Every day we are bombarded with wickedness like no other generation before us. It’s in the songs on the radio. It’s on the TV we turn on in our homes. It’s pops up on the internet. This is to say nothing about people going naked on the beaches or in our daily lives. We are now hearing about homosexuals and lesbians demanding marital rights. We are faced with adulterers and adulteresses in our families, in our businesses, in our schools, and in our churches. So I pose the question: Is one sin greater than another?
Let’s face it, all unrepented sins lead to the same consequence, an eternity in hell. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev 21:8).
However, not all sins are equal! Some sins are worse because of their quantity. “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5). Other sins are worse because it reflects a corrupted nature or because of the range of impact it has in society. “But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD” (Gen 13:13). God checked out two cities “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave” (Gen 18:20). Other sins are considered worse because they take advantage of those less able to defend themselves. “‘Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!'” (Deut 27:19). Some sins are worse because the knowledge the person has in breaking God’s Law. As Jesus told Pilate, “Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin” (John 19:11).
Concerning a person’s level of knowledge, Jesus stated, “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:47-48).
It’s true, that every unrepentant sin committed will send a soul to hell. It is also true that some will receive a greater damnation because of the abominable sins they commit here on earth. Jesus speaking to the scribes and Pharisees said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore you shall receive the greater damnation (Mt 23:14). It is unfathomable to even once suspect that man is wiser and more just than God. “Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker” (Job 4:17)? If mankind were to equate the sins of Hitler to one who ran a stop sign, who would be the first to say that they are one and the same? Is God unjust? Is God fair? “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Heb 6:10). “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he (Deut 32:4).
The greatest sin one can commit upon this earth is not homosexuality, adultery, murder, or fornication, though each of these are abominations worthy of death, and capable of sending anyone to commits them to hell. The greatest sin is far worse that these. So what is it? The greatest sin is the rejection of the gospel of Christ. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him — the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day (Jn 12:48). When we reject Christ as the Son of God we are calling God a liar for he bore witness of him (1 Jn 5:10). All who reject the gospel will receive eternal damnation no matter how moral, no matter how many wonderful works they perform (Mt 7:21-23 f; 2 Thess 1:7-9). “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” (Heb 10:28-31). Yes, there is a bottomless pit of hell, and I suggest you not buy into the fallacy that you can’t warrant such a reward. Reject Christ and Christ will reject you! (Mt 10:33)