If we are children of God, made in His image, we should love that which God loves and hate that which God hates. God loves sinners, or He wouldn't have sent His Son to provide a way of reconciliation for us. But he hates sin, evidenced by the declarations in the bible of the final state of sinners.
bob>That's a good way to put that to support the "love the sinner hat the sin" quote that is so popular today, but the fact is God hates the sinner AND the sin they commit Sodaom is a good example of this. The stand in the gap tribe is another example. The sin is the product of the sinner and his heart. One can't separate the sin from the sinner. God does not send the sin to hell and the sinner to heaven, right?
Do you love a sinner enough to tell them the truth about sin? Or do you hate the sinner along with the sin and condemn them, without a chance of redemption? So please explain to me why we shouldn't love the sinner and hate the sin. If your entire argument is based on how soft churches and people are about tough love, you are saying that because people can't measure up to what God says we shouldn't even try. You are missing that God loved us when we were sinners, in spite of the fact of our sin which made us worthy only of death, or He wouldn't have supplied a way of salvation for us.
bob>I am with a prison ministry and the issue they have is their sins are well known and most accept they did the crime and the time. We do reach them as that's what God told us to do, we reach them and I don't know them at first, so I don't love them, some are rats but most are good people. So, I don't present Chrsit to them and help them get back into life on the right path because I love them, I don't know them, I pray for them, I work in their interest as it's good for them to follow the path we lay out, but I do it because it's God's will and I want to do it. I do it for God and for them. Did that answer your questions?