Are we to love the sinner but hate the sin?
by Shaila Touchton
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a) God hates sin.
God hates sin. Sin is breaking God's Ten Commandment law. The Bible says that when we knowingly break any command of God, we are sinning as transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (James 4:17), But, He does not punish sin. He punishes the sinner. God punishes the sinner and hates all who do iniquity. All unrighteousness is sin and it is described in the Bible(Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). Every sin has its own consequences. God hates everyone who doesn’t put Him first." God is not angry merely against the sin abstracted from the sinner, but against the sinner himself.Eg when you say God hates the theft, but loves the thief. He abhors adultery, but is pleased with the adulterer. This will not make any sense. The sin has no moral character apart from the sinner.
God also cursed Adam and Eve when they sin against him . If sin alone was the object of His hatred, why didn’t He destroy only the of our first parents?
Romans 5:12 shows us the consequences of what Adam and Eve started, that, "just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin," death has "spread to all men, because all sinned.
God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day." (Psa 7:11)
Proverbs 15:9 the way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
Proverbs 30:12 there is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
Amos 3:2 you only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
"But this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, vengeance on his foes! — The sword devours, is sated, drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts holds a slaughter feast" [Jer. 46:10]
God hates sinners so much that “for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
Oholah (Ezekiel 23:1-10, 36-49) involved in Spiritual adultery, Lust, Idolatry ,
Fornication, Harlotry, prostitution, Rebellion, Adultery, Child sacrifice, Defiled God's sanctuary, Profaned the Sabbath as a result God delivered her into the hands of her enemies, the Assyrians; the Assyrians plundered Samaria, taking some people captive and killing others. The Assyrians executed God's judgment on Samaria .God gave her up to trouble and plunder .She and her sons and daughters would be killed, and their houses would be burned.
"Because of these the wrath of God is coming (upon the disobedient)." [Col. 3:6]
Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
Hebrews 1:9 - You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.
Jeremiah 12:17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
Jeremiah 51:52 Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan.
b) Who are free from sins?
Whosoever is born of God will not commit sin. And saints are made free from sin to become the servants of righteousness. The word of God, prayers keeps away from sins and also we need to keep as far away as possible from sinful places and sinful people who corrupt good morals.
1 John 3:9 whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
Prov 4:14,15."Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn away from it and pass away" .
c) Condition for Gods love for sinners.
When God says he hate sinners it does not mean that he will tolerate the sinners or the sinners go unpunished. Love for sinners is not reason to keep quiet about sin. The Bible says that Sin should always be confessed ,mourned over,hated,departed from, Avoided even in appearance from all forms,shoulded be guarded, to be prayed to keep away and delivered from sins, to ask God to cleanse our sins with the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Christ not only pardons repentant sinners, but He restores in them the image of God.
God loves the sinner when the sinner is purged from his sinful nature. God will receive any repent sinner that comes through Jesus Christ. A true love for sinner is by speaking the truth in love, correcting him, rebuking his sin and not allowing a person to live in sin or continuing his sinful lifestyle. The godly sorrow we feel should cause us to change our minds about the way we have acted and lived in the past. Our sorrow should make us decide to quit doing what is wrong and start doing what is right. This is repentance.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:6-8 for when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jeremiah 23:22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
Acts 17:30:In times past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
2 Corinthians 7:10"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death”.
Romans 2:2-9 “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile”
A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. Proverbs 29:1
d) The wicked people encourage themselves in sin.
The wicked people encourage themselves in sin and also Delight in those who commit sins. They also have numerous unbiblical excuses to commit sin and to defend their sinful ways. When you question them they mock and boast about their sins also they try to tempt others and they either blame God others for their sinful natures. They have become spiritual Blinded which is caused due to the effect of sin, a work of the devil and Leads to all evil. When God’s people do not obey Him, He allows a spirit of blindness to come over them.
Psalms 64:5 they encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
Isaiah 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Psalms 10:11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
Proverbs 10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
Jeremiah 7:10 And then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"-safe to do all these detestable things?
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. Acts 28:27
Proverbs 1:10-14 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse.
Hosea 7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7
e) True Love for God is to hate evil.
People who know God's will and who love righteousness will hate sin and evil.
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10
Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph. Amos 5:15
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Proverbs 8:13
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.” Hebrews 1:9
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. Proverbs 3:7
Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life. Proverbs 29:10
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self…holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim. 3:1-7
The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace. Proverbs 13:5
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Proverbs 4:14
Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." Isaiah 56:2
Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. Philippians 3:2
Avoid every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:2
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:21
Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:11
It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:17
Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. Leviticus 19:17
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
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A well thought out piece. Thanks