Yes, Leading Others to Sin Brings Greater Punishment

Thomas Schreiner | August 31, 2017


Is God more displeased when you cause another person to sin than when you sin yourself? Or are all sins the same? This issue arises when we think of a verse like Matthew 18:6. Jesus said: 

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall away—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea. (CSB)

Is there a greater punishment for someone who encourages and leads others to sin?

Answering a question like this is tricky since it depends on what we mean by “worse.” Worse in what way? If we commit sin and don’t repent, we will suffer the second death, the lake of fire. If we cause others to sin and we don’t repent, we will suffer the second death, the lake of fire.

We could say, then, that neither is worse than the other, for in both cases the end result is hell. Sin is sin, and sin leads to judgment. So in one sense, no sin is worse than another if we think in terms of our final destination—of whether we go to heaven or hell.

Yet some sins are…


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