Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Hate the sin, love the sinner is a common phrase. This phrase is commonly used when discussing homosexuality. Is the phrase biblical? Let us take a look at the Bible and find out

Hate the sin. God hates sin. Proverbs 6:16-19 lists 7 sins that God hates. God hates a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. We also know that homosexuality is an abomination to God when we read Leviticus 20:13. We are told to hate what God hates (Romans 12:9, Revelation 2:6). So we know the first part is clearly biblical.

Love the sinner. First of all we are ALL sinners.  Romans 3:23 says all have sinned. 1 John 1:10 says if we say we have not sinned that we make God a liar. Romans 3:13 says that no one does good.If we didn't love sinners we wouldn't love anyone. The Bible tells us we are to even love our enemies and those that curse and hate us (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:35). So we can see this second part is also true.

So now that we can rest assure that "hate the sin, love the sinner" is biblical we need to make sure it is properly applied. It doesn't mean that we don't tell people what they are doing is a sin. If you love a person you will want to lead a person out of their sin. This is not done by being their friend but by first of all making sure they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Until that is the case there is no point in trying to get them out of their sins. Human effort can not free a man from sin, only Jesus can do that (2 Corinthians 5:17). If we try to make a gay person straight yet leave them dead in their sin and on their way to hell we have not done good. That is not to say that we shouldn't legislate morality. Cultures all around the world legislate morality. Making murder, rape and theft illegal is legislating morality. Romans 13:3-4 tells us government is God's way to execute wrath on those that do evil.

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