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Sin

“God hates the sin, loves the sinner”?

“The cliché, God hates the sin but love the sinner, is false on the face of it and should be abandoned. Fourteen times in the first fifty Psalms alone, we are told that God hates the sinner, His wrath is on the liar, and so forth. In the Bible, the wrath of God rests both on the sin (Romans 1:18ff) and on the sinner (John 3:36).”  ~ D.A. Carson
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About Eric "Gunny" Hartman

Gunny is pastor of Providence Church in Plano, TX, and has taught at Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has completed coursework for a PhD in Rhetoric at University of Texas at Arlington and tries to be a good father to his 4 kiddos, exhibited by coaching a girls soccer team.

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One thought on ““God hates the sin, loves the sinner”?

  1. Doesn’t that argument conflict with what Jesus said about loving your enemies though? Because if God supposedly hates people specifically then that would make God a hypocritical liar for Jesus saying: “hate is murder” and the Holy Spirit speaking through John: “whoever hates their brother is in darkness” ? I personally don’t find anything wrong with that expression theologically as a Christian, as long as it isn’t used as an excuse to sin.

    Posted by Ben Umnus | July 3, 2011, 12:32 pm

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