The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, are a classification of the most objectionable vices that were originally used in early Catholic Church teachings to educate and instruct followers concerning mankind's sinfulness. They are: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.
Sin is understood as 'missing the mark with God,' and the Bible reminds us that, 'all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,' Romans chapter three verse 23.
Although there is no place in the Bible where a specific list of the seven deadly sins is given, there are lists of virtues contrasted with lists of sins found in certain books of the New Testament, such as the Epistle to the Galatians, chapter five verses 19 to 23.
Some examples of these are sexual immorality, idolatory, sorcery, division, dissension, jealousy, anger, quarrelling, selfish ambition, drunkenness and wild parties; as compared to the fruits of the spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
All sin is deadly according to Romans chapter six verse 23 (New International Version), 'For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.' The great part of that verse is the good news that God extends his love as a gift, so that we need not die in our sin. We can know his forgiveness and the joy of life he intends for us when we receive his grace.
It is available for everyone, no matter how severely we think we have sinned.
Come to Jesus and be set free.
Commissioner Jim Knaggs