 2:8,9) and walk and be led by the Holy Spirit(Galatians 5:16,18) for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness(Romans 10:4).

  • dj

    Wow, what a load of misunderstood theology. Tom if this is what your church teaches, find another church. If this is your comprehension of Christian Theology, stick to weapons manufacturing, leave theology to the theologians.
    The last time I heard such a skewered exposition of New Testament theology, was from Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens.
    Everything quoted here from the Bible, is either out of context or non-applicable to the New Testament Church. Although I can't wholly disagree with Tom's general concept of standing against evil, protecting ones family and home and speaking out against gov't abuses of personal freedom, I can't find much correctness in his Biblical hermeneutic.

    • brandi n. kay

      NO, dj you are wrong. Tom is speaking the truth. Christians have been turning the other cheek for too long. We have been cowering in the shadows of our corrupt world. We haven't stood up to fight for Christianity in Iraq or the right to exist in peace in Israel. Most will cower when (by 2017, as per Obamacare) the RFID chips are implanted in the right hand. NO, if ever there was a time to hate and a time to war it is now. Jesus did not sanction cowardice. There are no grey areas in the Bible. Everything is black and white. You choose.

    • edwinrad

      Turning the other cheek in Jewish culture was to overlook an insult. Self defense of the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit(1Cor. 6:19) is totally Biblical.

    • dj

      Dear brandi n kay, Bad theology is bad theology. The author of this article misquotes, misunderstands, out of context what he claims is scripture. Christians are charged with obedience to the teaching of Jesus,as they apply to the gentile Church not Old Testament Law. The Mosaic Laws as contained in the Old Testament and the Gospels were fulfilled by Christ. The New Testament was not available to first century believers but God's moral laws (ten commandments) are all reiterated (with the exception of the 4th commandment) in the New Testament. The multitude of Old Testament writings include Psalms, History, Proverbs, Law, and various literary genera are not directives to the gentile church. They were written to Jews, by Jews and for Jews that were under the Law. Any believer should be familiar with Old Testament since it is foundational to Christianity, but transferring these narratives into the Church is equivalent to legalism.
      Of coarse Christians are not supposed to roll over and play dead when confronted by evil, self defense as a nation or an individual is always appropriate, however, it's not my responsibility as a Christian to hunt down lost sinners and judge them, or punish them for their ungodliness. It is my responsibility to share the salvation message, or correct errant theology and wayward fellow Christians. I will note that all the Apostles except John died for the faith. We as believers should not expect to be treated any differently by an unbelieving world. .

  • Harold

    Tom, I could not agree more. We MUST confront sin. Lord Jesus help me to do so faithfully. Yes, we are not to give the finger to the guy who cut you off in traffic. If someone calls us hateful name, we are to not respond in kind but love and pray for that person, but we must defend our families, friends, and neighbors against someone who want to kill us. We must fight against this evil government and these Islamic terrorists.

  • Becky

    Wow Tom Wise. Great article . People have needed to hear this message for so very long. The great majority of people seem to believe you must swallow every perversion and evil the world and the people in it choose to throw at you. NOT SO.....There is a Right and there is a Wrong.... People really do need to make that judgment and stop being so damned SQUISHY!

    • Beckah

      The majority of people have been brainwashed and tricked into allowing the tinniest of infringements that add up to huge changes of "acceptability". 100 years ago, women didn't have babies without being married, and they certainly didn't kill the baby instead of having a wedding! The easiest way to remove a mountain is by removing one rock at a time!
      I certainly "will not cast the first stone", but I will do what I can to fight this war. "Love" is a word that has been over used and lost it's meaning.

    • Becky

      Right on all counts Beckah. This immorality is a great part of why our country is in the trouble it is.

  • ABBAsFernando

    One cannot appease EVIL. The only way to obtain PEACE is to DESTROY EVIL.

    • Ray - Jesus is the Son of God

      That's Biblical.

    • freedixie

      Yes. Amen.

    • ABBAsFernando


  • USMC 64-68

    It's time to kill - or be killed.

  • Ray - Jesus is the Son of God

    The Wicked's First 6 Days in Hell

    Most vacations include an itinerary. You have an idea what you will see and do before you arrive at your destination. The Bible has enough information to project an itinerary for those whose destination is hell. Let's look at the first 6 days...

    The trip originates at the gate of death. Since departures are made daily, you are called upon to begin your trip on short notice. Since the journey is only one way, there is no need to concern yourself with return plans. Your initial point of departure may prove more than a little frightening as you suddenly realize the finality of your destination. The trip itself will leave you with little time to contemplate what awaits. As you pass through the doorway of death, you will notice almost immediately that your direction is taking you away from the light toward what appears to be complete and utter darkness. With each passing moment the darkness becomes more intense. At first the absence of light is only annoying, but you feel it becoming more ominous and threatening. The intensity of the darkness is matched only by the absence of any joyful sounds —no music, no laughter, no sounds of merriment. As you move farther, faint sounds of moaning and wailing become detectable. They seem to be coming through the darkness from every direction. You become aware of a faint light. It flickers like a flame, yet thick clouds of black smoke dance all around it, keeping the flame from casting off any real hope of light. Suddenly you find yourself obsessed to know what day and hour it is. Already it feels like you've been here for an eternity...and it's only Day 1.

    The continuing darkness is stifling. It's as if something is lurking in the veil of night that surrounds you. You yell, you threaten, you even plead, but to no avail. Whatever it is just stays there, producing fear like you've never known before. As your eyes struggle to adjust to the dark, you become aware of a new sensation. The heat. It's right at the edge of unbearable. Hot, searing, intolerable heat. You crave water. You'd give anything for a drink, and you try unsuccessfully to push that desire out of your mind. The air is thick, choking, miserable...and it's just Day 2.

    At least you think it's day 3. It seems as if it has already been forever. You've not been able to sleep. You still can't believe you're here. Where are the friends you thought you would see? The knowledge that they would be here too had brought you some comfort in your lifetime. Where is the fun you thought you would have? It isn't at all like what you were led to believe. You stumble upon a group of others. You pour out a litany of questions. As they open their mouths, no words come out...only the sounds of weeping and wailing. Some in the group don't even try to respond. They gnash their teeth, as if in some invisible pain. You wonder when this nightmare will end. You wonder why somebody can't make it stop...and it's only Day 3.

    How you wish you could send a message to those you left behind. You'd warn them about this place. You'd tell them what it's really like, so they'd never come. The thought of your loved ones coming to a place like this is unbearable. You can't help but think back upon that day when you made your decision to come here. You understood that your rejection of Jesus meant that you would spend eternity in hell, but it didn't seem real or important then. Looking back, you think how foolish you were to reject God's offer of salvation. You wish you could choose again. You find yourself hoping that your loved ones will choose differently, even though you realize such a choice means you'll never see them again...never touch them...never speak to them. What a horrible realization...and it's only Day 4.

    You've become acutely aware of the absence of any good in this place. There's nothing sacred, nothing holy, nothing of God anywhere to be found. You're amazed at how evil evil can be. For the first time since your arrival, you begin to sense the great gulf that is fixed between where you are and where God is. The span is beyond your comprehension as you try to realize the degree of distance that will separate you from God and those who chose to serve Him. God is on the other side of that gulf. Loved ones in Christ are on the other side of that gulf. What a lonely realization... and it's only Day 5.

    Through the darkness you saw a new face today. A new arrival. He stopped to speak with you. You could see the terror in his eyes. He asked questions that you had been asking only days before. You opened your mouth to reply, but all that would come out was the sound of weeping and wailing.

    You've just spent your first 6 days in hell. Unfortunately, an unholy, unhappy eternity stretches out before you...and all because you rejected Jesus. If only.... But wait! The fact you're reading this says you still have a chance! In His mercy, God is giving you an opportunity right now to change your eternal itinerary. "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). Oh, friend, do it now...before it's too late.