I seldom bump a post on the same day, but in reading the Psalms this afternoon, I came upon this stunning verse . . .
Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, and their time of punishment would be forever (Psalm 81:15).
Stop and think about that one for a moment. When you consider someone who hates the very notion of God and observe their behavior, their hatred is pretty obvious. But imagine someone hating the Lord, yet pretending to be obedient.
I will have to dig into Psalm 81 more deeply for a proper exegesis. But in the abstract, it makes me wonder about some false teachers out there. It's one thing to be deceived, but quite another to have hatred of God lurking under the woodwork.