Sins – Error in the Church

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Error In The Church – All Sins Are Equal

There are  many errors floating around today amongst Christians and  in churches. One of the most common is the one I will dismantle today, that being that all sins are equal.

I first heard of this doctrine  some years ago when I was doing some ministry in Nashville, and it was always quoted in support of homosexuals and lesbians. In fact, the GLBGT, people quickly embraced this doctrine, supported it, and propagated it.

This biblical error goes something like this:

“No sin is worse than any other sin. Sodomy is not any more egregious than overeating, smoking, flying off the handle in anger, being rude, or being an adulterer or fornicator. Therefore sodomy, if it is a sin at all, is not any worse  than a Christian pigging out at a buffet.”

Sounds nice doesn’t it? If I were a homosexual or lesbian, transvestite, pedophile, etc., I would embrace this line of thinking too. It would certainly lessen my guilt and sense of shame. I can go around with my head held high, believing that what I’m doing is no worse than being in a bad mood and snapping at someone with a sharp word.

Even preachers, whole churches, and denominations have embraced this delusion.

Here is why it is NOT true.

First let me lay out the premise. Some sins are worse than others. All sin is not equal. All  sin is bad; but not all sins are equal.

Matthew 5:19 (KJV)
19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus is speaking here and He talks about the LEAST commandments. Least means of lessor importance. And, if there are commandments that are least, then there are commandments that are greater.

This alone should end the argument that all sins are equal!

Secondly, I believe that the, “all sins are equal,” error came from a misreading of

James 2:10 (KJV)
10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

This Scripture does NOT say that all sin is equal. It says that all sin is a breaking of the law, and that the breaking of the law means that all people need a Savior.

Thirdly, look at the Ten Commandments. God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. God Himself put these commandments in a definite  order, from one to ten. Why did He put, “You shall have no other gods before Me,” ahead of “You shall not desire your neighbors house?” Because while all are sin; and doing any of these things breaks the law; having gods and idols is more serious to Him than you wanting your neighbor’s car.

Fourthly, Jesus taught that there are varying degrees of damnation, based on what one has done.

Mark 12:40 (KJV)
40  Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

If there is greater damnation, there is lessor damnation. But based on what? The following verses tell us.

Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)
11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Degrees of damnation are based on one’s works or deeds.

What about homosexuality?

Romans 1:24-28 (AMP)
24  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin],
25  Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it).
26  For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one,
27  And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another—men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution.
28  And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome…

Homosexuality can be a sign that God has given a person up; that He has given them over and abandoned them to degrading passions. Their consciences are seared. This is not said about most other sins.

Does God love homosexuals? Absolutely! But love is not approval, for homosexuals, or for the rest of us.

Repent and believe the gospel! Repent means to have a change of mind and heart. It is a  change in opinion and  viewpoint. It leads to changed behavior.

We can and must love gays but we cannot stand in solidarity with them. We must not hate. (Truth is love) We must not be violent. We must not be rude or disrespectful. But we cannot approve.

3 thoughts on “Sins – Error in the Church

  1. Very good, Preacher. I noticed this trend in preaching about thirty years ago when the fitness craze began. Preachers started talking about “eating potato chips” being as bad as tobacco, alcohol, and such. I always wondered if that would be true in a society which did not value the physique as we Americans do. That lead right into the sin of breaking the speed limit. If you do that you might as well go all the way. As you say it was/is a mighty slippery slope. Of course, we do have scriptures like Jesus saying/or at least implying that lusting is as bad as adultery, but I’m sure the damage to one’s family is not the same. Neither do I think the punishment will be the same. The same “misinterpretation” is made in relation to “sins of commission” and “sins of omission.” I’ve heard you might as well do such and such a sin as maybe miss your Bible reading or fail to visit a nursing home resident. They are not equal. Neither is the sin of doubt equal to murder or stealing. Thanks for bring up this subject.


  2. Exactly! Amen!!! Thank you for sharing this! I know one that is gay and completely believes he is ok because of that exact mindset you mention and he is quite cocky about it. The Lord has shown me to love him but that I do not have to show him my love by attending what he thinks is a wedding joining he and his husband/wife together. I have shown him my love by being truthful with what The Lord has said about it. It doesn’t matter what “I” it DOES ABSOLUTELY matter what The Lord has already said about it!


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