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A Word on “Hate”

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It is okay to hate things like murder, envy, lies, gossip, and all other forms of evil. Indeed, God hates these things (Prov. 6:16-19). Sin is sin, and Christians must hate all sin…

…except homosexuality. We can’t hate homosexuality (according to society).

By now, nearly everyone who takes a stand against homosexuality is labeled ‘a person of hate.’ If a student makes an anti-homosexual comment at school, he can get detention. If an employ exercises his freedom-of-speech and takes a stand against homosexuality, he can get fired for being ‘intolerant.’ If you boycott a company that supports a homosexual agenda, you are labeled “discriminatory” or “prejudiced.”

Oh how Satan loves to play word games.

This issue needs to be clarified, especially for Christians who are second-guessing their stance against homosexuality. Christians must hate sin, but love the sinner!

Let me tell you something about me: I hate sin.

If that makes me full of hate, then I’m full of hate. But that makes God full of hate too, because God hates sin (Heb. 1:9; Psa. 97:10; 119:104; Rev. 2:6; Isa. 59:2). But like God, I love the sinner. God loves sinners so much that His Son died for them (Rom. 5:8).

That’s why I hate murder, but I love the murderer. I hate lies, but I love the liar. I hate theft, but I love the thief. I hate dishonesty, but I love the cheater. I hate drunkenness, but I love the drunkard. I hate fornication, but I love the fornicator. I hate homosexuality, but I love the homosexual.

In fact, the reason I hate homosexuality is because I love the homosexual!

I want homosexuals to go to heaven, and I realize they can never go to heaven unless they stop practicing their homosexuality (1 Cor. 6:9-10; cf. Rom. 6:1).

That’s not hate, that’s love.

The people who are actually full of hate are those who accept homosexuality. They don’t care about the destiny of the soul. After all, the Bible is very clear about what God thinks about homosexuality. Those who practice it cannot enter heaven (1 Cor. 6:9-10; cf. Rom. 1:26-27, Jude 7). The best way to show someone you don’t care about them is to never take a stand against their sin.

Supporting homosexuality is hating the homosexual.

Don’t let Satan deceive you with his word games.

Christians, as you stand for truth, remember the persecution you are promised: “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12). When the world ridicules you and applies the “hate” label to you, remember the apostles, who rejoiced “that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for His name” (Acts 5:41).

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Tim. 6:11-12).

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2 Responses to A Word on “Hate”

  1. Wes McAdams June 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM #

    Well said, brother!

  2. Nellie March 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM #

    Well stated, and thank you for the biblical authorities cited.

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