The Abominable

by Joanna Pierce on March 15, 2018

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8, KJV).

What are Abominations

Abominations are actions that are considered foul and loathsome to God. They become a stench in His nostrils and make Him sick to the point where He must turn away. His presence cannot dwell where there are abominations.

Abominations in Food

In the Old Testament, there were many dietary laws given to the Nation of Israel. Some of which regulated animals they could eat (clean or unclean). They were to abstain from eating anything in the water that didn’t have fins or scales, such as eels, mollusks, octopi, etc. (Leviticus 11:10–12). Additionally, God considered eating any scavenger birds as an abomination (Leviticus 11:13–19), or anything that swarmed upon the ground (rats, mice, ants, etc.) (Leviticus 11:41).

The church today has since been removed from these dietary laws—and abominations—through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Matthew 15:11 tells us, it’s not what goes into a man that defiles Him, but what comes out.

Abominations in Sacrifice

To God, offering anything to Him unclean or with a blemish is an abomination (Deuteronomy 17:1). We today, must keep ourselves (living sacrifice) holy and clean to be acceptable to Him (Romans 12:1). In the same realm of sacrifices, we cannot offer children (or other people) as a sacrifice to false gods (idols) (Deuteronomy 12:31). Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and none other is needed (Hebrews 10:19).

Abominations in Other Actions

God speaks all throughout Scripture about the proper sexual intimacy and purity for His children. When it comes to intermingling with the same sex and/or beastly relationships, these are an abomination to God and it causes confusion (Leviticus 18:22–23). Furthermore, we’re not to practice incest (Leviticus 20).

Idol worship was also considered an abomination to God, and many practices surrounding it. Any graven image was to be burned by fire. Also, the materials used to coat the idols (silver or gold) was not to be desired. Idols couldn’t be taken into the homes (Deuteronomy 7:25–26), and whoever made an idol was an abomination was well (Deuteronomy 27:15).

Society has blurred the lines today between what’s right and wrong for people to do. Regardless of how our culture dresses today, we must know wearing garments made for the opposite sex are an abomination to God (Deuteronomy 22:5). Also, those who are engaged in any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, dark arts, or communication with the dead are those who are abominable to God. What culture deems as entertainment is not so in God’s eyes (Deuteronomy 18:10–12).

Those who participate in prostitution or sodomy are loathed in God’s eyes, especially those who try to use these practices to give money to the church (Deuteronomy 23:18). And, even a cheater or a dishonest person is an abomination to God (Deuteronomy 25:15).

What God Hates

To sum up this topical study, Proverbs 6:16–19 makes a final statement about 6 things God hates, with 7 being an abomination unto Him: pride, lying, killing innocent people, doing evil things, seeking out trouble, giving a false testimony, and breaking up unity. We must remember, no abominations will make it into Heaven (Revelation 21:23–27). Let’s avoid the abominable and get our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on March 15, 2018 with Brother Jonathan Pierce