"Love the sinner, hate the sin" - is this Christian?

George Nickens's picture

Dear Brothers in Christ,

I heard that "Love the sinner hate the sin" mantra was initially uttered by Gandhi to expound on some principles of Indian non-Christian religious systems. I wonder whether it corresponds to the teaching of Jesus Christ?

aroyalpriest's picture

This concepts is not Biblical but from the Apocrypha book of Wis

This concept is not Biblical, rather it derived from the book of Wisdom. It is true we are to love the sinner, there are few realities that must be set. God hates not only the sin but also the sinner. (Ps. 5:4-6; 10:3; 11:5; Prov. 3:32; 6:16-19; 11:20; 12:22; 15:26; 16:5; 17:15 Deut. 22:5; 25:16; 32:19-20; Lev. 20:23; Eccl. 5:4; Mal. 1:10; John 3:36; Rom. 1:18; 9:13; Heb. 10:38) Further more at the end of Psalm 139 it is event that David strived to have perfect hatred. God is holy and nothing or nobody who is wicked can be in his sight. Our God is a consuming fire. His hatred is holy, ours is fleshly. So what does it mean for us? Do we have the heart of God? For every ounce of "perfect hatred" there must be a ton of "perfect love." We have been called by Christ to "bless them which revile you and persecute you" to "love our enemies." Who is our greatest foe but him who exalts Himself against God. This is the person we are to love considering those who have seen the glorious light of the Gospel will recognized that they to were haters of God, until God worked faith into their hearts.