Taking Aim at the Seven Deadly Sins

| December 31, 2014


The Christian life is a war, and one of your most lethal enemies hangs its helmet inside your heart.

This infernal, internal enemy is sin, which even after new birth continues to reside in every believer. As followers of Jesus, we’ve been given a simple mission regarding sin: search and destroy. Put it to death.

But in the words of Cornelius Plantinga Jr., in his book Not the Way it is Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin, “sin has a thousand faces.” The most famous faces of sin are the so-called “seven deadly sins:” pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. The deadly sins are the big seven among our moral and spiritual foes. They are the leading undercover operatives for the world, the flesh, and the Devil, that evil complex of powers arrayed against our souls. And while we may recognize these sins by their names, we are often misled by the subtlety of their methods and ways.

Naming the Sin

The various names and models for understanding the list of seven lend insight into its value. The most common designation, of course, is the one I’ve already used: seven deadly sins. We can agree these…


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