• Is it true that God “loves the sinner but hates the sin”? Question and Answer

    Malachi 1:2-3

    You hear this statement all the time. It comes under the category of us trying to help out God. There are elements of the revelation of God that are difficult for us to take. One of these is anytime we associate the word “hate” with God. It’s hard for us to do that, but we have it in Scripture. This idea that God hates the sin but loves the sinner is contrary to two Psalms (Pss. 5:5; 11:5) and the opening verses of the book of Malachi: “Esau have I hated, Jacob have I loved” (Mal. 1:2–3). We have to … View Resource

  • How do we overcome sin? Question and Answer

    Sin is what needs to be overcome in sanctification. So sin is the enemy in sanctification. I go back to the Heidelberg Catechism, and at the end of the exposition of the Ten Commandments near the end of the Heidelberg Catechism, the question asks, “Why does God want this law to be preached so passionately?” And the answer is because He calls us to holiness even though He knows that the holiest of men in this life have only small beginnings of the obedience to which we’re called. So sin remains very much the reality in which we live and … View Resource

  • Scripture says that Christ stated the unforgivable sin as being blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Can you expand on that, and how should I pray for someone committing that sin? Question and Answer

    Mark 3:28-29

    There’s a lot of confusion over the sin that Jesus says cannot be forgiven either in this world or in the world to come. Some people think that the unforgivable sin is murder because the Old Testament gives us such strong sanctions against murder and says that if a person has committed murder, even if he repents, he is still to be executed. Others believe that it’s adultery because adultery violates the union of two people. As gross as these sins may be, I don’t think they fit the description here because we see that King David, for example, who … View Resource