God loves the sinner but hates the sin is a common expression in many Christian circles. But is it true? Where does this saying come from? Though anyone is welcome to add their two cents in on this, it is primarily an in-house discussion. It might be more fun for skeptics to watch us Christians bicker over the question; especially if you’re not well versed in Christian theology and specific knowledge of biblical concepts — it will only complicate and side track the discussion.
I think this tidbit of Christianese is offered in good intention, but shouldn’t be concluded given the Bible’s message on sin and sinners. I get the impression that it makes Christians who’d offer this slogan feel as though they aren’t being judgemental of persons, but instead are only assessing the sinfulness of particular behaviors. I can appreciate this, but in my opinion, it’s not a concept found in the Bible.
I suppose this slogan has its genesis in the idea that ‘God so loved the world…’ and similar passages. But I don’t think that’s what this, or any thematically similar verses are conveying. God offered a rescue from the eternal consequences of our iniquities, I agree. And we also find passages affirming that God loves repentant sinners who have not conquered their sins. However, I can’t recall any passages which separate the sinner from his sin. But we do find at least two passages in the Psalms declaring that God hates the person who does iniquity and who loves violence with no caveats.
Psalm 5:5 — The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity.
Psalm 11:5 — The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
From where does the concept of separating the sin and the sinner come?