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This word in the Greek is only seen six times in the New Testament. Two of these times was used by Christ to describe the antichrist in the books of Matthew and Mark. It is used twice in the book of Revelation as part of the description of the world religion which worships the antichrist.
Why I stated with these four examples of this word is because I wanted for you the listener and reader to understand the use of this word as something to be seen as extremely bad.
Many times, throughout past podcasts I have used one of the other two verses that uses this Greek word. I will get to that shorty, but I want this to sink in a bit.
In two uses it is used as a description of the antichrist and the other two part of the description of the one world religion that will worship the antichrist. Just think about that. This being and this group are the antithesis of Jesus Christ and those that follow Christ. Those that are called “Christian.”
So let us now look at these verses once again that I have used in the past:
Luke 16:14-15 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
When Christ talked to the Pharisees, he labeled them as what they were:
“You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
The Pharisees justified themselves to men not God.
Justify – G1344 – dikaioó – render, (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent, be righteous, to show to be righteous, declare righteous
Simply they made the Jewish people believe they were “holy” by feigning righteousness. Then he says what?
“For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
What is highly esteemed among men?
Again, I turn to verses I have used more than once:
1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
“Craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.”
Physical pleasure is not just limited to sex, but an adrenaline rush which is achieved through various means. Like participating in or watching sporting events, as well as video games and other entertainment like movies and television.
A craving for everything we see goes to seeking after beauty in all its forms. Form clothing to how people look and even tattoos. As well as face-lifts and seeking after eternal youth. Pride in achievements is seeking after success and prestige. While pride in possessions is seeking after the best, biggest and most luxurious.
What many don’t think about is that one of the worst places that participate in this is within churches. In fact, churches themselves do the same thing. The bigger the better when that is actually per the verses of 1 John a sin. Accordingly, seeking after bigger churches is pursing that which the world esteems.
Simply they are now equal to the Pharisees.
Right now, there are those listening that are protesting what I just stated. The mere fact that they are is verification that I have just stated fact. What does Jesus say about this?
Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Most that profess to being “Christian” believe this is in reference to those that deny Christ. However, when you look at the full context of Matthew 7. Especially the verses that directly follow these:
Matthew 7:15-23 – “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
In the first half Christ is describing what to look for in false teachers, then He goes on to describe those that believed with all their hearts and actions that they were one with Christ. Yet He will say He never knew them.
I have shown multiple times those ending verses and explained that none can cast out demons unless they were once born again. Yet now they are denied by Christ.
Why is this?
It is because they have made themselves an abomination to Christ. They have turned themselves into the lukewarm.
Revelation 3:15-18 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.
Christ is giving them an out. He is asking them to repent. To abandon their riches and to seek after that which comes from Him. That which can only be received by leaving that which the world esteems to that which God esteems.
Mark 10:21 – Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
Any who seek after wealth and riches are an abomination. They are on the same level as the antichrist and those that willingly follow after the riches of the world. Why do you think they are seen as worse than those that outright deny Christ? Why are they spit from His body?
Because they are an abomination. On par with those that are opposite of God, of Christ. This is why they are spit out.
Revelation 3:16 – So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Spue – G1692 – emeó – to vomit
- Vomit – to spew forth
Those that are the lukewarm are equal to those that follow the antichrist. They are no longer worthy to be in the presence of God or in the Body of Christ. They are detestable, seen as something that is willingly to show anger and hate for that which is true and righteous.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
“From such withdraw yourself.”
Why say this? Because they are seen as evil. They are seen as an abomination.