Hate the Sin but Love the Sinner?
How many of us have heard (and even believed) phrases like, “We’re all God’s children.” Or, “Jesus loves you, just the way you are.” And this one: “Hate the sin but love the sinner.” Many believe this idea of hating the sin but loving the sinner is actually IN the Bible itself. One person I spoke with recently INSISTED it was in the Bible and was going to prove it to me by locating the chapter and verse. I explained such a thing could not be done because it is NOT in the Bible, and in fact, this was a phrase coined by the Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi. And while it may SOUND good, the fact is, it’s just NOT biblical.
This past June, my wife and I went to minister on the streets at the homosexual “Pride” parade in Columbus, Ohio, one of the largest of such events in the country. There were a half million people there, all celebrating the broad spectrum of all manner of sexual perversion. A total of 22 of us showed up from all over the country on a mission to share the truth of God’s Word with them. It was an experience I will never forget, for we truly witnessed the utter delusion of reprobate minds and the demonic wrath of the militant LGBTQ+ agenda firsthand.
Among the crowd were countless parents with young children. One mother came walking past our little group with her two young children walking beside her, one holding each of her hands. As she came by, she told her kids loudly, “Don’t even look at those hateful bigots!” Nearby were two nearly-naked men kissing and simulating homosexual acts on the sidewalk in broad daylight, …and yet it was us CHRISTIANS who were not to be looked upon by young children. Such is the world we live in, …as it was in the days of Noah and Lot.
It didn’t surprise me that only 22 of us showed up to minister and speak truth. Sadly, the vast majority of Christians will NEVER share their faith with anyone, much less face a crowd of a half-million people who hate you. Nor did it surprise us that there were nearly forty CHURCHES IN the parade, marching to show their support of homosexuality, “gay marriage,” “transgenderism,” and “pride.” Because more and more professing Christian “churches” today are becoming absolutely apostate. Some carried signs that read, “We are sorry for the way the church has treated you.” There were parade floats declaring, “God thinks you’re fabulous!” And “LGBT Families for Jesus!” And as we began to preach at the very beginning, the crowd along the parade route began singing back to us, defiantly: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Truly, they DO believe God loves them just the way they are. Because this is what the so-called “open and affirming” “churches” tell them. And make no mistake, these “open and affirming churches” HATE people like us, just as much as the sodomites do.
Other churches, that DO still profess to believe that sexual deviancy is wrong, also look down upon our efforts to minister on the streets, because, they say, “We are to hate the sin but love the sinner.” To them we are “Radical Fundamentalists.” They tell us, “Jesus loves everyone; shame on you for going there to tell them they’re wrong…. we just need to show them the love of Jesus!”
But is this really the case? DOES Jesus REALLY love EVERYONE? Are we ALL God’s children? Does He accept us all, just the way we are? Is His love truly unconditional? Because this is what the vast majority of churches in America are teaching today. Certainly the pastor is extremely RARE that is willing to touch the subjects of sexual deviancy or abortion or Islam with a ten-foot pole — except to preach on God’s unconditional love for the whole world. And so we now have a MAJORITY of church-goers in this country who believe, right now, today, that homosexual so-called “marriage” is just fine, and the number of those who believe this lie is growing — because their shepherds refuse to speak the truth of the WHOLE counsel of God.
Why won’t they? Well, it’s not popular, and it’s controversial. These pastors hate dealing with conflict and they hate the thought of someone in their congregation getting upset or made to feel uncomfortable. It’s not that the sermons they preach are necessarily unbiblical. It’s what they DON’T say that’s the problem. It’s what they WON’T say… Because by preaching AROUND “touchy’ subjects, they compromise the Word of God, leaving their flocks to fend for themselves when it comes to Biblical knowledge and wisdom.
What was the message of John the Baptist as he prepared the way for Jesus’ earthly ministry? “REPENT! For the Kingdom of God is at hand!” After John was arrested, we read in Mark 1, Jesus Himself came into Galilee saying, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; REPENT and believe the Gospel!” Indeed, the requirement of repentance for salvation and the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed throughout God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation. Yet today, we are simply told, “Jesus loves you just the way you are.” In fact, we’re told, “We’re ALL God’s children.”
Friends, if you believe that, you have been grossly misled. God’s love has ALWAYS been conditional. If it were not so, then Adam and Eve would not have needed to leave the Garden of Eden after they sinned; if it were not so, God would not have been so grieved that He had made man, that He destroyed all but 8 in the flood of Noah’s day; if it were not so, Sodom and Gomorrah would not have endured God’s wrath. And if it were not so, then JESUS HIMSELF would not have had to suffer and die a torturous death on the cross to redeem those who humbly turn to Him in sorrowful repentance.
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