“This is the verdict, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that it may be revealed that his deeds have been done in God.” ~John 3:19-21 MEV
I’m going to be very pointed in this dialogue because to blunt this would shame Christ: “everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (3:20 NASB). Anyone who works evil and refuses to come into the light is the one that hates the Light and loves the darkness.
Those who hate the light are marked by two aspects:
1. They protect their sin(s) when confronted.
2. They refuse to come into the light of the truth.
There is an erroneous perception in the Church today that because someone “is interested in the Bible” and acknowledges that things like “homosexuality”, “abortion” and “pornography” are sins, that they are children of the light and walk in the light. Nothing could be farther from the truth! If you agree with God in all things except one point, and in that one point you flee from the light and despise it, then your hatred for the light has been exposed.
A few years back I became close to a high ranking member of the Baha’i faith with whom many Christians would get along splendidly – he holds many conservative views better than many Christians that I know – but the verdict is clear that he hates the light because his deeds are evil and he refuses to come into the light. He readily accepts all of Scripture’s social-justice doctrines, but despises the greater commandments that call upon him to love God in action and truth with all that he is; he loves his idolatry and refuses to submit his sense of pleasure to the commandments of God.
This may be easy for many Christians to see, but are we guilty of the same? Do you agree with God regarding “homosexuality”, but believe it is ok to “lie” and “steal”? Do you agree with God that is is wrong to steal an iPhone from the store, but yet cheat on your taxes or steal intellectual property online?
Here, then, is the exhortation:
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them… But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is the light” ~Ephesians 5:8-11, 13