SIN IS LOVE??
There is a certain belief floating amongst many today in the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) Church where it says, "Sin is LOVE: The Core of Sin."
This ideology was derived from the concept that when one loves anything or anyone more than God, it is sin. You can read this concept in the book, "The Pharisee's Guide to Perfect Holiness," pages 33-35 by George R. Knight, a retired professor from Andrews University. It is the highest Seminary Institution of the SDA Church.
The book is based on the study of "sin and salvation." In fact, the book has influenced the doctrine of sin and salvation amongst many pastors and Administrative leaders of the SDA Church around the world.
This brief explanation is made to clarify that "SIN IS NOT LOVE." The Bible teaches that - "GOD IS LOVE" (1 John 4:16) and "Sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4). When you know the truth, you will know the error.
Can Sin Be Defined By LOVE?
Let’s answer this question and leave no more doubts in the minds of our readers as to what is sin and how sin is defined. Remember, any doctrine that contradicts the Bible is of the devil. Therefore, we must ensure that we do not make the Bible contradict itself. First, let’s define sin from the Bible.
1. What Is Sin?
The Bible says, “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. This text is the “only definition of sin” that can be found in the Scriptures.
The definition above did not say, "Sin is sin" or "Transgression is the transgression of the law" or "Sin is Love" or "Sin is by nature" or "We sin because we are sinners."
It is the “transgression of the law” that makes sin to exist. I repeat – sin is defined as "the breaking of the law." Whosoever broke the law is to be called “a sinner.” He is the one to receive the wages of sin which is eternal death because of his or her sin – (Ezekiel 18:4; 20; Romans 6:23). His sin and the wages of his sin are not inheritable by another person.
There are many texts in the Bible that talk about sin, but they are NOT the definition of sin. If the law is not transgressed, then sin cannot exist. Apparently, sin has to do with “the breaking of God’s law.”
Jesus Christ took our sins and died at Calvary as if he was the sinner. Since Christ took Adam and Eve's sins, none of us inherited his sin. Our sins are transferred to Christ alone.
2. What Does Spirit Of Prophecy Has To Say About The Definition Of Sin?
It says, “Our only definition of sin is that given in the word of God; it is "the transgression of the law;" The Great Controversy, p.493.
Please note what she never said, "Transgression is the transgression of the law" neither "Sin is Love" nor "Sin is sin."
But Professor George R. Night in his book mentioned above stated that Mrs. White said, "Transgression is the transgression of the law" (p.48). Actually, he twisted what Mrs. White said in a subtle way.
3. Can Sin Exist Without The Breaking OF God’s Law?
No! In order for sin to exist, the law has to exist first to tell all intelligent beings created by God what sin really is. The Bible says, “Without the law, there is no transgression” - (Romans 4:15). If the law is not present in the first place, then how would an intelligent being know what sin is? It is the law that tells what sin is. Again, Scripture says, “For by the law, is the knowledge of sin” - (Romans 3:20). The law defines what sin is. So, when the law is broken, only then can sin exist. Lucifer became a sinner because he transgressed God’s law. Adam became a sinner because he transgressed God’s law.
4. Can Sin Be Defined By Any Other Means?
No! Sin cannot be defined by any other means except by the breaking of the law. The mere existence of the law does not make sin exist. It is the transgression of the law that sin exists. I emphasize the point again - The one who breaks the law is to be called - “a sinner” or “a law breaker” or “a transgressor of the law.”
The one who does not break the law cannot be called “a sinner” or “a law breaker “or “a transgressor of the law.” Obviously, a baby cannot be called a sinner because of someone else who broke the law. We are not sinners because of Adam’s sin. We are not sinners because of the fallen sinful nature we inherited from Adam.
The belief that - Sin is by nature, Sin is love, Sin is a state, Sin is a condition, and Babies are born sinners is a hoax to serve Satans' purpose.
5. Can Sin Be Defined by FAITH?
No! Romans 14:23 says, “…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” It is a sin not to have faith in Christ, but faith is not the definition of sin. Adultery is sin, but adultery is not the definition of sin. Doubt is a sin, but doubt is not the definition of sin. Loving anything more than God is sin, but loving anything more than God is not the definition of sin.
