The purpose of this blog is to provide insights from the Christian perspective. It exists to present the elementary teachings of the Glorious Gospel through the preaching of sound doctrine, providing biblical exegesis, and by conducting apologetics. The Apostle Paul gave the following exhortation, "...that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another." (1 Corinthians 4:6)
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Are All Sins Equal In Severity?
-Some Christians advocate the notion that all sins are equally severe in nature. But if you go by the Bible alone for spiritual discernment, and not by the mere opinions of fallible and uninspired men, then you will readily come to the conclusion that the "sin is sin" theory is unequivocally repudiated by scriptural instruction (2 Timothy 3:15-17). In short, there are no statements, either implicitly or explicitly, in Scripture that provide justification for the belief that all sins are equally severe.
Sins Are Not Equally Severe:
-While it is true that all sins deserve condemnation (Romans 6:23), some sins do have a much greater negative impact on the soul than others (John 19:11; 1 John 5:15-17). Some sins can cause more spiritual detriment than others.
-While it is true that all other types of blasphemy are forgivable, God will never forgive blasphemy committed against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32; Mark 3:28-29).
-Just as sins have differing degrees of severity (Ezekiel 8), some Commandments are greater in importance than others, with the most important being love of God and love of neighbor (Matthew 22:36-39). Scripture tells us that certain sins are "more tolerable" than others (Luke 10:7-12). Scripture mentions "greater condemnation" (Matthew 23:14; Luke 12:47-48). There are different levels of severity in punishment for those in hell.
What About James 2:10-11? Does It Teach That All Sins Are Equal In Severity?:
-The text of James 2:10-11 says absolutely nothing about all sins being equally severe in nature. The inspired writer James was not placing murder in the same category of severity as adultery (or visa versa). In fact, the context of James 2:10-11 is not about differing degrees of sin, but rather, a Christian demonstrating the reality of his or her salvation through good deeds. All this passage is saying is that if you commit sins such as adultery and murder, then you have violated God's moral Law. In other words, the text is simply stating that there are multiple ways to break the Commandments of God. There is more than one way to break His Moral Law, just as there are multiple ways of violating the traffic law.