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Are All Sins Equal?

J. D. Greear is the pastor of the Summit Church in Durham, NC and the 62nd President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He preached a sermon titled “How the Fall Affects Us All.” It was based upon Romans 1:24-32. He was using a corrupt translation so he started out wrong. His first error was to make Romans 1:18 say that God’s wrath is against those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, when, in fact, it says “hold the truth in unrighteousness.” The Greek word means to have something in one’s possession and to hang on to it. It is not telling us that they are keeping the truth from others, but that they possess the truth yet live in unrighteousness. Statements Pastor Greear made in the message “We don’t get to choose our corruption” He mentioned the list of sins in the passage and said we don’t choose which ones affect us. Everything on the list is a matter of choice, and we do choose to rebel against God’s precepts. He knows this to be true because he said, “We rejected God’s rule and substituted our own in its place.” This is done by choice; we choose where we violate

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