Attention Christians: It Is OK To Hate Sin

Real Christians Actually Hate All Sin

Attention Christians: It Is OK To Hate Sin
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The pseudo-pious will often show how “godly” they are by publicly proclaiming they have the love of God and there is no room for hatred in them, including hating the sins of others, Just think that one out for a moment. Not only is it not logical, it is not Biblically sound.

I trust every true disciple realizes the world system is really pushing hard to make us fit into their mold. As it was in the days of the early church, in the times of the Apostles, and just afterwards, the force of the world to discredit the Word of God and encourage disciples to accept worldly standards is a force to be reckoned with, and, in my opinion is even stronger in our times.

 

It is very sad to say that sometimes some Christians, especially well-known Christians (or the well-known that claim to be Christian), cave-in to what the world says, ignoring the whole counsel of the Holy Bible.

 

Lame Philosophy

 

I came across something and I am going to change the words slightly to avoid brother - sister bashing (just in case they actually are Christians). That would serve no good purpose. Also, since the words I am going to somewhat quote are part of a philosophy circulating within “Christendom”, do not assume only one person said it.

 

Essentially the first three lines read something like, “You have heard it said, ‘love the sinner but hate the sin.’ How about you just hate your own sin. I do not have time to hate your sin since there are too many of you.”

 

This is in direct conflict to a number of Biblical points. For one thing, it neglects the fact seen through much of Holy Scripture that the world system can have an adverse effect upon the true Christian.

It is written in James 1:27, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Many denominations and other religious groups do well with visitation, but are definitely defiled. The command to be unspotted would certainly cause me to think that I would hate to develop spots. Spots here remind me of spots of leprosy which throughout the Word consistently represents sin.

 

"How about you hate your own sin" sounds like the disciple could not care less about what binds and weighs down the unsaved or their fellow Christian. How can I possibly love a sinner but not hate the fact they are bound by sin? Like a cancer, sin needs to be dealt with. An important facet of the Gospel is that Christ came to save us from sin.

 

No time to hate other's sins because there are too many people? This type of thinking encourages an excuse to the weak in Christ not to get involved in taking a stand for Biblical marriage, human life, decency and a host of other praiseworthy things. It encourages some to turn their back upon injustice, sexual abuse and perversion, binding addictions and more.

 

A real Christian hates all sin, whether he is personally dealing with it or whether it is far from him. A real Christian ought to hate human trafficking, child abuse, torturing of Christians, and everything else that is wrong.

 

Denying Part Of Our Mission

 

The last part of this shamefully lame philosophy said something like, "I have a full-time job hating my own sin. So, you hate your sin and I will hate my sin – let us just love each other."

 

The first sentence is in direct contradiction to Jude 23, "And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." Oftentimes in God's Word clothing represents one's state of righteousness. The garment in this verse is spotted by the flesh, actually alluding to an undergarment spotted by human filth. Care to handle dirty underwear, anyone?

 

Let me give an example. Let us say you are perfectly healthy but are taking care of someone with a terrible virus. They are too weak to do much, so you have to pick up their used nasal tissues or handkerchiefs, get a vessel for them to spit in, change the linens they are lying on and so on. I am sure you would want to be careful. How much more should we be concerned about being infected by sin?

 

To say we have a full-time job taking care of our own sin is another way for one to recoil from the spiritual battle we are in. It seems to me Christians that hold to this thinking have no concept of spiritual warfare. Passages in Daniel and elsewhere indicate that demons hold limited power over areas, cities, regions and nations.

 

We have no time to hate the sin of murders, rapes, vandalism and more occurring in the name of some religion or because of some political agenda? Are we to be Christians focused upon ourselves and not consider world need? Well, the pseudo-pious will show they care about the temporal needs of the world, but to many it is best they ignore, or even deny, spiritual need lest they are confronted with their own spiritual poverty.

 

Not caring about the sin of the world is also against Ephesians 5:11 {1}, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." Strong {2} notes the Greek word here translated as "reprove" can mean . . .

1) to convict, refute, confute

1a) generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted

1b) by conviction to bring to the light, to expose

2) to find fault with, correct

2a) by word

2a1) to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove

2a2) to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation

2b) by deed

2b1) to chasten, to punish

 

Wow! Shame is actually mentioned in 1a of the above definition, and no doubt is part of our job as directed by the Holy Spirit. This is supported by the fact that verse 12 continues and mentions shame: "For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret."

 

Godly shaming was an effective tool of loving discipline since the time Adam sinned. Starting just after the middle of the 20th century it became less popular and in the 21st century those that use godly shaming are shamefully shamed by others. As a result, in our time, less and less evil is being done in secret and much more is being brazenly done in the open. There is hardly any shame unless you are a Christian or at least hold to Judaeo-Christian values.

 

If you are still not convinced that actively and openly hating sin IS part of "our job", consider verse 13: "But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatever does make manifest is light." Jesus said to His disciples, then and today (Matthew 5:14a), "You are the light of the world."

 

Someone might well bring up Matthew 7:3-5. That passage does not indicate we should do nothing about other peoples' sin. It does show both sides need to deal with sin, and work together at it.

 

Abandoning The Spiritually Needy

 

"So, you hate your sin and I will hate my sin." Must the sinner or weak Christian battle their sin alone? If I took that attitude, Dorcas and I would never pray for married couples in trouble and considering d-iv-or-c-e {3}. If there would not be Christians that cared about drug addiction there would never be ministries like Teen Challenge. If Christians did not care about unwanted children there would be less orphanages. I think you get the point.

 

In witnessing, we need to sense, and deal with, the binding forces each lost person is chained to. Anything less is not total godly love for the unsaved person.

 

"Let us just love each other." Given the context of the whole lame philosophy presented in the online image I saw, that love is the love the world gives. It is certainly not of God. That phrase sounds sweet though, – sickening sweet.

 

Want to be loving like Christ? Then let us follow this (Isaiah 61:1): "The Spirit of YHWH GOD is upon me; because YHWH has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."

 

Sin imprisons and binds. We are not to hate it? What did Christ say to the woman caught in adultery? Did He not say "Go and sin no more?" If we are truly going to love the sinner then we must hate sin, within our own-self, in the person we are dealing with and no matter where sin is found.

 

A Big Reason To Hate Sin

 

What sent Christ to a painful shameful death on the cross? It was my sin, your sin, the sin of the world. Each of us should hate sin, no matter where we encounter it. If we do not hate sin, not only do we not really love the sinner, but we do not love Christ to the fullest. We become milquetoast messengers of any gospel we have left to present.

 

Hear the Word of God (1John 3:8): "He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." To not hate sin is to not have love for what Christ did upon the cross to destroy sin. Let us really love the sinner by really hating sin outside and inside of us and dealing with it based upon the Word of God and directed by the Holy Spirit.

 

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{1} Listen to the message, or watch the video, for Be Truly Called Out by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M151 .

 

{2} From an electronic version of Strong's Exhaustive Concordance.

 

{3} That word is purposely broken apart to avoid unwanted ads. Experts Column gives me the liberty to do that.

 

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the American King James Version (AKJV) changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates and adding “(The Existing One)” to readily express the meaning of His Name without making repeated explanations in articles. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. Usage of the AKJV does not mean I condone the entire work of the AKJV. I use the AKJV in articles partly because its Copyright directives are less cumbersome than those of the New King James.

 

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