Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin

Q. Recently a group calling themselves “Gay Christians” have put up a billboard on our local highway announcing that it is OK to be Christian and gay. While I know that God hates all types of sins, how does a “straight” Christian handle comments, activities, etc., regarding this group?

A. While I doubt anything you do or say could change this group’s position, both the Old and New Testaments specifically identify homosexuality as a sin. No number of protestations to the contrary can change that. But remember, Jesus died for our sins, and there’s nothing in the Bible that excludes homosexuality from God’s forgiveness. We’re all sinners of one type or another, although most of us don’t put up billboards to advertise our sins.

In 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 Paul said we shouldn’t associate with people who call themselves Christians but are openly involved in sinful behavior. But He also said if possible, as far as it depends upon us, we should live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18). To many people this means we should love the sinner but hate the sin. How do we do that? 1 John 5:16 says if we see a believer committing a sin we should pray for that person, asking God to forgive him or her.

By the way, the sin John mentioned there that leads to death is the sin of refusing the pardon Jesus purchased for us with His blood. All other sins can be forgiven.

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