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Seven Deadly Sins?

In the 4th Century C.E., there was a mystic who made a list of eight principle vices. Evagrius Ponticus inspired John Cassian who was a monk who wrote on these vices. Pope Gregory I in the 6th Century changed these into the seven deadly or cardinal sins of Roman Catholic theological thought. The list is a simplified overview as many sins are involved in each one listed, they are: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth. As you can see the list appears to be a generalization from which many other sins follow. Thing is, the Bible does not specify a list of seven sins.
We all know that there is One unforgivable sin and that all sin leads to death. Blasphemy against the Spirit or denouncing God (Matthew 12:31) is unforgivable but all other sin can be forgiven. Listing Seven Deadly Sins is a way to remind people that continuing in these sins means death but turning to God and leaving the sinfulness behind leads to life when one believes, trusts, and is faithful through Jesus (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

Proverbs mentions actions and thoughts that the Father hates and are an abomination: There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

Paul gives numerous examples of things of the world to remove from your life: But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Colossians 3:8 ESV

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 ESV

The list goes on and on. Paul spelled out the wrongs of the individual towns to make a point. There are many things of the world that God finds as sins against Him. Here is one major thing to notice, all these things are found in the 10 Commandments and the Statutes (Moral/Ethical Laws). Yes we need listings of sins but when it boils down to it, failing to abide by the Ten Commandments leads to death. We are incapable of always abiding by them, that is where Jesus comes in. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. James 2:10 ESV                                        Only accepting Christ and changing our lives leads to life. His sacrifice paid for our sins in full.

Living the Best We Can for God
You see, God has a plan for you. Though this message was specific towards Jeremiah, God is with us all when He says,
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
What is required of us is to guard ourselves from our sinfulness and live a right life the best we can for:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV

We should replace the sins with the fruits of the spirit, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness Galatians 5:22 ESV.

Paul tells the Corinthians, Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
To sum it all up, anything that is written in Scripture as something that is against God is considered a sin and should be avoided at all costs. Today there are many who have forgotten and are living unnatural, sinful lives. The Seven Deadly Sins have become a normal way of living for many people. Please do not be deceived by the view of the new norms of society, the devil is in the mix. Those norms are against God and nature. Stand firm in the faith show God’s love whether in comfort or correction, compassion or conviction. Show God’s tough love as needed no matter how much it may hurt for our suffering now will be rewarded.

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