We have all heard people say that “sin is sin” or ” one sin is as bad as another”. I think that the Bible clearly indicates that that is not the case. While all sin is wrong and breaks God’s law some sins are worse than others. In my book “Tear Down this Wall” I deal with this issue. You can make the case for this point in a number of ways. First the ‘punishment’ for sin that God gives us in His Word tells us that God sees different degrees of sins. In other words when God says that for stealing, a thief would have to repay four fold but for someone who kidnaps or murders the punishment was death. While these sins are all wrong and are an affront to God, He clearly is distinguishing some sins as worse than others. Consider what Hebrews 10:28:29 have to say
“28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” The sin in verse 28 is bad enough to bring death and yet God clearly says that the sin in verse 29 is worse and therefore brings a ‘worse’ punishment.
Secondly we can make this case by looking at the progression of sin. In other words sin gets worse and worse. When someone sins and does not repent they start down a very destructive road with each sin getting progressively worse. Let’s look at some examples. Ezekiel 7:24 “Therefore I will bring the worst of the Gentiles,And they will possess their houses;I will cause the pomp of the strong to cease,And their holy places shall be defiled.” God uses the term “worst” when He talks about those among the gentiles that He was going to raise up against Israel. 1 Kings 16:25 “Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all who were before him.” The Kings of Israel grew more and more evil with each king. II Chronicles 33:9 “So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.” This is not just more in amount but more in degree. He was more evil than his predecessors. Jeremiah 7:26 “Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers.” Jeremiah 16:12 “And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me.” I Tim. 5:8 “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” II Tim. 3:13 “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
Sin has a progression… it always grows worse when it is not dealt with. The offender must laugh themselves silly when they sucker naive Christians into thinking that when they rape and molest children they are no worse than someone who tells a lie.