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Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« on: September 20, 2008, 02:40:24 AM »

Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?



I always thought this was simple for every Christian, to "hate the sin but still love the sinner". Many of my friends, classmates, and even family, got involved in paths that led to sin including what for many in South Florida is a age old profession, smuggling.

They got into the drug smuggling, transportation and drug use. We had one of our classmates that was incapacitated by drug use just before our graduation and we refused to let him be left behind, and forced school administration to let him graduate with the rest of his class. We always felt that right or wrong, we would stick throught thick or thin and love our 'brother' no matter what 'sin' he had done, as some of us had been together since our first day of school....

Thus as I came across other individuals that had fallen into the domain of vice and sin, I applied the same principle of "hating the sin but still love the sinner", but sometimes its not that easy. When they steal and it affects you directly, or from the affects of who knows what damage your car, or commit adultery, is it still easy to love them........

What are your thoughts?
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008, 10:30:01 AM »

Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?



I always thought this was simple for every Christian, to "hate the sin but still love the sinner". Many of my friends, classmates, and even family, got involved in paths that led to sin including what for many in South Florida is a age old profession, smuggling.

They got into the drug smuggling, transportation and drug use. We had one of our classmates that was incapacitated by drug use just before our graduation and we refused to let him be left behind, and forced school administration to let him graduate with the rest of his class. We always felt that right or wrong, we would stick throught thick or thin and love our 'brother' no matter what 'sin' he had done, as some of us had been together since our first day of school....

Thus as I came across other individuals that had fallen into the domain of vice and sin, I applied the same principle of "hating the sin but still love the sinner", but sometimes its not that easy. When they steal and it affects you directly, or from the affects of who knows what damage your car, or commit adultery, is it still easy to love them........

What are your thoughts?


No, Reddog: 

It certainly is not easy,  :rabbit:  but it is required if we want to be an influence for good in that persons life   :console: . . . . or if we want to be an example of the Father's Love to those around us   :help:.  We must even be willing to suffer hurt to our disadvantage if I read scripture correctly. :hot: :hot: :praying: :praying: :praying:

Yup, I'm still on the wheel here too! :hamster:  :hot: :hot: :praying:

But Father God is working with me and loves me far beyond what I am worth to myself and maybe even others because of what His Son paid for me at Calvary!  :console:  :amen:

 :TY:  Father God for Your Son, Jesus and His willigness to sacrifice His life for me because He loved me.   :praying:

GrammieT :dogwag:

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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2008, 01:42:24 PM »

Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?



I always thought this was simple for every Christian, to "hate the sin but still love the sinner". Many of my friends, classmates, and even family, got involved in paths that led to sin including what for many in South Florida is a age old profession, smuggling.

They got into the drug smuggling, transportation and drug use. We had one of our classmates that was incapacitated by drug use just before our graduation and we refused to let him be left behind, and forced school administration to let him graduate with the rest of his class. We always felt that right or wrong, we would stick throught thick or thin and love our 'brother' no matter what 'sin' he had done, as some of us had been together since our first day of school....

Thus as I came across other individuals that had fallen into the domain of vice and sin, I applied the same principle of "hating the sin but still love the sinner", but sometimes its not that easy. When they steal and it affects you directly, or from the affects of who knows what damage your car, or commit adultery, is it still easy to love them........

What are your thoughts?


Will you still bail out your friend after he has mis-used your friendship uncountable times?
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2008, 05:14:15 PM »

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Will you still bail out your friend after he has mis-used your friendship uncountable times?
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Is it a sign of not loving someone if you do not bail them out of trouble after repeated times you have bailed them out?
Maybe loving them is allowing them the consequences of their actions while you still be friend and stand by them.
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008, 07:51:41 PM »

All great posts thus far.  I am with Bonnie, though, tough love comes in with the repeat offenders.  You can still love them, but you cannot become codependent.  More often than not, they need to hit rock bottom and fully feel the consequences for the actions.  Nothing says you cant' love them trough it.  Perhaps visiting or writing them in prison/jail, encouraging them along the way.  God let David fell the full brunt of his actions, but never stopped loving him, did he not?
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2008, 11:30:22 PM »

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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2008, 11:31:48 PM »

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Will you still bail out your friend after he has mis-used your friendship uncountable times?

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Is it a sign of not loving someone if you do not bail them out of trouble after repeated times you have bailed them out?
Maybe loving them is allowing them the consequences of their actions while you still be friend and stand by them.

Bailing out those that are friends/family is not necessarily love. Maybe the greatest sign of love is not bailing someone out.Maybe that is no love at all
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011, 01:44:05 AM »

Will we ever  be finished with that question?

Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
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 When they steal and it affects you directly, or from the affects of who knows what damage your car, or commit adultery, is it still easy to love them........

