Biblical Sins: The Six Levels Of Sin

The idea that sins can be divided up into two types, Mortal and Venial is very old. I agree that the Bible describes various levels of sin, and that some of these sins will bring the wrath of God, while others will not, but there is much more going on than that. Before we dig into these six levels of sin, let’s go over a few generalities.

An Approved Worker

NLT 2 Tim 2:15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith. 19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”

The real test of whether we belong to God is whether we turn from evil, turn from sinning.

God’s Judgment of Sin

NLT Rom 2:1 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? 5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness

The 6 Levels Of Sin – Summary:

Level 1: Unintentional Sins.

Unintentional sins are the lowest level of sin. We are to rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal these sins so we don’t keep blindly recommitting them.

Level 2: Besetting Sins

These recurring intentional sins keep us impure. They keep us from running a good race and disqualify us from honorable use. God can still use us for the everyday things, but pure “utensils” are needed for honorable uses.

Level 3: Destroying God’s Temple;

When we destroy our Bodies Thru Sexual Sins we are really destroying God’s temple. If we keep doing this we will force the Holy Spirit to leave us, and God’s wrath falls upon us.

Level 4: Sinning Unto Death

When we continue in these blatant outward sins, specifically when we call ourselves believers and indulge in sexual sins, greed, worship idols, are abusive, or a drunk, or a cheat we are sinning unto death. These sins spoil the worship of our entire gathering. The bible describes these sin-tarnished worship services as useless!

Level 5: Committing the Millstone Sin

When we cause others to sin we are committing the Millstone sin. I believe that this sin is tied in with the stricter judgment for Church leaders. Leaders who take advantage of the simple trust of believers, oppress their followers, or teach un-Biblical doctrines commit this sin.

Level 6: Taking the Mark of the Beast & Blaspheming The Holy Spirit.

Taking the mark of the beast is simply being ordained as a minister of the beast. This includes both the ordained ministers of the beast [The Roman Catholic Priest class system] and his statue [His image, the Protestant Priest class system].

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is presuming to take on the roles and responsibilities of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the leader of the participatory worship gathering.  He also leads each believer into all truth, tells them about the future and all that Jesus has for them.

In the next section we’ll go over the key passages and explain each of these levels of sin.

Level 1: Unintentional Sins

These Sins are the least egregious. We are to live relying on the Holy Spirit to reveal and forgive us from these unintentional sins:

NLT Ps 19:10 They [The commands] are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11 They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them. 12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.

These unintentional sins are less damaging than deliberate ones. Only the deliberate sins bring guilt.

Level 2: Besetting [Recurring] Sins

Ps 19:13 above leads us to the next level of sin – deliberate recurring sins. These recurring sins keep us from running a good race. These sins often reveal our idols, the things that we honor above God.

God’s Discipline Proves His Love

NLT Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up[besets us]. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. 5 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. 6 For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

We need to turn from these recurring sins.  They slow us down and keep us from running a good race.  They pull our eyes off Jesus, the initiator and perfecter of our faith. There are special categories of these deliberate sins that are more serious so let’s dive into these higher level sins.

Level 3: Destroying God’s Temple; Destroying Our Bodies Thru Sexual Sins

When we commit sexual sin we destroy God’s Temple, and we drive the Holy Spirit out from our body.

1 Cor 9:16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

This passage warns that if we are destroying God’s Temple, God will destroy us! If we continue sinning against our body we will drive the Holy Spirit away!

1 Cor 6: 12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”―but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality[YLT Whoredom]. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. 15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, The two are united into one. 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality[YLT Whoredom] is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

When we become children of God we no longer belong to ourselves, we belong to God. After God pays such a high price for us, the precious blood of Christ, we have Christ living in us. Those who continue in these sexual sin are really saying it’s OK to connect Christ to those sins.

I should note that the literal translations only identify the sin of whoredom, but the Amplified interprets this to include all forms of sexual immorality.

NLT 2 Tim 2:19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: The Lord knows those who are his, and All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil. 20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. 22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

When we allow these youthful lusts to reign free, we lose purity. We are no longer useful to God for the special occasions. We are no longer good for honorable uses. If these sins continue unchecked they will separate us from God and force us toe endure the Lake of Fire. Remember, all who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil. These sins are serious enough to be associated with the “cut off your hand/pluck out your eye – losing your soul” warnings.

Level 4: Sinning Unto Death; Continuing In Blatant Outward Sin.

