Does God Hate Sin And The Sinner?

“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. Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.”Psalm 97:10-12

Today's culture preaches “tolerance” as the ultimate social norm. Whole religions are based upon this word – where rules are abandoned in favor of the acceptance of alternative viewpoints. Instead of studying God's word, and drawing firm conclusions about right and wrong, many people find their consciences salved by putting a “Coexist” bumper sticker on their car. When these people talk to others who try to tell them about a real line existing between right and wrong, they feel somehow superior in their halo of tolerance – as though somehow they have “arrived” at a higher calling.

For example, take the current topic of the definition of marriage in our nation today. Some believe that this should be opened to something other than the union between one man and one woman, though the Bible clearly teaches just that precept (Genesis 2:24). Though we read this passage, and even when we say it out loud, we are somehow made to feel “old-fashioned” or “out of touch” with the current thinking. For this reason, many Christians simply stay silent on the issue. And the result is that the side of wrong begins to grow, for a time, because true Christians are afraid to stand up for God's definition of right and wrong. And the ultimate departure is when we see entire church doctrines changing in favor of adopting practices such as homosexuality – as we see today in the Presbyterian church, as well as others.

The verses from the Psalms above urge us to “hate evil“. It is that word “hate” that seems to cause so much indecision on the part of many Christians. Can a true Christian hate anything? The answer is an emphatic “Yes!”, for the Bible tells us to do just that. God hates sin. But even deeper than that, there are multiple passages in the Bible that tell us how much God abhors the people who commit sin – Leviticus 20:23, Leviticus 26:14-30, Deuteronomy 32:16-20 and Psalm 10:3. See here for a longer list. Could it be that the aphorism “God hates the sin, but not the sinner” is untrue? Read Proverbs 6:16-19, and see if this firms up your conclusion about whether or not God might hate the people who commit sin. But do not be discouraged, for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ has caused our sin to already be taken care of. For a time, the hatred of God toward our sin was cast upon Jesus. And so we can say, “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him” (Psalm 32:2).

Note: For an interesting read on the Presbyterian church's stand on homosexuality in 1978, read here. It's telling to note how this conservative stand has changed after only thirty years.



1 Response to “Does God Hate Sin And The Sinner?”

  1. November 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

    hate evil… but love your enemy.

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