What are your thoughts?
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2011, 02:43:13 PM »

Probably not as long as we see those we don't like as personified sin. 
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 04:03:42 PM »

Of course we can hate the sin and love the sinner. It can be hard to seperate the two in your mind sometimes, but you have to remember that is your weakness not theirs. God tells us to love everyone. Any sort of judgement of someones character is a sin.

You speak of tough love but remember that it is not your job to judge someone and make decisions for their life. It is God's decision. It is extremely easy for Christians to think they are good people, but they are wrong. They are no better than the worst sinner. Our actions may be pure and others may be sinful but God loves us both the same, the exact same. God loves you only as much as he loved Adolf Hitler, and he created you the same as he created Hitler. The biggest sin of all (and easiest to commit) is judgment, that is a sin only God is allowed to commit.
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2011, 11:46:05 AM »

Abrasax,
I agree wholehartedly with your first paragraph. 

However, the second..........I believe the question was about bailing someon out of trouble as they continue to misuse you.  God does not require that we submit ourselves to be mistreated or become codependent.  You know when someone has mistreated you.  Now you can forgive them, but that doesn't require you again placing yourself in their line of fire.  It's like continuing to give money or allowing a drug addicted loved one to stay in your home when they continue to buy drug with the money and steal your things to finance their drug habit.  You can forigve them for stealing , but they don't get to stay in your home.......without some serious drug rehaban lifestyle changes.


Of course we can hate the sin and love the sinner. It can be hard to seperate the two in your mind sometimes, but you have to remember that is your weakness not theirs. God tells us to love everyone. Any sort of judgement of someones character is a sin.

You speak of tough love but remember that it is not your job to judge someone and make decisions for their life. It is God's decision. It is extremely easy for Christians to think they are good people, but they are wrong. They are no better than the worst sinner. Our actions may be pure and others may be sinful but God loves us both the same, the exact same. God loves you only as much as he loved Adolf Hitler, and he created you the same as he created Hitler. The biggest sin of all (and easiest to commit) is judgment, that is a sin only God is allowed to commit.
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2012, 03:51:24 PM »

This question has been discussed before. . .
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 08:44:53 PM »

More often than not, the sin is the justification to hate the person that would be hated anyway.
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2012, 01:46:57 PM »

More often than not, the sin is the justification to hate the person that would be hated anyway.

The problem is to get rid of that feeling
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Re: Can we hate the sin and still love the sinner?
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012, 06:19:21 AM »

Hmmm,
Do we all love Judas?  Do we love the crucifiers?  At one point as EGW talks of Satan wanting to be reinstated it almost gave a sympathy feeling of one of God's lost creations. We are not capable of the extent of God's love because we are not all knowing as He is especially when he rejected Satan's plea.  We can only use "human love as we know it".

We all know love as something very powerful and undying and also many times love is very hurtful for some lives and causes distruction when some think love is possession. I might be wrong but somehow I thought Love your "brother in Christ", do unto your neighbor has you would have them do unto you. Avoid all appearance of evil and if this is not true then why all the council on choices of friends, husbands and wives and mingling with evil. Then there is council to go out and preach the word to a dying world.

You want to do that with all your heart because of love for people and love for God's creations and hate that thousand will perish if they don't heed and come to your loving savior too but you cannot force so "love hurts". But only God can judge and know all and we have been given the ability to discern and without we are lost too if we constantly are within the gates of evil doers, sympathizers, and if this isn't right then why all the complaint of the actions of 3abn as they all follow the piper.
Now repentance brings them back into the fold of "loving" your brother and you have thus the feeling of melting heart. 

No, I do not love the evil that possess evil ones. But the great thing of repentance "melts your heart back to love" for the those. If this is not true then why does this "melting of heart actually happen?"  The evil choose to be evil. and...if I know it, I will shun it after you did all you could. The great feeling of love does give you an excruciating sick feeling for the lost as you know beyond doubt that God's feeling of lost is "hurtful beyond our knowing" to Him too.

Did TS family do what all was right to help....no they did not and now have the stigma of it all!  Instead  --they joined it, covered it, and now the price for all their choices was more victims, more distruction and their "selfish display" will still bring more to come into view. Therefore my question "What magnet brings in now Yvonne? What misconception of love does the Shelton clan have???

Does our church mingle to "use the assets of 3abn" knowing all that has transpired? Yes, it is beyond scary to me and totally feeling of overwhelmed with it all. But God knows and that is who I trust but I no longer feed the hay to the  :horse: that deposits back to the ground. or......does the church pick up the "manure" and "use to fertilize the fields"  Very mixed emotions for me! I don't like guessing games or confusion that I have to take extra effort to discern what I believe in. I hate the devil that creates this confusion. Is this one of the downfalls that EGW saw in vision and tears rolled down her cheeks. My exact sediments of where we are at now??? I never had time when I felt so much had to be done to help on the side of God for game playing and self indulged, luxury and expensive entertainment when special moments of peace and quite rest in Jesus is sufficient and most "thrilling". Too many will be lost!
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