"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

The Hate and the Love of God

I do not think that God's Hatred needs to reconciled with His Love. God does both. However I do believe that God's Love for the elect is greater than those who are condemned. Another interesting verse to note in this discussion is John 14:21 "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."

The problem with this statement is "hate the sin and love the sinner" is that it is a cliche. There is so much more to be thought about, while indeed we are to have love for all it is seen that David had a perfect hatred for the enemies of God, "Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
(Psa 139:19-24)

The problem in today's culture is lack of reality, especially when dealing with words. This is not hatred as we see it defined in everday world. This is a hatred that is born out a deep love and passion for God not selfishness. This love for God will cause us to see and have compassion on others, but it will also drive us to be separate from them. (II Cor. 6:14-18) We will not love the enemies of God the same that we love those who are in the body of Christ. It is also says in James 4:4 that ". . .whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."

The purpose of Christ eating with sinners and publicans was not to buddies with them, but to show them the light of the Gospel. Our correspondence with the world is done for the reason of showing them the glorious and majestic Saviour.

In a deep sense we are to love sinners, but because they are enemies of God we are to in fact hate them. God will be glorified when all wickedoers will have their place in the Lake of Fire and Brimestone. If this is such a hard doctrine, study the depravity of Man and it will be made clearer.




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