The Seven Deadly Sins

19 02 2015

I am not sure that very many believers know about this list of vices that have been a concern of the church since the 5th century. Too often we excuse sin or make it into the negative and subjective concept of legalism.

Pastor Dave

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The seven deadly sins, all of which are found in the Bible, also show us what our human nature is like:

ANGER
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” Matthew 5:22
“Be not angry, for anger leads to murder. Be not jealous or contentious or full of wrath, for of all these things murders are engendered.”
Didache

COVETOUSNESS
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
“The soul of the covetous is far removed from God, as far as the memory, understanding and will are concerned. He forgets God as though God were not his God, owing to the fact that he has fashioned himself a god of Mammon and of temporal possessions.”
John of the Cross

ENVY
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
“Envy is the diabolical sin.”
Augustine

GLUTTONY
“Their god is their stomach.”
Philippians 3:19
“Gluttony kills more than the sword” Sixteenth-century proverb

LUST
“They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man’s wife.” Jeremiah 5:8
“Surely,” we say, “such as verse as this must apply to ungodly, unregenerate people?” But no. Jeremiah 5:1 gives us the context, which is God’s people, living in God’s holy city: “God up and down the streets of Jerusalem.” All the Christian moral principles in a book like this should be applied to us as individuals, and to Christian fellowships, before we dare to point any accusing fingers elsewhere. Consider the horrors of child abuse, and the cover up of such rank evil, that have been committed by cardinals, Christian ministers and Christian leaders.

PRIDE
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
“He was like a rooster who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.”
George Eliot

SLOTH
The book of Proverbs warns us against sloth many times: Proverbs 10:5; 13:4; 18:9; 19:15.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?” Proverbs 6:6-9
“If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.”
Ecclesiastes 10:19

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