Thoughts About Sin: The Ultimate Hatred
Author Lance Phelps - 6 minute read
Just the other day I posted to Facebook: "I cannot think of a more intense form of hatred than this: to encourage someone to remain in sin." But in our culture how much do we actually encounter this? It is increasing everyday. Now, it is expected that those who are outside of the church would encourage others to live in sin. But the problem that we face today is an ever increasing contingent of professing Christians either doing nothing to get rid of sin (larger portion) or they are actively applauding sin (smaller portion). This is a grave problem that we face as Christ followers. Paul says it best:
"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."
But What Is Sin, Anyway?
Yet credit may be given for many of the Christians who even actively support those who are living in sin: they may be simply misguided. But in truth this is not an excuse, or course, for we know what is and is not sin for the most part (there are little sins that might escape our subconscious notice but for the present conversation these are not the sins are are discussing). Paul tells us in Romans 1 that we know what sin is but we suppress the truth. So how do we know that something is sin? Quite simply put: for the Bible tells us so. There is nuance here. At times an action of some might not be sin while the same action is sin for others because of the heart behind that action. Here in this culture and for the purposes of this post sin is frankly obvious. We see it all around us: pride, idolatry (worshiping family, work, etc.), sexual immorality (homosexuality, porn, adultery, etc.), greed, and so much more. We know that this is sin.
The support for these sins is largely implicit. We as a church simply do nothing to stop these sins. Church discipline, due to the ever increasing mixture of extreme individualism and relativism, is a dirty word. We do not have strong men standing up and fighting against sin with with the fire of love in their eyes. We have empty pleas from a limp pulpit.
But there is a growing number of Christian leaders (quite a few of them I would have to call "christian") that are coming out in open support of sins such as homosexuality.
Now to the point of this post: if you support sin you are engaging in a hatred of infinite proportion. It is said by the cultural elite that those who do not support the LGBT community hate them. But I cannot see love in the act of cheering on those who taunt God's wrath. No, if you encourage sin you are saying that God is not worthy of worship and praise. This is a sin of untold measure.
Of course, those who demand that we support the LGBT community are seeing it from a naturalistic framework. There is no hell for them. There is no wrath of God coming. There is no ultimate morality that we must adhere to. But if this were so then there is no need to go on about love, peace, and acceptance. For the only reality would than be hatred, power, and death.
Death, however, was defeated at the hands of the true reality. And it is by his truth that we all must pattern our lives. Jesus Christ died on a wooden cross and rose again on the third day and death was defeated once and for all. The power of sin was undone and Christ proved beyond doubt that He is God. All that Jesus teaches is true. And no one taught us more about the reality of hell than him. So we can only conclude this: if you cheer on sin you hate the one who is sinning. For you would rather see them "happy" in the moment and suffer infinite wrath then see them covered by the blood of the cross.