Why Sexual Sins Are Not Equal to Other Sins

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The narrative has once again reared its head.

We saw it with great prevalence in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage.

We were told not to judge because the homosexual’s sin was no worse than when we lose our temper with our kids, gossip, or tell a white lie.

Many Christians want to be believe that all sins are equal, but that's not what the Bible says. Here is why sexual sins are not equal to other sins...but still need the same grace.

Now in the wake of the Ashley Madison we are hearing it again everywhere.

We shouldn’t judge because the 400 + men and women in ministry who opened accounts on a website that helped them have an affair haven’t committed any worse sin than we have.

First of all, it is not we who judge when we call their sin a great offense against God, their wives or husbands to whom they vowed fidelity, and their children. It is God’s Word that judges their sin in many places when it repeatedly condemns sins of a sexual nature.

Here are 3 reasons why the sins of those on Ashley Madison are not like other sins

1.  Sins of  sexual nature are more serious sins.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6: Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18 (emphasis mine)

Sexual intimacy binds us physically and spiritually to each other. Paul called it a mystery. It is a holy act and reserved for marriage alone, but when engaged in outside of the boundaries marriage and distorted in a way to illicitly bring other partners into that union by way of affairs, polyamory and polygamy is a distortion of a holy thing!

  • Lying is not a distortion of a holy thing.
  • Anger is not a distortion of a holy thing.
  • This is why sexual sins are more significant.

2. There is a difference between intentional/habitual sins and unintentional sins.

To pay a lot of money to sign up on a website and arrange to have an affair is very intentional!

In the Old Testament we don’t find a sacrifice for intentional sin. Furthermore, in Hebrews 10 it says:

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth,there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.  Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 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? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31 (emphasis mine)

When we look at the Old Testament sacrifices, we see that there is no sacrifice for intentional sin. The Bible is clear about this, when we receive Christ as the propitiation for our sins, we no longer have the right to do what want, but are obligated to live according to the dictates of His Word.

We are literally in covenant with Him. A covenant that was signed in blood – the blood of Jesus Christ that He willingly shed on our behalf as the payment for our sin!

By willfully choosing to sin after accepting His willingness to pay the price for our sin, is to sink to unfathomable depths of ungratefulness for His sacrifice!

It would be like our friend choosing to pay $10,000 in parking fines that we accumulated, and then going out the same day to accumulate more fines…on purpose.

John addressed this strongly when he said,

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1John 1:6 (emphasis mine)

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4 (emphasis mine)

Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. – 1 John 3:6

Choosing to intentionally and habitually sin is literally walking in sin. The problem with those who choose to walk in sin is that they have chosen not to walk with Christ. There is a huge difference between unintentionally doing something that offends the Lord and willfully choosing to do something we know he hates and that nailed His only Son on the cross!

Paul said

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Romans 6:1-2 (emphasis mine)

The problem with intentional and habitual sin is that it shows a distinct lack of fear of God and a complete disregard for Jesus’ sacrifice.

If we can purposely do that which offends God and nailed His Precious and only Son on the cross, there is not only a deep and serious problem in our spiritual life, there is a distinct lack of the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs says:

The fear of the LORDis to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13 (emphasis mine)

In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. Proverbs 16:6 (emphasis mine)

The fear of God reminds us that God sees, God knows, and God will tell!

3. Confession and being caught are not the same.

There is a significant difference in the heart when the Holy Spirit leads us to a place of repentance that happens upon confession, and being caught in our sin.

Being caught means we are still in the act of our sin and conviction – while may be occurring – is not in sufficient measure so as to bring us to a place where we, of our volition, freely confess our sins and repent. In fact, many people who are caught go on to continue their sin by another means, proving that confession and repentance never occurred at all.

To be sure, being caught can be the blow it takes to lead one to genuine confession, but showing remorse for being caught does not always mean confession has actually taken place.

All sins are not equal, but all sins require a Savior and they all need God’s grace and forgiveness

Please understand, I am not saying that sins that are not sexual in nature are insignificant.

All sins separate us from God.

All sinners need a Savior.

All sin causes a breakdown in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Yet, while all sin is offensive to God, there are sins that are significantly more offensive than others. Much as it is offensive to me when my husband is angry with me. But the offense I feel to that could not possibly compare to the offense I would feel if I discovered his name on the Ashley Madison website.

