An Evangelical Vice: How Sin-Leveling Fails Survivors

Mapping the In-Between

[Content warning: discussion of sexual violence, abuse, and victim-blaming]

Sin is sin is sin. I grew up evangelical and heard this a lot. Maybe you have too.

Recently, I learned a new term: sin-leveling. Essentially, sin-leveling makes out all sins to be equally bad, “since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, NRSV). And it is true that we all mess up, and we’ve all done wrong.

But sin-leveling can have serious consequences.


Imagine this: a young woman at a Christian college gets raped. She gets blamed for it—for breaking a rule or doing something else considered by the college to be wrong—and maybe even gets expelled.

Sound crazy? Things like this have already happened at Brigham Young University. And Pensacola Christian College. And Bob Jones University. And numerous other Christian colleges and organizations. Sometimes the survivor doesn’t even break a rule…

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I like to paint, draw, bead and craft. I have been doing pottery as well. Attempting to work two low paying part time jobs, while taking care of mom.
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