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To: Salvation
Doesn't this fly in the face of "Love the sinner; hate the sin?"

Not in the slightest. Showing respect to someone who is committing serious sin encourages them and confirms them in their course of action.

If you encountered someone who was in the habit of bragging or flaunting the fact that he was an adulterer and proclaiming his adultery as an "identity" of which he was "proud" you would do your best to avoid the company of someone like that. You certainly wouldn't show him respect.

43 posted on 07/31/2003 9:27:10 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: wideawake
**If you encountered someone who was in the habit of bragging or flaunting the fact that he was an adulterer and proclaiming his adultery as an "identity" of which he was "proud" you would do your best to avoid the company of someone like that. You certainly wouldn't show him respect.**

I would hope that my encounter with them would also contain a confrontation with them (Jesus did this too.), calling them to take a look at their sin and also to look at living outside the sin (The Smaritan Woman story comes to mind.) and then asking them to make a choice.

Their choice then, would be to live in sin or to make a change in their life and to live in line with the rules of God.

I could then respect them as a person while still hating the sin. Belive me, I know; my brother was a homosexual who died of AIDS.

Only God can be the judge.
49 posted on 07/31/2003 9:41:55 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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