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Is Unconditional Acceptance and Unconditional Love Biblical?

Updated on December 8, 2016
The sand of "unconditional love" and acceptance.
The sand of "unconditional love" and acceptance.

The terms unconditional love and unconditional acceptance are the flags that are raised high in the modern church system today. According to Scripture, there is only one condition to being loved and accepted . It is by accepting the grace of our Father in heaven through Christ by faith as our Savior.

Throughout the Old Testament God had love for His people, but acceptance was based on the condition of their obedience to Him; today, it is by what Christ did on the cross through the shedding his blood for our sins.

A genuinely saved person requires the power of the Holy Spirit to change them into a new creation. They are no longer a fornicator, murderer, homosexual, adulterer, etc., but a follower of Christ no longer enslaved to sin.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. - Revelation 22:17

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. - John 14:6

It is false to believe that Christ will accept every behaviour that we exhibit. Our behaviours portray the standards by which we uphold. Either good fruit, or thorns and thistles are reaped by the choices we make.

For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. - Romans 5:17

Does Christ love everybody without judgement?

“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? - Matthew 23:33

Somehow, the rules have changed. If we show unconditional love, it means to tolerate, accept, or justify sinful behaviours. This somehow equates to showing the love of Christ. The teachings in the church today have rejected what is written in Scripture for subjective reasoning as they promotes a politically correct counterfeit grace.

Unconditional acceptance and love for the sinner undermines true Biblical doctrine on many accounts:

  • Personal accountability
  • The concept of what sin is.
  • The necessity of being born again; a new creation.
  • The wrath of God.
  • Atonement for sin.
  • God's final judgement; hell.
  • Faith
  • Biblical rule, standard, and practice.

What Scripture defines as sin is simply disobedience and rebellion against God. A lack of spiritual discernment is the result of the condition the modern church is in today, and many are being led astray by politically correct false teachings and ideologies.

You may be called a Pharisee, or self-righteous for calling sin for what it is, but if you are truly saying what the word says, then you are facilitating a biblical standard. Those who truly love the body of Christ will not stand by idly by while serious sin is being committed. Without exposing sin, the effects will ultimately domino, causing mounting collateral damage to the ekklesia.

If confrontations were carried out and there was an unwillingness to repent, a public rebuke and discharge would be in order according to biblical protocol. It is not out of malicious intent, but for the love and welfare of the body of Christ.

Unfortunately, many people make the wrong distinctions on what the true terms of Christ's love and acceptance are.

Scripture judges what sin is, but using Scripture to justify our own sin, or those of others is not what the Way of Christ is about, nor is it the behaviour of a true believer.

The modern church embraces the sinner with open arms and there the sinner remains unchanged. The the power of Christ is negated.

There is a distinction between the true love of Christ and the false unconditional love and acceptance that religious man has made up for themselves.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. - Romans 10:17

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. - John 20:30-31

Trusting and accepting the love of Christ is believing that he is the Son of God, and allowing him to change you through the power of the Holy Spirit.. The unconditional love and acceptance from man does not save. It is only through the true genuine grace of Christ that is distinctly different from the counterfeit man-made version.

We are saved when we simply believe, trust, and accept that Christ is truly the Son of God and our Savior with the power to make us into a new creation. Walking out true faith in him will bring genuine salvation.

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. - 1 John 2:3

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      You are right, God's love is unconditionally available, but it is conditional to the terms that He has set. No one can enter into the Kingdom of God unless His terms for salvation are met. That is why the gate is narrow because many want to create their own terms and negate the keys to His Kingdom that will grant them access into it.

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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      God's love is UNCONDITIONALLY AVAILABLE TO whosoever will but it is not unconditional to All. He freely offers it, it is always available, He offers acceptance and deliverance but you must meet the conditions He has set TO ENTER THE KINGDOM AND PARTAKE OF His love and protection.

      Without repentance and submission to Christ you cannot enter in and cannot enjoy the fruit of His love..

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Agreed that only the blood of Jesus can separate the sin from the sinner, and that God extended his grace to us in this way even though we are undeserving. Anyone is doomed to eternal death, separation from God, if this way through Christ is not accepted.

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      PlanksandNails 6 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Ms Dee,

      A lot of people don't realize that,"love the sinner, hate the sin" is not to be found in the Bible, but is the typical cliché used in the church today that came from Gandhi.

      Can fallible man really separate sin from the sinner?

      Biblically, the definition of sin in Hebrew and Greek is "chattat" and "hamartia", which means separation from God.

      We need to really look in the mirror and ask ourselves, are we turning our gaze towards God or tolerating and accepting the ways of the world with our own man-made brand of "unconditional love", acceptance, and tolerance?

      We are fallible in our humanity and cannot love or hate perfectly; only God has the ability do so without sinning.

      “I have *loved* you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have You *loved* us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have *loved* Jacob; but I have *hated* Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.” - Malachi 1:2-3

      ‘Yet this you do have, that you *hate* the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also *hate*. - Revelation 2:6

      The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is *patient* toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9

      Thank-you for your comment.

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      It is so true, isn't it! The push to love the sin, or else risk being called intolerant. The is a great point of how the deceitful hearts of mankind can twist the truth.