7 deadly sins in the Bible!
What is the most deadly sin of the seven deadly sins?
In the Bible, sin is sin but seven (7) deadly sins are found from Genesis to Revelation. They are the seven behaviours or feelings that inspire further sin.
What is sin?
Sin is any act of disobedience.
Generally, there are 3 categories of sin: ((1) The lust of the flesh (2() The lust of the eyes and (3) The pride of life according to 1 John 2:16 KJV “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
But before we move, for a better understanding of this subject, let us look at iniquity and transgression. There are difference between sin, iniquity and transgression. These three are mentioned in Psalms 32:5 KJV “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. ”
As I mentioned earlier, sin is any act of disobedience. Sin is any form of unrighteousness – 1 John 5:17 KJV “All unrighteousness is sin….”
Transgression is when someone chooses to intentionally disobey God as it is in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve intentionally chose to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit –1 Timothy 2:14 KJV “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” One practical example is this: you are driving and you see the red traffic light pointing and indicating stop sign but you choose and refuse to stop and you drive on; this is the practical example of willful sin (transgression) – Hebrews 10:26 KJV “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,”
Iniquity is when someone continues sinning; he or she continues to sin without repentance – Psalms 51:2, 5 KJV “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
There are three worst sins. What are they? The source of these 3 worst sins is evil thought – not just one evil thought but evil thoughts.
These “evil thoughts” can be categorized into three types: (1) lustful appetite (gluttony, fornication, and avarice) (2) irascibility (easily provoked anger)/wrath (3) mind corruption (vainglory, sorrow, pride, and discouragement). The gateway to the human mind is eyes and ears as what we see and hear affects us either positively or negatively – directly or indirectly. What we see and hear matters a lot to the human mind.
These 3 worst sins can be broken down into 7 components of deadly sins, that is, 7 deadly sins. They are:
Pride is the most deadly sin of the seven deadly sins. That is, pride is the deadliest sin of the seven deadly sins. Wrath, envy, greed, slot, gluttony and lust are all bad but pride is the deadliest of all, the foundation and pillar of all evil, and it is the first of sin. Pride is vanity. It is the sin referred to as vain glory just as greed referred to as avarice or covetousness; and wrath referred to as anger.
Pride is the beginning of sin. How? Satan the devil committed this sin first when he wanted to exalt himself above God in Heaven – Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
You will see that from the above quote (Isaiah 14:12 – 14), the word “I” appeared five times in verses 13 and 14. That letter “I” is referred to Satan.
The proud is the first enemy of God – and God resists the proud all the time: 1 Peter 5:5 KJV “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
The opposite of pride is humility. Before a fall comes the pride and the result of pride is destruction – Proverbs 16:18 KJV “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
The pride of life brought the downfall and destruction to man in the Garden of Eden as man desired to be like the Almighty God and disobeyed God’s instruction on NOT to eat the forbidden fruit. This pride of life gave birth to the other two worst sins – the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh in the Garden of Eden: Genesis 3:5-6 KJV “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Humility (the opposite of pride) combined with the fear of God brings riches, and honour, and life: Proverbs 22:4 KJV “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”
The pride makes some people not to acknowledge God and the existence of God’s factor (the grace of God) in their lives. Pride makes them to look down on others. The pride can manifest in the life of the rich and the poor as long as he or she is not broken and humble as a genuine Christian who supposes to be clothed with humility – 1 Peter 5:5 KJV “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
It takes humility of mind to serve God: Acts 20:19 KJV “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind…” Pride is the sin of mind corruption.
In Christianity, brokenness is required to destroy pride.
Pride will send many to hell/lake of fire where they will spend the rest of their lives – their eternity in the lake of fire as they refuse and reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour while still living here on the surface of the earth before their death. This is the reason why is the deadliest sin. This sin of pride is even the behavior or feeling that inspires further sin – it fuels other sins to manifest!
Another name for greed is avarice or covetousness.
This sin destroys. It is the greed that makes someone thinks of covetousness. Its source cones from the pride of life to think by covetousness that man’s life consists in the abundance of the things he possesses: Luke 12:15 KJV “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
Covetousness and pride of life walk and work together to destroy any man who gives room to greed according to the parable narrated in the Bible by our Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 12:15-21 KJV “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” You can see that this prosperous and fruitful man failed to acknowledge God in his success/achievement as a result of the pride of life and covetousness in his life. You can see the word of letter “I” appearing six times in his expression indicating pride – and this pride resulted in covetousness. Covetousness will make someone never to be satisfied with possessions (the worldly goods) – Ecclesiastes 5:10 KJV “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Remember that pride is also vanity!
