A Question I Was Asked:

Does God Hate the Sinner as Well as the Sin as Some Now Teach?

Currently many Calvinists are teaching that the phrase "God loves the sinner but hates sin" is biblically wrong. They say God also hates sinners and not just sin (especially the non-elect). That means they believe God doesn't have any kind of love or mercy towards the people He hasn't predestined for salvation. But I suspect that there is no biblical support for that idea. What do you think?

UK Apologetics Reply:

I haven't heard about this new slant among some sections of Calvinism. I must say that it sounds more like 'hyper-Calvinism' to me (which Calvin himself would certainly have rejected), and I am aware that hyper-Calvinism is still around (although such people will never admit they are 'hyper-Calvinists').

You are right. There is no biblical support for this idea. There are simply far too many Scriptures which such a view would have to try to explain away. Numerous Scriptures could be quoted to show that God does not hate sinners.

Just look at this excerpt from an old article of mine, I quote it because the article happens to mention some of those Scriptures:

"...So let us recognise that - according to the Scripure - Christ is 'The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world' (John 1:29), that 'God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved' (though many teach exactly the opposite) (John 3:17), that Jesus Himself said that He gave His flesh, 'for the life of the world' (John 6:51) (though many say that Christ's sacrifice means that the world is now condemned), that Jesus said that when He is 'lifted up from the earth', He would 'draw all peoples ' to Himself (John 12:32). Please note: "all peoples" seems to go beyond the elect (especially when that 'elect' is the very small group which it often is within Calvinism).

Moreover, Peter states that '..God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him' (Acts 10:34-35), Paul too consistently presents a picture of God's utter impartiality in dealing with the people of the world. For God will, 'render to each one according to his deeds; eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth...indignation and wrath...for there is no partiality with God' (Romans 2:6-11). Moreover, while some picture a Hell which will eventually contain the overwhelming majority of humankind (one noted evangelical even said that those in Hell might be at liberty to continue to sin for eternity!!) Paul clearly shows that the victory of Christ will be a complete triumph: 'But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many...where sin abounded, grace abounded much more' (Romans 5:15-20). Paul also said that 'He died for all' (2 Cor. 5:15) and that 'God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them...' (2 Cor. 5:19)." (From 'An Inclusivist Defends Evangelical Inclusivism,' 2009, Robin A. Brace. See link at foot of page).

So there are a wealth of Scriptures to show that God loves the world, yes, including those who are sinners at the present moment (John 3:16-17). In fact, He died for us while we were still in our sins; indeed, we never fully escape sin whilst in the flesh. So such a teaching is dreadfully self-righteous. I presume, of course, that the brand of Calvinism which has arrogantly adopted this unbiblical teaching firmly believes that they themselves are saved and elect believers??

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10, NIV).

Robin A. Brace. April 3rd, 2015.

An Evangelical Inclusivist Defends Evangelical Inclusivism