This sin is even more serious than destroying God’s temple. These sins make our gatherings impure and the worship of the entire gathering becomes useless. This post details sinning unto death. The Sin That Leads to Death: Continuing In Blatant Willful Outward Sin. The folks who sin unto death are Denying God By The Way They Live

NKJV 1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

Why are we told not to pray for those sinning unto death. We are to pray even for our enemies. There must be something very serious going on here. This passage holds the key:

NLT 1 Cor 5:3 Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man 4 in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. 5 Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns. 6 Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. 8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread[h] of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth. 9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people[]YLT a whoremonger, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner]. Don’t even eat [much less worship] with such people. 12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

This man who lived in blatant willful sin while claiming to be believer needed to be turned over to Satan, removed from the gathering, so that the gathering would not be tarnished with the yeast of wickedness and evil, and that ‘his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns’[see verse 5]. The gathering is to worship with ‘the new bread of sincerity and truth’. We find that this man was soon restored to the gathering, after he turned from his sin[2 Cor 7:7-13].

The reason that we are not to pray for forgiveness for believer’s committing these willful ongoing sins is twofold. First we are to keep the gathering sincere and true, to keep it from wickedness and evil. Secondly, this sinner was turned over to Satan so that he would see the consequences of sinning unto death, and turn back to God. We are not even allowed to eat with [or pray for forgiveness for] these believers who openly indulge in: sexual sin [whoremongering – buying sex for money], greed[cheating others], the open worship of idols, abuse, or drunkenness

God prescribes this formula for addressing these outward sins. If the gathering chooses to ignore God’s prescription, the worship of the entire gathering becomes useless!Wrong Teaching and Useless Worship

It is worth noting that prayers for the forgiveness of other sins will give life to the sinner[1 John 5:16]! I don’t believe that this passage applies to those sins on level 5 or level 6, but this passage doesn’t preclude even that possibility.

Level 5: Committing the Millstone Sin – Causing others to sin.

Those who commit the Millstone sin are in for trouble. These folks will be cast in the Lake of Fire, God’s age of wrath. I think this sin is tied in with the stricter judgement for church leaders. Church leaders who take advantage of the simple trust of believers, teaching bad doctrines, or oppresing their followers are committing this sin.

NLT Mark 9:41 If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded. 42 “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’ 49 “For everyone will be tested with fire.50 Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.

This passage in Mark jumps directly from the Millstone sin to the “cut off your hand/eye warnings”. Verse 42 declares that everyone who commits this sin will be judged, worse than trying to swim with a millstone around your neck.

I believe that those who say that God’s grace allows us to continue to live immoral lives [the False teachers of Jude 1:4] commit the millstone sin.  Teachers can also cause others to sin when they twist the word to take advantage of others. These oppressors also commit the millstone sin.

Level 6: Taking the Mark of the Beast and Blaspheming The Holy Spirit

The Bible allows no recovery from either of these level 6 sins. All those who take the Mark of The Beast or Blaspheme the Holy Spirit will go thru God’s age of wrath, receiving his full wrath of the Lord.

Taking the Mark of the Beast is fully developed here: Understanding The Devil’s Mark Of The Beast

NLT Rev 13:16 He required everyone―small and great, rich and poor, free and slave―to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. 17 And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. 18 Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.  The 666 – 777 Triangle And Man’s Obedience To God

NLT Rev 14:9 Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand 10 must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11 The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.

This spiritual mark involves spiritual buying and selling. When men pledge allegance to the ministry of the beast or his image they are accepting the mark of the beast.

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

The key to understanding this sin is found in Matthew 9, when Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man. Jesus was accused of blasphemy when he forgave a mans sins, something only God can do. Let’s take a look at that passage.

NLT Matt 9:1 Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” 3 But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”

If blasphemy against God is pretending to be God, then blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is pretending to be the Holy Spirit, taking over the roles and responsibilities of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 12:31-32 declares that blasphemy against Jesus, taking on Jesus role, can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot. God can not forgive someone who presumes to wield the power and displaces the proper place of the Holy Spirit. The role of the Holy Spirit is to lead God seekers into all truth, to show them the future, and to tell us all that Jesus has for us.

NLT John 16: 12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

The people who take over these roles are blaspheming the Holy Spirit. The Participatory Gathering Commands of 1 Cor 14 reveals that the Holy Spirit is the orchestrator of the biblical participatory worship gathering. These folks who take over the Spirit’s role, presuming they are worthy to lead believers into all truth, telling them about the future and whatever Jesus has for us; those who stand in the front of these gatherings drawing everyones attention to them, asking folks to choose them over other men are blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Dear God,

Please deliver us from sin; revealing and washing our unintentional sins, helping us to turn from our idols and our besetting sins, returning us to purity, no longer destroying your temple with sexual impurity, no longer committing or allowing believers to sin unto death, turning from men who lead others into sin, and rejecting those with the Mark of the Beast and those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit. In Jesus Mighty Name we pray, Amen.


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