06 June, 2019

Psalm 5:5—“… thou hatest all workers of iniquity”

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man (Ps. 5:4-6).

Psalm 5:5 says that God hates all workers of iniquity. Common grace proponents argue from this text that since the elect were ‘workers of iniquity’ prior to their conversion, God, therefore, must have “hated” them during that time (while simultaneously “loving” them with an everlasting love).

This assumption is then used to attack the notion that God cannot both hate *and* love the same person at the same time—a notion, which, if true, demolishes the theory of common grace altogether. For that theory posits that God both hates the reprobate eternally, but, simultaneously, loves them during their lifetime (and expresses that love for them in the good things of providence (health, friendship, sunshine, fruitful seasons, etc.).


Rev. Angus Stewart


[Source: Private Correspondence, 19/09/2015]

The ones whom God hates in Psalm 5 do not stand in His sight (v. 5) and are destroyed (vv. 6, 10). Therefore, they are the reprobate, not believers prior to their conversion. It is similar with those whom God hates (v. 5) in Psalm 11, for they go to hell (v. 6).


[Source: “The Psalms Versus Common Grace”—comm. on Psalm 11]

The elect, prior to their conversion, live in sin. But it is not true to say that God hates them, even when they were in unbelief. God eternally loved His people in Christ (Rom. 9:13). Therefore, He brings them all to repentance (Jer. 31:3). We are under His wrath prior to our conversion (Eph. 2:3), but He never hated us, for His hatred is His resolute determination to thrust away from Himself and punish everlastingly.



More to come! (DV)

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