God is going to deal with abominations in the body with a stronger hand. Ironically, many voices stand against abominations in hypocrisy. They are calling out sin from a position of hidden sin. They are leading the Body of Christ into perversion while speaking against perversion.
Abomination is mentioned in the New King James Version of the Bible 144 times. Some of these mentions have to do with the Israelites being an abomination to their enemies, but many of these references have to do with things abominable to God.
What does abomination mean? Extreme disgust and hatred and loathing, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. What are these abominations God is going to address with a stronger hand?
Proverbs 6:16-19 lists seven things which are also abominations: “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
Haughty eyes speaks of someone with a prideful attitude that thinks they are better than other people. The definition of haughty is “blatantly and disdainfully proud, having or showing an attitude of superiority and contempt for people or things perceived to be inferior.”
Haughty preachers think they are more anointed, more stylish, more revelatory, theologically superior. They think they are too good to partner with others, to preach in certain places, to be seen with certain people. Some haughty preachers will be brought low sooner than they think.
But there are haughty believers, too.
Satan is the Father of all lies, and some people let him get hold of their tongues without repentance. Proverbs 12:22 echoes Proverbs 6 this: “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.”
Hands that Shed Innocent Blood
Hands that shed innocent blood is not relegated to actual murder, but also character assassination. People who slander and curse others behind the scenes are going to fall into their own net. Proverbs 15:26 speaks into this: “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant.”
A Heart that Devises Wicked Schemes
Proverbs 16:5 echoes this: “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” And again Proverbs 11:20 tells us: “Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their ways are His delight.”
Luke 6:45 tells us, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Feet that are Swift in Running to Mischief
The Message says, “feet that race down a wicked track.” This is not accidently sin. This is executing the sin in a heart that devises wicked schemes. This is purposeful wickedness.
A False Witness Who Utters Lies
This is not just lying, but lying to bring others intentional harm. The Passion says, “sprouting lies in false testimony.”
Once Who Spreads Strife Among Brothers
Proverbs 24:9 echoes this: “The devising of foolishness is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.”
Idols are an Abomination
Deuteronomy 7:25-26, “You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”
Some of you need go through your house and collect all the idols and accused things, get a metal trash can and set fire to it. And if you are serving idols, stop.
“Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight” (Proverbs 11:1). The Passion Translation says: To set high standards for someone else, and then not live up to them yourself, is something that God truly hates. But it pleases him when we apply the right standards of measurement.”
Proverbs 20:10 tells us, “Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord.” Proverbs 20:23 tells us, “Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, And dishonest scales are not good.”
What is a dishonest scale? You’ve seen in old TV shows where the butcher put his thumb on the scale to make the weight of the meat heavier. It’s cheating or taking sides with evil. Consider Proverbs 17:15: “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”
Be careful who you defend on Facebook. You don’t want to get into agreement with an abomination.
Now consider Proverbs 28:9 in this context: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.” The Passion Translation says: “If you close your heart and refuse to listen to God’s instruction, even your prayer will be despised.”
It’s time for us to pray that God will convict those who are moving in abomination before judgment falls. Remember, judgment begins in the house of God (1 Peter 4:17).