The Greatest Sin

I think most people have bought into the idea that all sins are equal, that there is no gradation of evil. I’m not sure that is exactly a Biblical idea. In fact, the exact opposite seems true.

Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, showing that there is a gradation of rightness. It was to love the Lord your God with all your heart. This gives us a real good idea what the greatest sin is.

Romans 1 is about the depths of sin cultures can delve into. It seems as if homosexuality is the greatest sin as it gets the most attention in Romans 1.

However, a better reading begins in 1:21–they did not glorify God, they worshipped creation, and they did not retain God in their knowledge. After listing each of these things it said God turned them over to their sin, which is then described in the rest of the chapter.

The greatest sin is to not keep God in His place. His place is not first in your heart, His place is to be your whole heart. If you worship something else, glorify yourself or something else, or do not even think about God or consider Him you are on your way to lots of other gross sin.

It may even be said that those sins are the beginning of judgment from God. When people do not glorify God He turns them over to a reprobate mind that glories in vile sin.

The greatest sin is not glorifying God.

4 thoughts on “The Greatest Sin”

  1. Just the same as breaking the Law.

    If you break just one small part of the Law you’ve broken the whole Law (James 2:10). But the penalty for cheating people is much higher than for ‘normal’ restitution. Zacchaeus refers in Luke 19:8 to the highest penalty the law allows, a fourfold rate (Ex 22:1; 2 Sam 12:6). Normal restitution added only 20 percent (Lev 5:16; Num 5:7).

    So the whole Law is broken by one tiny or one extreme transgression, just as our righteousness with regard to sin is broken by one tiny or one extreme transgression. Thank the Good Lord above that Christ paid that not only our minor debts but our major debts as well … he paid ALL of them with his own life and blood that we might be free!

  2. “The greatest sin is to not keep God in His place. His place is not first in your heart, His place is to be your whole heart. If you worship something else, glorify yourself or something else, or do not even think about God or consider Him you are on your way to lots of other gross sin.”
    Truth is uncomplicated, even so, that a mere child can understand and comprehend it. But to those who would want to be regarded as wise, simple truth is as foolishnesss to them.
    Good thoughts Jeff.

  3. Had another thought in the shower this morning (isn’t that the BEST place!).

    Though Christ’s work on the cross and the Holy Spirit’s sealing is complete and as effective for one as for all, note that the apostles will be seated right up close to the throne in heaven while others will be way down the back as though they’ve just popped through the fires of hell.

  4. Andrew and Paul, Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing them. Keep thinking in those showers!

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