Q&A: What Is a Better Way to Approach the Statement, "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin"?

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"With friends and family who are homosexual, the Christian narrative tends to be ‘love the sinner hate the sin.’ But when someone's identity is so interwoven with their sexual orientation, this message doesn't work. Can you share a better way of thinking this through?"

We’ve all heard someone say it: Love the sinner, hate the sin. But is it kind? Is it even biblical? In a culture where sexuality is so closely intertwined with identity, cliches like this one often end up hurting the ones we want to love. Listen in as Juli shares a more compassionate, biblical approach.  

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  • Susan Layton

    Susan Layton

    Julie, I have heard and internally recoiled at this statement many times. One friend started what I thought was the cliche, but then he wisely finished it like this: "Love the sinner, hate your own sin." I believe this more closely follows Jesus' teaching to "take the log from your own eye..." I so appreciated his insight. Thank you for your ministry! Susan