Many times you have either heard someone say, or perhaps you have said it yourself – “love the sinner but hate the sin.” I think this is a phrase we should throw in the trash can and be done with. Let me tell you why.
This phrase is used to excuse sin. Only the first part of it is ever actually enforced. The “hate the sin” part just conveniently gets forgotten. And if you do hate the sin, well, you are generally marked up as a hateful person, right?
Think about how this phrase applies to God. Does God love the sinner but hate the sin? Well, He certainly does hate sin, but guess what? He also hates the sinner! Yep. Check it out:
Psalms 5:5 ESV The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
Psalms 11:5 ESV The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Yes, God in His mercy in Christ chooses to set His love upon those He elects to save. He loved us before we loved Him. But the fact is that He hates evildoers. He hates the wicked. For God, this phrase more accurately reads, “Hate the sinner and hate the sin.” Which makes His saving mercy in Christ even more incredible.
So let’s stop getting sucked in by these kinds of phrases coined by the ignorant. All this particular phrase does is strive to let the wicked off the hook. God isn’t going to do that.