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Jimmy Phillips

writes from Bakersfield, California, where he is director of marketing and communications for San Joaquin Community Hospital.

​Stuck in the Middle

Love the sinner, hate the sin. Easy, right?

In continuing the discussion from last month (May 8, 2014), I want to expand on the key question: When it comes to dealing with sin and sinners, what space should Seventh-day Adventists occupy in today’s world? Most of the time, in my experience, the extreme ends of the church are the most vocal, and take the following contrasting stances:

Group 1: This group does not believe in excusing or minimizing sin. Although it’s not quite at an “eye for an eye” level, they don’t believe in sweeping sin (or at least some sins) under the rug. They see a Christian world in which far too much emphasis …

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