1 Timothy 5:1-6:2b, Psalm 112


You have probably heard someone say something like, “All sins are equal.” Paul takes exception with that statement. For anyone who doesn't provide for their household (i.e. nuclear family), Paul declares that person “worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8). To have the means, yet refuse to provide for one's immediate family, not to mention if possible widowed mothers, fathers or even extended family members in need shows one to be especially wicked. For Paul neglecting to provide for loved ones is an egregious sin. Of course all sins fall short of the righteous demands of the law and leave us all equally in need of salvation. That doesn't mean that the sin of say, being angry in your heart towards one that mistreats you is viewed by God as absolutely the same seeing your children in need of food but using your sparse money towards a gambling or booze addiction. Certainly all sins can grow and lead to more heinous sin, but we all understand that there are sins with much greater consequence than others. This is why Paul makes clear, failing to provide for one's family also reveal a person that more openly “rejects the faith” (1 Timothy 5:8). Don't think I am making a Biblical claim based on one unclear passage. In 1 Corinthians 6:18 Paul tells us sexual sin is uniquely troubling because it is sin against the Christian body, which is a temple of the living God. Jesus tells the predominantly Jewish towns of Chorazin and Bethsaida that their sin rejecting Jesus is far worse than the sins of cities of majority Gentile cities who never encountered Jesus' work (Luke 10:13). So be grateful that the cross places us all in need of humility for our sins, but don't be fooled that some sins aren't especially dangerous or grotesque. Maybe you didn't need to be told that, for most of assume this is the truth. I just want you to know the Bible in fact teaches something different than the little slogans we bandy about.