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DocReits March 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Pastor Jack,

One of the best synopsis of sin, its categories and degrees I have read.


Jack Wellman March 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Thanks brother…on our Facebook page, so many disagreed with this because they thought that sin is sin but is murder the same exact thing in essence as hate? One man said “Judge not and you shall not be judged” but unfortunately, text ripped out of context make a pretext and usually a false one! Thank you for your kind words my friend.

DocReits March 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Pastor Jack,

“so many disagreed with this because they thought that sin is sin”.

You already covered that point in your article by pointing out in a number of places that any sin will keep us out of heaven. In that sense, yes, sin is sin.

I wonder how contemplative these Christians are when considering the levels of sin. Do they think God’s model in the old testament about levels of punishment, depending upon the degree of the offense, which comprised so much of the Law, was done for no purpose? Was justice done away at Calvary?

Do they not see how our justice system, modeled originally upon Christian principles has different levels of punishment for different levels of crime?

It is my belief that we all, from birth, have apriori knowledge of offense(crime), punishment for sin, reward for good behavior, and justice, swinging between them.

We know at very early ages of life that if we tell a lie, we will get much less punishment than if we deliberately take a scissors to our sister’s hair. Different crimes deserve different punishments. Now, if we get the same punishment at 6 years old for telling a lie, that our brother, who is 8, got for cutting off his sister’s hair we feel aggrieved. Where does that feeling of injustice come from?

At 6 years old we have not taken any courses on jurisprudence, nor have we studied under any Rabbis for the finer points of the Law, yet we know that the punishment is unjust. We yell, “That’s what?”…Yes, “UNFAIR!!”. How do we know that it is unfair? Well IMO, it was handed down to us within our consciences by the One who made us.

We all inherited the knowledge of “Good and Evil”, from the fact that our original parents opened their eyes through disobedience and partaking of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. We were to remain innocent but Adam chose another course…

…and as a consequence our eyes have likewise been opened. The serpent was right, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”(Gen 3:5)

Here is my point…Why then, would these Christians presume that God is any different than His creation, from whom we inherited this knowledge of justice? You gave the words from Jesus Himself in speaking about the one without the full knowledge of the wrong, deserving fewer blows.

Wow, why can’t they see that we have the same knowledge of Good and Evil as God. Maybe they can’t fathom that with this knowledge comes the knowledge of Justice. For, without a knowledge of good or evil their would be no crime, for there would be no willful choosing of that which is not good.

The only way Adam chose evil, before he ate the fruit, was because God gave him a direct verbal commandment. That was an external Law, not one written on his conscience from within. That internal knowledge of Good and Evil waited for the first bite. If there was no crime there would be no punishment. Do they ever ponder such thoughts??

I am convinced we need to go back to basics in the educational system, and have courses in logic, and philosophy, as in the past. I realize that will probably not happen, and as a result, we will continue with the myriad voices of disjointed ideas.

These same voices are not only in the Church, but at the helms of our government(Congress) and educational system.

God help us all,


Jack Wellman April 1, 2014 at 10:03 am

Amen Doc. I see that you are full of wisdom and biblically sound and that is perhaps why you get it and so many do not. I truly thank God for your hunger to know the Word of God and are not in the milk stage but dining on the meat of the Word and indeed, few that I have ever known have your zeal for wisdom and biblical knowledge like you. Before I headed off to work I want to thank you brother. I think the greatest blessings are those brothers and sisters in Christ who are encouragers like you!

charlie April 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm

all sins are equal the only sin that is not is the unforgivable sin witch is blasmothy witch is making fun of the holy spirit

David April 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Hello Charlie, in one sense you are quite correct. However, as Pastor Jack quite carefully pointed out with scripture, there does appear to be degrees of sin.
One servant received less punishment than another.
1 Jn 1 vs 9 clearly says it all. And Paul in Cor states quite clearly that the wood, hay and stubble will be burned up, but we ourselves will be saved.
For those who have not given their lives to Christ, there is judgement, for those of us who have, we escape that. However, our ACTS will be judged, and we will be accountable for all we have said, thought and done.
I hope this clears some issues up.
Blessings, David Central Europe.

David April 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

BTW Pastor Jack. a sterling article.
Also good points to think about Doc.
Blessings to you both, David Central Europe

Anthony June 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi it Me again i Regret Every Sin i Commit The One Sin i Commit is a Sexual Sin I Know it was Wrong But I Did it Because is Felt Good But After i was Reading Numbers 15:30 I was Dreadful in Fear i Felt Lost Then i call My Pastor about this He Told Me That since i Regret it and remorseful About it God Could still Forgive me But I’m Not Sure i Want to Truly Repent and Never Do it again if I had Know Better and Knew The Scripture Better i Wouldn’t Fall to The Flesh That Easily Then i was Thinking All The Sin i Committed Before i Came to Christ Knowing it was Wrong Now i Want to Truly repent and seek Jesus I’m Sorry For all my Sexual Sin it hard Being a Young adult Do i Still Have Hope To be Good Term with God

Jack Wellman June 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Hi Anthony…to be remorseful over sin is evidence that a person is saved for the unsaved don’t care if they sin. I pray you talk with your pastor about this concern you have my friend. Have you spoken to him before?

Anthony June 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Thank i Will talk to my Pastor again i Don’t want to lose my chance To Be Saved i Will Pray To God To Give the Urges not to Sin it will be hard i thank you for Replying

Jack Wellman June 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I am so glad you will speak to him my friend. That is good news. In the meantime, please read this called “Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?” at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-a-christian-lose-their-salvation-a-biblical-analysis/ I think this should give you some peace of mind Anthony.

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