There are no various levels of sin

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By Pastor Chuck McCullough


“Are there some sins worse than others?”


To state the painfully obvious: all sin is sin. As we have seen, sin is a state of rebellion against God. It is a falling short of His holiness and perfection. It is continually choosing self over God; that is, making self one’s own god. In this sense, all humans are sinners and all sins are offensive to God (Rom. 1-3). This fact is why we ought to be very hesitant to point out the sins of others as if they are worse than we are (and/or that we are somehow superior.)

To put it another way, no sin takes precedence over another in terms of “from bad to worse” because all sin is rooted in the condition. The soul’s sinful rebellion is the tragic state that suffers the judgment of God (Rom. 2:1-9, passim). The actions that arise from the sinful state are symptoms of the deeper issue — but be assured God takes no pleasure in any sinful action (I Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:17-21; Eph. 4:26-5:18; Col. 3:5-9; I Tim. 3:2-5; I Pet. 4:1-4; Rev. 21:8).

Scripture issues more than a few warnings that everyone will in some way some day give an account for deeds done in this life (Jn. 5:29; II Cor. 5:8; I Pet. 4:5; Rev. 20:12); for careless words spoken (Mt. 12:36); for presumptuous, hypocritical faith (Mt. 7:21); and for denying Christ before others (Mt. 10:33). Though these sins may be no worse qualitatively than others found in the “catalogues of vices” (see the lists in the previous paragraph), the fact of personal accountability cannot be ignored. 

In the same light, we dismiss to our peril the seriousness of one sin. Called the “unforgivable sin” (Mt. 12:30-32) and the “sin unto death” (I Jn. 5:17), this sin is essentially the sin of unremitting, unyielding rejection of Christ as the Savior from sin. Unrepentant rebellion and/or unresolved indifference toward Christ constitute the one sin that incurs “the greater judgment” (Mt. 10:15; 11:20-24; Lk. 10:13-15).