Ahab said, "I will send you away with this treaty . . . " "Thus says the Lord: "Because you have let slip out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life and your people for his people." (1 Kings 20:34-42)
We can make no treaty with sin; it must be annihilated. It is not to be tolerated. Sin left unchecked will always return with a vengeance. Unless it is destroyed, it will escalate and devastate. Here is what I repeatedly know about sin: it will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, cost you more than you are willing to pay, and negatively affect others more than you could imagine. How are we to war against it? Sin must be put to death in us; that is, we must confess it and repent of it.
We are not to kill sinners as Ahab was called to do. We are to win them instead. The only way to rid the world of sin is to get the world to Christ. Therefore, we are to hate the sin and love the sinner. This we do by sharing the saving grace of God to a lost and dying world. Only Christ can rid the world of sin.