The only solution to greed (covetousness) is godliness with contentment which is great gain – 1 Timothy 6:6 KJV “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
It is greed/covetousness that generates the love of money which is the root of all evil – 1 Timothy 6:6-10 KJV “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Some covet other people’s wives, husbands, positions, cars, houses, and many other things as a result of giving their minds and hearts to greed/covetousness. Apart from the pride of life, it (greed/covetousness) is also from the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh.
Greed/covetousness is of the mind and therefore, it is mind corruption. It is of lustful appetite! You want to have what is not yours –you strongly desire to have what belongs to somebody else.
The only thing we the genuinely born again Christians recommended for that we should covet in the Bible is the best gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”
The sin of lust has to do with lustful appetite – gluttony and sexual immorality like fornication, adultery, rape, masturbation, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, pedophilia, etc. This is the sin committed with both soul and body – Matthew 5:28 KJV and 1 Corinthians 6:18 KJV “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart…..Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
Wrath is the same thing as anger. This is irascibility – easily provoked anger.
The scripture says anger is associated with fools – it is a common nature of the fools:
Ecclesiastes 7:9 KJV “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”
To be hasty in your spirit is to be angry on any issue that requires calmness and patience. To be hasty in your spirit will cost you a lot of damages, even irreplaceable and irreparable damages, that is, very costly mistake(s), even at times may lead to injury and death. This is the reason why the word of God says anybody who is slow to anger (anyone who exercise calmness and patience in time of anger) is better than the mighty and who is able to control his or her anger in his/her spirit is better the mighty who captured and conquered a city: Proverbs 16:32 KJV “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
The wrath of man never produces the righteousness and praise of God; it leads to evil – James 1:19-20 KJV “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
Uncontrollable anger destroys a very good (excellent) relationship. The Apostle Paul experienced this between him and Barnabas – sharp contention (the product of anger/wrath) scattered the good relationship between him and Barnabas in the ministry – Acts 15:37-40 KJV “And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.” Read verse 39 again: Acts 15: 39 KJV “And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other….” Uncontrollable, unmanageable, uncontainable anger destroys visions, missions, marriages, businesses, careers, ministries, etc.
The opposite of wrath/anger is calmness/patience with good humor of happiness. You use calmness or patience to control, kill and destroy anger. No normal person is angry in time of happiness and joy. Cain got angry at God because he could not obtain God’s favor – God rejected his offering and therefore killed his brother (Abel). Cain failed to manage his anger at God’s rejection of his offering: Genesis 4:4-6 KJV “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?”
It is the transferred aggression of Cain at God to Abel that made him (Cain) kill his younger blood brother since God rejected his offering. Transferred aggression is a situation where you impose your anger on those around you instead of the source of it. Transfer of aggression is one emotion most of us tend to have in-born in us all. When we are offended by someone, we tend to at most times pour out our annoyance or aggression on other people who are totally ignorant and unaware of the situation that might have transpired between you and the person who annoyed you. This is what happened between Cain and Abel because Abel was unaware or ignorant that Cain (his elder brother) was angry at God for rejection of his offering by God.
Anger has to do with our emotion and if it is not well managed, it will lead to sin. The wrath/anger, I am talking about here is not the holy anger that hates sin with passion but the one that leads to sin/evil – Psalms 37:8 KJV “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”
It is wrath/anger that makes Moses not to enter the Promised Land – the anger denied him the fulfillment of the promise of God in his life to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land.
Anyone who fails to manage his anger, to put it under control is like someone who has no rule (control) over his own spirit and such a person is like a city broken down without walls as anger has to do with the spirit – Proverbs 25:28 KJV “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
In domestic violence, always there is an element of anger to fuel it if not checked and put under control.
It is the anger that will make a quick-tempered man acts foolishly, that is, anger that is not controlled will make you to act foolishly. Self-control helps kill and destroy any form of anger/wrath that will make you act foolishly and that will lead you to sin/evil. Self-control is the ninth (9th) component – last component of the fruit of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:23 KJV “Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” The word “temperance” in this scripture means “self-control”.
“Envy,” on the other hand, is more like “want” and “desire” than “zeal.” In Christianity, envy is not jealousy – they are absolutely different from each other.
.”Envy” is defined as “a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another’s advantages, possessions, status, etc.; resentful dislike of another who has something that one desires.”
Envy and covetousness are two negative feelings that make us unhappy. But there is difference in meaning between envy and covetousness because covetousness “is an insatiable desire for worldly gain.” Covetousness is an insatiable desire to find fulfillment, meaning and purpose in things, instead of in God. The spirit of covetousness leads to and is the mother of many other sins. For instance, coveting another man’s wife leads to adultery.
