Are All Sins Equal?

No, not all sins are equal. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I'm John Stonestreet with The Point.

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I often hear Christians say it: “All sins are equal in God’s sight.” But is it true? In his series debunking “Christianese” clichés, Michael Kruger offers an important clarification. Yes, all violations of God’s moral law separate us from God, so all are sinners in dire need of grace and salvation.

But this saying, as Kruger notes, is mostly used to “flatten out” sin. And particularly when it comes to sexual sins, folks insist that “all sins are equal” as a way of implying no one has a right to condemn any sin, or call those who commit sin to repentance.

The Bible, however, clearly speaks that certain sins are more severe than others, especially in their consequences. Like those that God especially hates. Even Jesus told Pontius Pilate in John 19 “the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

Scripture, not Christianese, should shape our thinking. Misinterpreting the Bible with good intentions is wrong, misinterpreting it to excuse sin is worse.

Further Reading

Taking Back Christianese #6: “All Sins Are Equal in God’s Sight”
Michael J. Kruger | December 5, 2016


"Flattening out" sexual sins surely will not do. At the same time there is something of a tendency to overemphasize them especially if they are sins WE are unlikely to be tempted to commit. It is well enough to spend some time on our own sins.

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