Hate the Sin – Love the Sinner – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Hate the Sin – Love the Sinner

John 8:1-11

Intro: A Spirit-filled Christian needs to know how to do both. And you can do both.

You do not have to choose one or the other.

I believe with all my heart that Jesus was the epitome of this.

There is no question that He hated sin.

I. Hate the Sin

We should hate sin because of…

               A. Its Premise – I am god; I make my own laws.

The premise of sin is one of independence from God and dependence upon self.

The premise of sin is one of self-sufficiency, self-authority and self-worship.

The original sin that started in Heaven was one of self-exaltation, self-worship and disregard for God.

Isaiah 14

  • 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
  • 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
  • 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Satan lured Adam and Even into sin by telling them that they would be a god.

  • Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

When we sin, we ignore God and we ignore God’s commandments.

We become our own authority; we follow our own desires.

We should hate sin because of…

               B. Its Process

We should hate sin because of the way it works.

It starts out small, but it doesn’t stop.

2 Timothy 2

  • 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

SEE LEVITICUS 13 – sin is like leprosy; it starts out under the skin and then it eats you alive.

I’m sure this woman didn’t set out to commit adultery.

It probably started out as an innocent conversation down at the Wal-Mart.

It may have started out just looking at pictures on her friends Instagram account.

It may have started out as a text message or a Facebook message.

But sin is a process. It is not content with small, little, innocent thoughts and actions.

It keeps on building and getting more and more involved until you’re fast in the trap.

James 1

  • 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
  • 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Most people fail to recognize that sin starts a process and doesn’t stop until it is finished.

You don’t decide when it is finished – it does.

We should hate sin because of…

               C. Its Pretense

For Satan to lure you into sin, he must successfully deceive you into thinking there will be a different outcome.

There were two groups of sinners in this story.

                              1. The Pretense of the Sin that was Caught

  • vs. 4 “…taken in adultery, in the very act…”

Sin has a way of making you think you can sin and not get caught.

No doubt this woman had a husband, or the man had a wife, or both.

Neither of them expected to be caught in the very act of adultery.

But they bought into the lie that you can sin and get away with it.

  • Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

                              2. The Pretense of the Sins that were Concealed

  • John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Sin has a way of making you think that if you don’t get caught, that it is not sin.

  • Psalms 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

We should hate sin because of…

               D. Its Penalty – vs. 5 “Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned…”

Lust bringeth forth sin, sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.

Starts out small, gets bigger; gets deeper.

Leprosy comparison. Leviticus 13

  • Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

II. Love the Sinner

God loves sinners. John 3:16 makes that clear.

  • Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

We should love sinners because of…

               A. Their Bondage

The sinner is a slave to sin.

  • Exodus 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

Egypt, a picture of the world, and Pharaoh, a picture of Satan had God’s people in bondage.

Just like the children of Israel, those that are unsaved have their lives bitter with hard bondage.

  • Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

Hebrews 2

  • 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
  • 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

We should love sinners because of…

               B. Their Burdens

Exodus 6

  • 5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
  • 6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
  • 7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

We should love sinners because of…

               C. Their Battles

How can you hate someone fighting sin, self and Satan all alone?

Do you have any idea how hard it is to fight the battle without God?

You and I fight battles. Our flesh pulls us toward sin.

But we have the help of the Holy Spirit to assist us.

We have the continual intercession of the Son of God to intercede for us.

We have the power of God to resist the temptations.

The sinner has to fight that battle alone.

Do you have any idea how many unsaved people try to stop drinking?

How many drunkards attend AA meetings? How many drug addicts are in rehab?

We should love sinners because of…

               D. Their Brokenness

The sinner is a life that is broken; scarred and marred by sin.

The devil has chewed them up and spit them out.

Their dreams are shattered.

Their mind is darkened.

Can you imagine the level of deception and confusion in the mind of someone without God?

There has been no light to enlighten.

There has been no truth to convince.

Their understanding is limited.

They are dead. They are blind. They are deaf. They are in need of quickening.

We should love sinners because of…

               E. Their Banishment

Without someone to love them and win them, they will never be allowed to enter into Heaven.

They will never be permitted through the gates of that city.

Revelation 21

  • 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
  • 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
  • 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
  • 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
  • 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
  • Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.