Envy makes you not to be happy for someone’s achievement, fulfillment, ability, success, victory, breakthrough, etc ; you prefer them not to experience God’s blessings in their lives. You can move or graduate from this sin of envy to covetousness by desiring to have them – an insatiable desire for worldly gain – an insatiable desire to find fulfillment, meaning and purpose in things, instead of in God – lack of contentment for what God has given to you – lack of contentment for what God has blessed you with.
Please never you confuse envy with jealousy because they are different biblically. Jealousy is to protect and guard with passion what you have (your possession). Remember our God is a jealous God: Exodus 20:5 KJV and Exodus 34:14 KJV “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…..For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
One sin inspires further sin or another sin, for instance, envy may inspire covetousness.
Once again note that there is difference between envy and covetousness. From google.com/search: The main difference between envy and covet is that envy is a feeling of discontent and resentment based on someone else’s possessions, abilities, or status while covet is wishing, longing, or craving for something that belongs to someone else. Envy and covetousness are two negative feelings that make us unhappy.
Envy destroys the person who harbours it to the point that it rots the bone of such a fellow – Proverbs 14:30 KJV “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”
Where there is envy, there will be the presence of strife and divisions – 1 Corinthians 3:3 KJV “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” Where you see the presence of envy, you will see hatred hidden in the life of a person harbouring it – Titus 3:3 KJV “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” Envy throws genuine love out of the window. When love is thrown out of the window, then strife comes in – Romans 13:13 KJV “Let us walk honestly, as in the day….not in strife and envying.”
Pride (vainglory) with anger/wrath bears the fruit of envy – Galatians 5:26 KJV “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
What is the spiritual root of envy?
Envy is sourced from and rooted in the absence or lack of belief (nonbelief) that God is all powerful, cares about you deeply with passion and has wonderful thoughts and plans for your life – Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
My advice for you is do not be envious of those who do wrong for the reason that they are like the grass, they will soon wither, they are like green plants, they will soon die away – Psalms 37:1-2 KJV “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”
Stay away from the prosperity of the wicked, never you be envious of their prosperity because total destruction is awaiting them in the near future – Psalms 73:3, 18-19 KJV and Proverbs 24:1 KJV ” “For I (King David) was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…..Surely thou (God) didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors……Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.”
Gluttony in the Bible, it (gluttony) is closely linked with the sins of drunkenness, idolatry, lavishness, rebellion, disobedience, laziness, and wastefulness: Deuteronomy 21:20-21 KJV “And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.” From this scriptural quote, verse 21, says it is evil that needs to be put away. Don’t accommodate gluttony in your life.
The Bible condemns gluttony as a sin and places it squarely in “the lust of the flesh” – 1 John 2:15-17 KJV “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Gluttony is a condemnable sin in the Bible as the Lord Jesus Christ commented on it in Matthew 11:18-19 KJV “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.”
Gluttony means eating or drinking too much, that is, excess in eating or drinking. For instance, eating 5 full plates of food instead of one full plate prepared for each person in one sitting is an example of gluttony.
The fruit of gluttony is poverty – Proverbs 23:21 KJV “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”
Another name for sloth is laziness.
Sloth is a sin because God created, designed and fashioned human beings (people) to work. Work is a blessing from God to man because through work people provide and care for their family, help their neighbors and community, or use the gifts God gave them for his glory by putting the gifting to work.
When God created Adam the first man in the Garden of Eden, the first thing God did was He fashioned/designed him for work and gave him work to do: Genesis 2:15 KJV “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
According to the Bible, laziness and reluctance to work are offensive to God. Manna stopped when the children of Israel entered the Promised Land so that they would have to work: Joshua 5:12 KJV “And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”
The word of God says the slothful should be put to forced labor: Proverbs 12:24 KJV
“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.” The New King James (NKJV) translation put it this way: Proverbs 12:24 NKJV “The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.”
The Bible says he does not work should not eat: 2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
Generally in Christianity, prophecy or positive declaration for financial and material blessings without work is a good example of sloth – it leads to poverty. But after prophecy or positive declaration, to be materially and financially blessed is hard work by work. You must have product or service that people need for you to have financial success and freedom. Avoid the excesses of the prosperity gospel pastors as they lead to sloth or laziness.
What is a good example of sloth in the Kingdom of God?
The person will be physically inactive and neglect what God has said. Very often, this will lead to resources being wasted. As an example, sloth is about a person not helping those in need, even though they would be able to – Matthew 25:34 – 46.
Sloth is not using your gift for the purpose God created you for – Matthew 25:14 – 30
Sloth is forsaking and leaving undone the three (3) weightier matters of the law – judgment (justice), mercy (compassion or kindness), and faith (faithfulness: Matthew 23:23 KJV “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” Sloth is not reading and studying your Bible daily and not doing what the word of God says.
Not carrying out the obligation or mandate of pure religion in Christianity is also a very good example of sloth: James 1:27 KJV “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
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