Posted by: cindybythesea | June 3, 2014

Who Does God Hate?

We’re all familiar with this image, the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz. The lion who joined Dorothy and her friends in a trip to see the wizard in search of that which they lacked; a heart, a home, a brain – and courage. Yes, courage. I came across an article on Raiders News Up-date recently regarding a HUFFPOST article by Pastor  Derek Penwell regarding a recent statement by Franklin Graham speaking at the Family Research Council Watchman on the Wall, where he ask this question of his audience. Who does God hate?

“Cowards” he said, “God hates cowards”.

A statement Pastor Penwell apparently takes great issue as demonstrated by his remarks on a recent blog.

But what does the Bible say about cowards?

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murders, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idolaters and all liars – they will be consigned to the lake of burning sulphur – this is the second death”. Revelation 21:18

According to Penwell statements like these make it hard to convince anyone that God is a loving God.

From his article, Penwell is quoted as saying:


peaking as a Christian pastor, I attest that following Jesus is difficult enough without having to live down the advanced billing from folks like Franklin Graham, who are convinced that God has nothing better to do than to figure out new categories of people to despise.

Really? New people to despise?  This in my opinion this rates up there with one of the most ludicrous statements I have ever heard, and from a Christian Pastor no less.

What planet is Pastor Penwell living on anyway? Or rather, what Bible has he been reading? Because it sure doesn’t sound like mine.

What startles me more than anything is the small view that Pastor Penwell obviously has of God. Small view and lack of understanding of character.

Yes, Pastor Penwell, God hates cowards.  And, so should we.  And, if we find it in ourselves, we need to do some serious thinking about what it means to be a Christian.

God hates because he loves. Did you get that —– GOD HATES BECAUSE HE LOVES!!

And, it is because the things he hates, are the very things that destroy those that he loves.

Pastor Penwell believes that we will have a hard time selling the love of God by condemning what God despises.  But, I have news for you Pastor,  It’s not my job to sell the world on God’s love. Its only my job to tell the world of God’s love. And, to defend it ….. something a coward will not do.

I don’t know about you but I think I have spent a big part of my Christian life in cowardice.  What will people think, what will they say, if they know I believe xyz.

I came face to face with this a couple of years ago, when I was confronted with a decision to make at my job.  My new position required making referrals for women for abortions. All I had to do what make a phone call, fax some papers etc ….. that’s it. Not like I was actively involved in the procedure. But, because of my beliefs I could not do it. I went to my supervisor knowing full well I could be fired and told her I would not do it. I trusted the Lord knowing that her response could go either way. As it turned out, they found someone else to do that job and I was out of the loop on that. But, what I did do was amass information for the local pregnancy center, which, I gave out to the girls when they came in in the hope that one of them would call the center and save their babies. If anyone had turned me I for this, again, I could have been fired.

We’re living in a time folks, when, we are going to be called on to be brave. The days ahead are no days for cowards.  In order to love what God loves, we must hate what he hates. And, be willing to take a stand for it.

I’m sorry Pastor Penwell, cowardice convinces no one of God’s love.


**Having trouble with the wordpress format.  The font has become so small that I cannot read it as I write nor to edit. You will probably need a magnifying glass to read this. I have not been able to find a way to change the settings, if anyone call help with this please let me know. Will go ahead and publish …   For some reason Revelation 21:18 is not showing up on final nor are Pastor Penwells comments.  Please see link to article..


And, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with you for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy








  1. Was not aware that God’s love needs us to defend it. And why take a job and then not fulfill the duties of that job? I don’t get it.

  2. Hi Cindy, good post as always; my thoughts about what people lost should know is that God loves them and we as beleivers must put on the mind of Christ, think like he would, see thru his eyes and have a heart after his own. We love him because he first loved us, so much that he died for us, we were not bought with silver and gold but with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. On the abortion issue; where evil abounds so much more does grace abound and if you are doing God’s work in saving just one from the sin of an abortion then God has you right where he wants you; God’s secret agent.

    Love you Cindy; your sister in Christ.

  3. Have been thinking about you lately. Good to “read” you! LOL! Great Blog Post. Thank you.

  4. Jane, Maybe Cindy took that job because she needed it. Maybe God put her there for the very reasons she brought up in her article.

    As for defending God’s Love, His Ultimate Love demonstrated to the world is Yeshua and His Salvation. That’s the Gospel. We are called to live that out every day in the world and to defend the Faith.

    Good article, Cindy. Being a follower of Christ is NOT for cowards.

    • Amen, Jesus Christ is the precious cornerstone of our faith. He is a stumbling block to those who do not know Him as Lord and Savior in their life. The Gospel calls for us to be agents of change. Cowardly sitting by causes our light to become dim. Shine your light and let the world see ; they may even be shocked! by the impeding contrast of light and darkness. Sometimes we are slandered, persecuted, struck down, perplexed and afflicted in every way. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and walk humbly, love mercy and live find the joy as we endure the path that has been set before us.

      Love your blog!!! I am a teacher and love the opportunity to dig deeper into the studies of the word of God…this is a blessed blog. Praying you continue your good work !

  5. Cindy, catching up here. (Sorry out of loop, had a stroke earlier this year.) Thank you for this post. Jesus commanded us to declare the repentance and forgiveness of sins, not sell it.

  6. Great post! We need to live wisely among the Philistines like King David did!

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