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Man thinks that some sins are worse than others. Revelation 21:8 seems to be an escalating sin list. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” This seems to begin with simple fear. Fear of God or fear of talking about God. Then unbelievers, people who do not believe in God and especially the Son of God. The abominable are those who are despicable, hated and despised. Murderers kill people literally and otherwise. Whoremongers are sexual deviants who frequent prostitutes. Sorcerers dabble in the occult and call upon demon spirits to do their work. Idolaters are people who worship anything other than God. All fear the truth of God because of their sins.

The last type of person on the list is a liar. From people who simply fear God to people who worship anything except God the list ends with a liar, one of if not the most common sin committed by man. Some think that there can be good “innocent” lies. We would think that especially the sins against other people and sins of sexual wickedness are the worse. The horrible truth is that all sins are the same. James 2:10 tells us that if we fail one point in the law, we are guilty of them all. To God every sin has the same value. Sin is sin and just one disqualifies us from being in God’s presence. We want to say we’re not as bad as the next guy but if we have simply lied, we’re as bad off as the idolator.

God is a just God whose wrath will be released upon those who sin. Romans 1:18 tells us this. Our salvation from sin is in Jesus Christ. In fact, 1 Thessalonians 5:9 tells us we are appointed for His salvation. What a glorious promise for the sinner. God loves us and His Son is appointed for our salvation. So, no matter how bad you think you are, everyone else is in the same position you are; they need Jesus just as much as you do. On the other hand, no matter how good one might think they are, they need Jesus just as much as every other person. We serve a God who gave himself for the sins of the whole world, not just those we think are the worst because in His eyes, we’re all the same (1 John 2:2; Acts 10:34).