6. Why Sin Has To Be Defined By The Law, and Not By Any Other Means?
Sin has to be defined by the law because God’s moral law is eternal. It is as eternal as God Himself. As long as God exists, His law will also exist. Before the angels were created, God’s law was in existence from eternity.
The character of God is reflected in His law. His law reveals what God is. He is not only merciful, but also just. Since God is eternal, therefore, His law is also eternal to reflect His character.
7. Where Did Sin Begin And By Whom? What does iniquity mean?
Sin existed in heaven through Lucifer – (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:13-15). Iniquity was found in him. Did he sin because he had a fallen sinful nature? No! He never had a fallen sinful nature at the time he committed sin. In fact, he had a sinless nature. How was he branded or condemned as a sinner? Because he transgressed the law of God – 1 John 3:4.
Where was sin found in Lucifer? In his heart. The heart refers to the mind. He was thinking evil while he had a sinless nature. He never had a fallen nature yet.
When did Lucifer transgress the law? When sin was found in his mind and that is refer to as "iniquity." That was the time the ACTof transgression of the law took place. The ACT took place in the heart/mind. Transgression of the law was found in his heart which is his mind. God alone sees the "iniquity" in his MIND.
What does "iniquity" mean? It is the sin in the heart/mind where nobody could see except God alone. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:28? He says, "When you look at a woman lustfully, you have already committed adultery."Transgression takes place in the heart/mind.
8. If God’s Law Never Existed From Eternity, Would Lucifer Be Found Guilty Of Loving Self?
No! Why? Well, what law would be able to condemn him of loving self if there wasn’t any law existing to condemn iniquity in him? Nothing! But because the law was present an define what sin is, therefore, his self love, jealousy, hatred, and evil found in his heart/mind was exposed and condemned by the law. The law condemns the sinner of sin in the heart/ mind.
9. Can Sin Be Defined As LOVING SELF?
No! His loving of self became a sin BECAUSE THE LAW SAID SO. The law defined what sin is. Loving self does not really define what sin is. Loving self cannot be sin if the law does not declare loving self to be sin. Therefore, loving self is ONLY ONE OF THE MANY SINS DEFINED BY THE LAW. Loving self is too narrow to define what sin is. It is not the definition of sin. The true definition of sin is - "sin is the transgression of the law - 1 John 3:4. That is why Lucifer was found sinful because of the transgression of the law in his heart/mind.
10. Can LOVE Be A Definition For Sin?
Someone says, “Sin is LOVE. Therefore, another definition for sin is LOVE.” Have you heard of this? Though it is true that when you love something more than God it is sin, however, LOVE is not the definition of sin.
For example: If you love a woman or a man outside of your marriage circle and committed adultery; it is a sin. What is the sin committed? Adultery is the sin committed. But adultery is not the definition of sin. Adultery is only one of the many sins defined by the law. It is the law that defines what sin is. Love does not define sin. And love cannot define sin. Loving a woman or a man does not define the sin of adultery. The law defines sin by saying, “loving a woman or a man outside of your marriage is sin.” It is the law that defines loving something more than God to be a sin.
Love cannot be used as a definition for sin. (Please do not let the devil twist God’s word).
10. Why Sin Cannot Be Defined As LOVE?
SIN CANNOT BE DEFINED AS LOVE BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS, “GOD IS LOVE.” – 1 John 4:16.The Bible does not teach that “sin is love. “ The Bible says, “Sin is the transgression of the law” – 1 John 3:4.
The teaching that “sin is love” is another contradiction of the Scriptures. This doctrine is a deception of the devil to mislead many today because it is so subtle. But you need to know that this teaching came out due to the belief that the fallen sinful nature is sin. Today’s new theology that embraces “sin is by nature and sin is love” is devilish and can cause many to lose their salvation.
In conclusion, let us get it right and not confuse ourselves again. YOU cannot define sin as LOVE. The truth is – “GOD IS LOVE.” God loves the sinner, but He hates sin because sin is the transgression of the law; it is the very opposite of His character.
If we continue to sin, and at the end God will destroy the sinners who do not repent - 2 Peter 3:8-10. He will get rid of sinners in order to remove sin. He has fixed a day already to destroy the wicked after the second resurrection.