Back in August of this year I preached my second sermon. The first was when I was a teen in Youth Group.
For the second, I chose for my text Isaiah 6.
In that sermon I challenged a frequently expressed sentiment (at least in our church) that ‘God hates the sin but loves the sinner.’
I recognize that there are many messages being sent when this phrase is put forward. I do not desire to trample on anyone’s appreciation of God’s love for those He came to save. I REJOICE in this gracious merciful reality! Yet, there is a flaw in this proposition. Here we are essentially led to believe that God loves all sinners… while hating their sin. How does this sit with you? How does this sit with God’s spoken Word?
Does God tell us that He loves all sinners while hating their sin?
(…here is where I crazily entrust myself to the internet to render a response… much like the 8-ball… that little plastic ball which apparently answered all our requests for knowledge… back in the day. hahah)
Further, in the message, I made the statement that God never forgives sin. Is this a correct understanding? How about Psalm 103:12? Does this verse teach forgiveness of sin or forgiveness of a sinner?
I could dismiss this all as being unimportant… but that would disclude the very real questions being asked. I have some thoughts, but here is where I am listening to the thoughts of others from their understanding of the Word.
Please speak up for Truth here, with humility… and thank you.