Sunday, in attempting to understand if we are really “Guilty, Vile, and Helpless” (like the 3rd verse of the song “Hallelujah What A Savior” says), we threw out the question, what is the worst sin? As we studied some participated in a poll question. See the results below:
A couple of observations:
We are not a homophobic church. 0% said homosexuality was the “worst sin”.
25% chose “Lack of love, Compassion, Forgiveness” as “the worst sin”. Interestingly, the same text (Romans 1) that clearly identifies same sex relationships as sinful concludes with the sins of being “unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful”. I believe the one who is “unforgiving and unmerciful” is worse because they, having been forgiven by God themselves, are pushing away, turning off, and refusing to help people that Jesus died for! See also Luke 17:1-5.
The most popular answer in the poll (All Sin is Equal) is also a good answer. James 2:10 says, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all”.
That makes us all guilty and therefore helpless and therefore forever indebted to God for His grace.
If you did not get a chance to vote Sunday, or have an additional thought about this, feel free to share your thoughts with the group.
You can hear the sermon, “Guilty, Vile, and Helpless” here.