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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin
Dear Brother Ron
Do other people hate the saying "Love the sinner, hate the sin" as much as I
do? Isn't that just an excuse for Christians to say really hateful things
without feeling like they're being hateful? Like telling people they're
going to burn in hell (something many people don't believe in) for alleged
"sins" like being gay or not believing in God, all the while ignoring their
own sins because they prefer to point out other people's sins instead.
If that's love, would you do us a favor and love us a bit less?
Dear Lindsey P
To me, this has always sounded like a controlling mechanism. It sounds like
they are saying, "We would love you if only you would ________". These
statements are usually followed by some prediction of dire consequences
(like burning in a lake of fire for all eternity) if you do not follow their
advice. It sounds like a man who walks into a bank and says, "Do what I tell
you and nobody gets hurt. Make one false move and I'll blow your brains
God wants willing servants, not hostages. The Bible also tells us that
living a sinless life does not guarantee you a throne in Heaven.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy
name done many wonderful works?
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity.
The implication here is clear. Many will proclaim to be on a mission from
God and acting in His name when their true mission is to accomplish a
private agenda for personal emotional satisfaction or hope of achieving some
exalted status in God's kingdom. Such people are described in I Corinthians
13:1. "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal".
When I advise somebody against a certain course of action, I do so because I
see how they are hurting themselves or others here in this life. If you
choose to deny the power of God within you, you are not hurting God. God
does not need your permission to be God. And He does not need our pitiful
praise to inflate His ego. He already knows who and what He is.
On the other hand, you are depriving yourself of the power of God within
you. It's kind of like going into a boxing match with one hand tied behind
your back. I don't think you will burn in hell for it but you significantly
reduce your chances of victory. Personally, I will take all the help I can
get. As the least of God's servants, I am richer than Bill Gates and more
powerful than George Bush. I simply invite others to share my riches and
If you choose to reject the offer, you have the right to do so. God
literally has all the time in the world. He knows you will eventually figure