There is a scale of sinning - of doing the right or wrong thing (and bearing in mind the wrongness is motivation):
1. Do the right thing.
2. Do the wrong thing and realise it was wrong, and learn from the experience.
3. Do the wrong thing and realise it was wrong.
4. Do the wrong thing and deny to yourself it was wrong.
5. Do the wrong thing and say to yourself it was the right thing.
6. Do the wrong thing, say it was the right thing - and try to persuade other people it was the right thing (aka. "Doubling-down").
7. Try to persuade as many people as possible that categorical wrong-ness is abstractly right.
4-7 are all necessarily self-damned states - increasing in severity.
7. Is the leftist intellectual: leftism being the philosophy of value-inversion as a means to evil (evil being the motivated destruction of God and divine creation). It is the worst; because such a person is not merely (like all of us, some-times) a sinner who failed to resist temptation; but (and without excuse of personal temptation or participation) someone angling to join Satan's strategic management team from a basis in shared goals.