Are all sins really equal?

My father, grandfather, uncle and cousin were all Baptist preachers.  I grew up hearing preachers preach and teachers teach that sin is sin and all sins are equal in God’s sight.  As I grew older and began to seriously study the Bible and it’s teaching on sin, I came to the conclusion that all sins are not equal.

Pilate told Jesus that he had the power to set him free.  Jesus let him know quickly that the only power he had was given to him by God.  Jesus answered, ” Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:  therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”  (John 19:11)  Christ said that the sin of betrayal by Judas was greater than the sin committed by Pilate.

One sin is so bad that it is unpardonable — the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matt.12:32).  Other sins are not as bad and can be forgiven.

Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye pay tithes of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:  these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”  (Matt. 23:23)  Christ taught that some matters of the law were not as “weighty” as others.

It is interesting to note that when Solomon listed the seven sins that God hates and are an abomination unto Him, “A proud look” was first on the list.  (Proverbs 6:17)

It is wrong to disobey civil law and go 63 mph in a 60 mph zone.  That is not nearly as wrong as murdering your neighbor.

The only sin that condemns a person is the sin of unbelief.  (John 3:18)  This is the mother of all sins.

It is true that sin is sin.  It is also true that, according to the Bible, not all sins are equal.  Let’s be honest with the Word of God.

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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