A writer for the popular theology website DesiringGod.org defended the approach of “hate the sin, love the sinner.”
In a column titled “Love the Sinner — by Hating His Sin,” Greg Morse of Desiring God wrote about the need for “more men and women who do not fear making someone uncomfortable in order to protect their soul.”
“Of course, this does not justify becoming brash, graceless, and harsh. But we also want to avoid creating safe spaces for sin in our fellowship where the cane of specificity is outlawed, even when used to get one another to safety,” wrote Morse.
“God, save us from nurturing spaces where we never address individuals, call all standards ‘legalistic,’ secretly coddle our own iniquity, and think wrongly about humility. Consider these four dangers in turn.”
Morse drew the historical parallel to the Allied captain at the Normandy invasion on D-Day 1944, who individually struck soldiers under his command with a cane in order to encourage them onward.
“Some did not move — they were already dead. But the living, having been generally called and personally admonished, snapped out of it and went on to better cover,” Morse explained.
Morse went on to note the importance of believers offering correction when necessary, calling for Christians to “patiently and lovingly address individuals, build good habits together, invite others to hate our sin, and think rightfully about humility.”
“We love the sinner by hating his sin. We hate our own sin, first and foremost, and we take others’ sin seriously because we take their eternal good seriously. We do not wound to cause harm. We wound as the Almighty does: to bind up and heal,” he wrote.
The cliché “hate the sin, love the sinner” has garnered its share of criticism in both mainstream American society and within churches.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski