It has been objected that the long standing teaching of the
Church of a
distinction between "mortal" and "venial" sin
was an artificial distinction. But it was the Apostle John,
Evangelist and author of three epistles as well as the Book
of Revelation, from whom the church took that distinction
1 John 5:16-17
If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is
), he should pray to God and he will give
him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly.
There is such a thing as
which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing
is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.