All sins are the same! Yeah, about that. No, they’re not.
This myth, that “all sins are equal,” is one born out of ignorance of the Bible. And the myth has found legs in recent days, as evangelical Christians have shied away from prophetically pronouncing the wickedness of sodomy.
Christians are, whether we like it or not, susceptible to the current zeitgeist of public opinion. The struggle for Bible believers is that we act more like children of God than children of our age. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is an especially wicked sin that especially highlights human depravity and it’s a sin that God especially hates.
The myth – that all sins are equal – probably came from a misunderstanding of hamartiology, or the study of sin. Differing sins are only the same in one way, and that is the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). All sin, no matter how “serious” or how seemingly “trivial” (operative word: seemingly) will result in eternal, conscious torment without propitiation being made on behalf of the sinner. In that sense, and in that sense only, are all sins the same.
However, there are varying degrees of sin and homosexuality is near the top of the list of the most egregious. Here are five reasons why.
5. Homosexuality is used by Scripture repeatedly to demonstrate the depths of human depravity.
When the Holy Spirit inspired the Scripture, and when He was describing the depths of human sinfulness, he went straight to the topic of homosexuality to describe exactly how bad human beings could be.
Consider Romans 1:
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this
reasonGod gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:21-26)
When describing the depths of the Fall of Man, Paul did not turn to murder. He did not turn to theft. He did not turn to lying. Paul turned to homosexuality to explain exactly how far man had fallen.
4. Homosexuality is a more horrendous sin because it is a more obvious sin.
While all people have God’s word written upon their
Honoring the Sabbath Day or the other First Table commands may not be fully comprehended without explanation. However, all people – indeed, all nature – knows the fruitlessness of two members of the same sex trying to imitate real intercourse with body parts that do not compliment one another.
While the occasional “gay penguin” or hyper-sexual monkeys give homosexuals hope that their deviancy is found in “nature,” they can’t make the comparison without comparing themselves to animals. But it’s not only that most in the animal kingdom know better than to engage in sodomy, even pagan human cultures know better.
While sodomy is currently a fad in Western Europe and the United States, historically, sodomy has been outlawed as dangerous and deviant. And even in the year 2018, places that once tolerated homosexuality, like in Eastern Europe, are restricting public displays of the behavior because they recognize it as being unnatural and unhealthy. In other cultures, particularly more primal cultures who have a closer connection to the Earth, homosexuality has always been, and remains forbidden. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is contrary to nature (Romans 1:26) and therefore even those without special revelation should know better.
3. Homosexuality is a worse sin than most sins because God made it a capital offense.
To be clear, we are no longer under the civil code given to Israel in the Old Testament. However, the “General Equity” – that which is moral and universal within those laws – still applies. And the Mosaic penology is a part of the Scripture that is “inspired and profitable” for us (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
While the Christian Church doesn’t apply the Mosaic penology (nor is it in the position to, because it is not the State), the penalties ascribed by God in the Old Testament explain to us how much God hates that particular sin.
Some sins did not require the penalty of (physical) death. Some sins did require the penalty of death. If you want to know how much God hates a particular sin, look at the punishment ascribed to it in the Mosaic Covenant.
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. – Leviticus 20:13
There are other sexual capital offenses in the Bible, and they include rape, parent-on-child incest, and bestiality. In that it brings death, which not all sins did, it’s safe to say God really hates homosexuality.
2. Homosexuality is worse than most sins because it uniquely demands to be celebrated.
There’s a whole list of sins (all of them capital offenses under the Old Covenant) from which Christians can be fully redeemed, and homosexuality is but one of them.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
However, of this list of sins, only one today has people convinced that it must be defended, accepted, and even celebrated.
There are no “adultery pride” parades. There are no “stealing pride” parades. There are no “swindling pride” parades. However, there are gay pride parades. Homosexuals demand people celebrate their deviancy. In this sense,
Interestingly enough, the demanding nature of homosexuality is actually eluded to in Romans 1.
32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
1. Homosexuality is worse than most other sins because of the temporal trauma and punishment that it causes.
Romans 1 has this interesting phrase:
…and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.(Romans 1:27)
Without being graphic, this phrase is meaning to imply that the penalty for sodomy is sodomy (on top of spiritual death). In other words, the painful physical trauma of male homosexuality – as well as its embarrassment and dehumanizing shame – is punishment in and of itself.
This alone shows the depravity of the homosexual, in that what ought to be seen as the worst punishment – being sodomized – is found to be pleasurable. It should be taken as a great punishment to be avoided!
But with homosexuality comes not only trauma due to unnatural sexual penetration, but the heightened risk for AIDS and communicable diseases of all kinds. The average homosexual suffers an extremely higher risk of disease and illness than heterosexuals, even accounting for heterosexuals engaged in promiscuity and polyamory.
To be very clear, no sin is unforgiveable. All sins, without propitation in Jesus’ blood, lead to an eternal hell. However, some sins are worse than others.
And, some punishments are worse than others. Even Jesus verified this, when he said that some would face “harsher judgment” (Matthew 23:14). Hell is aready hell, so how could it be worse for some than others?
While some answers are hidden within God’s secret will, it is safe to say that God has revealed to us enough about homosexuality in the Bible to demonstrate that he especially hates this particular sin.