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May 27, 2016, 2:51 PM

Is All Sin Equal?

From time to time we hear some say, "all sin is equal." Perhaps that is intended to say God is against all sin. Perhaps the statement is to imply that all have sinned and come short of God's perfection. Yes, God is against all sin and we have all sinned against God. However, to say all sin is equal, one has to ignore the Holy Scriptures that are quite clear on the matter. Make no mistake, one may fail to feed a poor person standing on the street corner or fail to do something that we should do and that is sin to us. Yet, to say sin is equal to rape, murder, abortion, etc. is going farther than the Scripture. This berief mention on the subject is not intended to stir up an argument or to belittle anyone who has made such a statement. I, myself have repeted the same thing becuase I too have heard, all sins are equal. I have found from Scripture, that statement simply is not Biblical. Please read the Scriptures below and take note. Yes, it is important what we believe and what we say.

Matthew 11:20-24  Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn't repented of their sins and turned to God.  21 "What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse.  22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.  23 "And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today.  24 I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you."

Luke 12:46-48  The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.  47 "And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn't prepared and doesn't carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.  48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

John 19:9-11  He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave no answer.  10 "Why don't you talk to me?" Pilate demanded. "Don't you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?"  11 Then Jesus said, "You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin."

2 Peter 2:15-22   They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong.  16 But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice.  17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness.  18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception.  19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.  21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.  22 They prove the truth of this proverb: "A dog returns to its vomit." And another says, "A washed pig returns to the mud."

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