Saturday, September 26, 2015

“Why do evangelicals make as if there are some sins that are worst than others? Sin is sin!"


The confusion emanates from the usage of the word “sin.” There is sin (make, kind) and acts of sins (model, type). For example, a teacher and the different specialties like Science teacher, Arts teacher, Social Studies teacher and Math teacher. In this teaching, there are some that have a high employment rate, but there are others that don’t. Sin is defined as missing the mark. That begins from birth (Psalm 51:5; Rom 3:23). It happened through the Federal Head Theory.  One man (Adam) sinned and the sinned goes down to the entire human race (Romans 5:12). Thenceforth, everyone is born a sinner. However, sin is manifested in these four ways: when you act out of faith, when you knowingly refused to do good, when you transgress the law and when you do unrighteous acts. Nonetheless, there are some sins that are not only spiritually damning, they are physically destructive. This paper will exemplify the kinds and types of sins and also show why some are pardonable and others are not. I will start with types.
Any faithlessness is sin (Romans 14:23). It is a sin to doubt if something is right, yet you do it. When there is confusion between your synderisis and syneidesis, faith takes precedence because you have failed to live by even the law. Since no man is saved by the law, then he must survive by grace. If you fail to use grace, then you have missed the mark.
Deliberately refusing to do good works (James 4:17). Not doing the good works, like refusing to keep yourself healthy is sin. It is a sin to know something is right, yet you don’t do it because you should always do the right thing when you know it and can. It is good works that will shine for people to see and know that you have believed in God so they can give glory to Him. They cannot enter into your heart to ascertain if you have believed or not.
Sin is transgression of the law (I John 3:4). Let me put it this way; missing the mark is not fulfilling the law (the law of God). That is why some people may not have had the Ten Commandments to fulfill the law, yet they did it anyway because God is everywhere, and He has written his law in the hearts of all people; their consciences bear them witness as their thoughts accuse or defend them sometimes. Whether you believe in God or not, there is a time when the things that you do undo go trial in your heart, and it is your conscience that is the sitting judge, while your thoughts act as the lawyers.
All unrighteousness is sin (I Jn 5:17). Do you remember when Micah was confused about what to give God? God told him this, “… to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (Micah 6:8).” The first thing was justice. Any injustice is sin. This requires you to act equitably in word and in deeds. Racism is not an act of righteousness because it is total injustice! Those who practice and benefit from the windfalls of racism are constantly and deliberately living in sin. The benefactors are likened to recipients of stolen goods.
Every human being is still guilty of the examples I described. However, while the original sin mentioned in Psalm 51:5 and Romans 3:23 are taken away when you confess with your mouth and believe with your heart  in Christ (Romans 10:9-10, 13), you can act out the other examples which you appropriate forgiveness by confessing and forsaking your sins (Proverbs 28:13). Despite the availability of absolution through the salvific plan of the messianic sacrifice, some are not forgiven, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and the continuous rejection of grace by deliberately living in sin (Hebrews 10:26). Here is why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable.
By refusing a known fact about God or Jesus, is refuting the existence of that fact; thus, constituting blasphemy. When any one rejects the suffering of Christ (Is 53:3-6; 2 Cor 1:5-7; 15:3; Heb 2:10; 5:8; 9:28; I Pet 1:11; 2:24-25; 4:13; 5:1), they are blaspheming against God. In other words, they are saying the Bible is telling lies; thus, God is a liar. The Bible talks more about the suffering of Christ than the joy of the Master. To negate the existence of his suffering through which we are redeemed means that they are not acknowledging the source of their salvation; consequently, such will definitely die in their sins. That is the reason why blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable. The sin in itself plunges you into eternal damnation.
There is also a second occasion where the quality of our sins is different. That is where homosexuality comes in. If we deliberately keep missing the mark, even when we have obtained salvation, there will no more be any sacrifice. For example, if you believe in Christ, yet you are living in homosexuality which refuses to procreate, which is an ordnance of God.  
Having kids out of wedlock is unrighteousness that is sin but not unto death (venial) I Jn 5:17, unlike blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which is a mortal sin (I Jn 5:16 and Mt 12:31).  Furthermore, there are two kinds of sins: venial and mortal (I Jn 5:16) because some sins like adultery can be forgiven, even if they have no means of restitution; meanwhile, others cannot. They affect the soul of the doer directly!  
To decorticate the meaning of 1 John 5:16-17, we must keep these verses parallel to Romans 3:23; 6:23, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God;” “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ our Lord.” Consequently, every sin leads unto spiritual death. How then can there be sin that does not lead unto death and one that does? The verse means, there is sin that has been marked out as unpardonable (which is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), and there is another one like those above that are not. Those that can obtain mercy are venial; whereas, the ones that cannot obtain mercy are mortal. Sexual sins are egregious and spiritually mortal (I Corinthians 6:18), but they are not the mortal sin (hamartia) per se. 
It is important to remember that the body is regarded as the temple of God. Thus, other sins touch the outer court of the temple, but sexual sins enter further into the Holy of Holies. How? When you commit sexual sin, you take the temple (your body), wherein God lives and you join it with a harlot. Therefore, you are forcing the Lord to join himself to evil. Since God does not share his glory with man, he servers himself from the defaulter. That body becomes unredeemable at the moment of the sin. When the individual rejoins himself or herself to God through confession which serves as absolution, they bring with them physical and spiritual woes. Consequently, Solomon said, “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away (Proverbs 6:32-33).” Sexual sins are a direct spiritual attack against God because sex is a spiritual act and not a physical one.
You must note why sexual sin is against the body. When we believe in Christ, we become one spirit in body (I Cor 6:17). We demonstrate our union in water baptism (Rom 6:4-6) and then proceed to acquire spiritual power in Holy Ghost Baptism (Mt 3:11; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 3:16; Jn. 1:33; Acts 1:5, 2, 11:16; I Cor. 12:13). Thus, we are married to God. When we commit sexual immorality, we have sinned. It is like adultery; meanwhile, “thou shall not commit adultery (Ex 20:7).” It means that we have broken the vow; whereas marriage brings oneness (Gen 2:24). At that moment, we create two bodies. That is why you are asked to flee rather than resist (I Cor 6:18; Col 3:5; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Pet 2:11). It is the only sin where you cannot stand to fight; you must only flee because no mortal; no matter how disciplined and holy they have been, has ever fought and won the sin of sex. To win the fight, you must not even fight it; you must flee from it. The church fathers used a phrase “Alia vitia pugnando, sola libido fugiendo vincitur” meaning that “all other sins could be conquered by fighting, but sexual sin is by flight only.”
Now you understand that when sex takes place, we entangle our spirits with the individual we are having sex. Do you remember, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness (2 Cor 6:14)?” You also understand that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable. Therefore, all sins are not equal. Although every crime is punishable, but some are more punishable than others.

Until then, I hope I made the distinction that all sins do not have the same weight.

Sty Arrey of Ntenako.




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