Is Every Sin the Same in God’s Eyes?
When it comes to our public witness, we must have the courage to say that some sins are worse than others. Sins by pastors are worse than sins by parishioners. Sins by public figures with many followers are worse than sins by private individuals. And although all sexual sins are serious, we should not shrink back from teaching that sins against the light of nature—by which the Large Catechism means homosexuality (the sole reference is Romans 1:26-27)—are especially heinous, particularly when these sins are committed with delight and to the detriment of the common good.