Commenting at...Can you really hate the sin...part 5
This is part of an ongoing conversation at Faith Autopsy. This in response to part 5, where Ben elevates my comments to blog-postdom.
Is HtS,LtS (hate the sin love the sinner) a distillation of Jude1:22-23 " 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. "?
We are to show mercy (love) while ***hating*** the things stained by the sins of the flesh.
I haven't been searching for answers to this topic, but I thought of this conversation when I came across these words this morning in my devotions.
That's the ESV. Here is the Message, " Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven." That's pretty good as well.
I read it first in the New Century Version. '23 Take others out of the fire, and save them. Show mercy mixed with fear to others, hating even their clothes which are dirty from sin.'
God is good
I think Romans 12 is very good as well.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.... 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Everything in the middle is important as well. But let's talk about some who claim to believe in Jesus but are very offensive, the crew from Westboro Baptist.
Can't we be vigorously opposed to the evil they are doing, in fact, hate it? Can we also try to love them? Can we overcome their evil with good?
God is good