The two cannot be equated, because they are completely different in nature.

They are both offensive.

They both cause a breakdown of relationship.

But the latter is significantly more offensive than the former.

It doesn’t negate the fact that the former is offensive, just as the fact that God rates sexual sins as more offensive to him as other sins doesn’t mean that the other sins are unimportant to Him. No, they are! They most certainly are!  All sin is serious to God because all sin separates us from Him.

All sin needs God’s forgiveness and grace.

This is the good news!

While sexual sins are more offensive to God, the same grace that cleanses us from sin will cleanse these sins as well…

and that grace makes us equally forgiven under the blood!

Stop by tomorrow to read my post “3 Reasons Why Grace Must Have Balance

Here are some additional links for you on moral purity:

Resources for Encouraging Moral Purity:

10 Bible Verses for Moral Purity

Articles About Moral Purity:

3 Reasons Why I Still Preach Purity

Why I Refuse to Throw Out the Message of Modesty and Purity

Should Parents Teach Their Children Safe Sex?

3 Reasons Why the Safe Sex Message Is Dangerous

Does Jesus Love the Homosexual?

Why the Pro-Life Message Is Muddied

There Is Healing After an Abortion

Why Sexual Sins Are Not Equal to Other Sins

3 Ways to Speak Truth in Love and Confront Sin

3 Reasons Why Grace Must Have Balance

Stand Strong in an Age of Deception

5 Behaviors of a Mature Christian

5 Warning Signs of an Immature Christian

Can God Be Pushed Too Far?

Why the Supreme Court Decision Matters

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  1. I have been so saddened by the very public sin of so many people. I am with you. It’s acceptable to call out wicked behavior. Not that there is no grace for the repentant sinner just that as you said this not confession and repentance it’s being caught!!!

  2. So intrigued by your post Rosalind…such a good searching of the scriptures. It is just so sad the way society seems to have reached new lows. Yet, sin has been with us since Adam and Eve! We must protect our hearts and have a relationship with the Savior otherwise we fool ourselves. Great read! ♥

  3. This is so profound. Thank you for allowing Abba Father to use you. The truth is the truth. This is something that I have tried to relate to others. Ain’t nobody mad but the devil.

  4. I think you dealt with a touchy subject very well, Rosalind. However, I came from a background that believes in venial sin (less offensive, but a breaking of God’s law) and mortal sin (affects your soul). Therefore, I grew up afraid of God, because I was never really sure which one I was committing. I knew that things like adultery, murder, etc…things that were crimes as well, were really bad, mortal sin. But there was always a fine line with some sins. I figured lying was not so bad, but how far did it separate me from God? The punishment, the penance of prayer got me off the hook, but was that all someone had to do who committed a mortal sin?

    When I came to know Jesus as my Savior, and not just God’s son who died on the cross, I came to realize that sin is sin. Some sin saddens the heart of God more than others, but when we sin, we sin. I believe that it is all the same. It’s sin. Period. However, some sins come with greater consequences that affect not your soul in gaining access to heaven (if you’re saved, you’re saved), but relationships, your health, your future, your body–as well as that of others. Adultery is a “serious” sin because of the consequences that action has, not only on the two parties, but everyone who is involved with those people-spouses, children, and even parents and friends. I’m very careful not to pass judgment on another’s sin, because I cannot pick up the first rock and throw it. I am not without sin. I may not totally agree with your words, but you raised some interesting points and backed it with scripture. We serve the same God, and it is not my place to pass judgment!

    1. Yes – I totally understand what your saying. That is why I think that we have to balance out this message with grace (which was part two to this post), because preaching about sin without preaching grace leaves people in fear.

      And while I do believe some sins are more serious than others, we can’t for a moment suppose that any sin is not serious to God. They all are. 🙂

  5. Rosilind,
    Excellent post! You put into words what has been rolling around in my head for a long time. I’ve always been in the “all sins are the same” camp, but your observation that “showing remorse for being caught does not always mean confession has actually taken place”, and pointing out that grace is always the answer hit the nail on the head for me!

    On to read “3 Reasons Why…” now 😉

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