Is pride still one of the seven deadly sins?
For 13 years, I served in the Kentucky General Assembly, and repeatedly I would hear other legislators say, “I am a proud Democrat” or “I am a proud Republican.” That statement always sat wrong with me because I was taught from an early age that we should not be prideful about ourselves or our abilities. Confident, yes, but prideful? No!
There’s a humility that a Christian should always exhibit, regardless of their capabilities or their giftedness, because all of these gifts come from God. Christians, in our humility, serve Christ and are willing servants. So, such exhibitions of pride sit wrong with me. And so, I’ve taught myself, my children, and my family not to be prideful.
And yet, right now, America has dedicated an entire month to pride — a sin which is absolutely abhorrent to God — and sexual immorality which has been declared to be an abomination in the Word of God (Gen. 2:24; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Mat. 5:28; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; Heb. 13:4).
Contrast this attitude of pride with the humility of Jesus Christ. When Jesus first came, He came lowly as a servant. Jesus said: “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mat. 11:28-29 NASB).
Jesus is gentle and humble. Paul’s letter to the Church of Philippi records it this way: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name” (Phil. 2:5-9).
Our great God and Savior — who sits at the right hand of the Father and who has existed for all of eternity — emptied Himself and humbled Himself. In so doing, Jesus demonstrated the right attitude that we as Christians should take, and as mature adult human beings, quite frankly.
And yet, the world wants to elevate pride. And, what’s it so proud of right now? It is proud of its LGBTQ+ agenda.
If you go to Wikipedia and look up the definition of pride, it notes that pride is the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins. It is the most demonic out of all other sins and stands as the source of all other capital sins. Pride also equates to hubris, which is an excessive arrogance or audacity, especially before a holy God.
Proverbs 16:18 in the King James version says that “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Consider what Jesus said in Matthew 11 to the cities where He was ministering, in Chorazin and Bethsaida and Capernaum. The upper Galilee region was the very headquarters of Christ’s ministry. He said that it would be worse for them than for the wickedly evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgment because those three cities had witnessed Christ’s blessing. They had experienced Christ’s own ministry first-hand, and yet they rejected Jesus. Sodom and Gomorrah were judged with fire. God’s wrath was poured out on them. But, Jesus declared He will be easier on the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah than these three cities that had witnessed and understood the truth of what Jesus Himself revealed, but had rejected.
How much worse will the United States be judged for our embracing pride and an abomination instead of staying true to the Word of God?
In 1964, a songwriter named Hamilton Camp wrote a great song titled “The Pride of Man.” It was later sung by Gordon Lightfoot. In it, he sang, “Oh God, the pride of Man, broken in the dust again.”
This age-old cycle of man — turning his back on God, shaking his fist in arrogant pride — is exactly what led to the downfall of Satan and why it is a satanic effort to perpetuate pride in the hearts of men.
The LGBTQ+ community in appropriating the rainbow — God’s sign that He would never again flood the earth to punish mankind for their sins — has to be especially offensive to our Holy God. Why? Because in Genesis, God set up the rainbow as a sign of His “…covenant which I am making between me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations” (Gen. 9:12-13). God added, “I set My [God’s] bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of covenant between Me and the Earth.”
This very symbol — the rainbow — has been appropriated by the prideful to stand for what God calls an abomination. Such an action has to be an affront, an absolute insult added to injury, to our Holy God.
Jesus came to die to pay the debt for all of our sins, so it is not my intention to pick out anyone as more worthy or needy of the grace of God. All of us have fallen short and need to repent and humble ourselves before God and accept His free gift of salvation (Rom. 3:23; 5:8; 10:9-10).
Still, we must remember — pride will lead to destruction. James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 says that Christ gives a greater grace, so while He is opposed to the proud, He will grant grace to the humble.
We know that in the fullness of time, God will pour out His wrath on all of those who have rejected His Son and stood on their own human pride. The great prophet Isaiah records: “For the Lord of armies will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is arrogant and haughty, and against everyone who is lifted up, that he may be brought low” (Isa. 2:12).
Folks, judgment is coming! The wrath of God hangs over the heads of all who have rejected Jesus Christ. Don’t stand on your pride rejecting the salvation of God, rather, humble yourselves. Come to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Jesus is coming soon, that we can be assured. He is bringing glorious, eternal joy to all of those who have put their trust in Him. But, if you have rejected Jesus, if you are full of pride, then the wrath of God still abides on you (Jn. 3:36). I pray that you will humble yourselves before our great God and Savior who is soon returning to judge the world of its pride and sin.
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Pride is prevelant in many areas especially sports, politics and Hollywood. Is it not pride when people demand exorbitant salaries?
My question is how do you respond and deal with an adult child who was raised in Church, professes to be a Christian, and works with Youth Groups who suddenly has adopted a gay lifestyle? And how do you respond to Christian friends and family who support and praise their choice?
Remind them that the Bible teaches that any kind of sin is sin that condemns us and sends us to the just judgment of Hell (Rom. 3:23; 5:8; 6:23). Fortunately, no matter who the sinner is or what they’ve done, we can be forgiven, saved, and cleansed by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Once saved, then we obey Jesus’ command to “go and sin no more.” That is the message we share with sinners without having to sound condemning, allowing the Holy Spirit alone to move their hearts towards faith and repentance.
For more information on what the Bible says concerning homosexuality, see http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_social8.php and http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_social18.php. A website that minister to those trying to break free from homosexuality and their families – http://familypolicy.net/hope-for-homosexuals.
Thank God that the Lord has given us guidelines to live our lives by! Lets hope we all try to serve him and not ourselves.
…you speak the truth in love. We love the sinner, not the sin.
Although pride is abhorrent to God, and all sin is deadly, the concept of “The Seven Deadly Sins” is not Biblical. It was from the writings of the Roman Catholic church. The Catholic church divides sins into different categories, venial or mortal.
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, ” a venial sin is a sin that is relatively slight or that is committed without full reflection or consent and so according to Thomist theology does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace, while a deadly sin is “one of seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth held to be fatal to spiritual progress.”
It pains me when a Biblical Christian refers to Roman Catholic doctrine as if it were equal to Biblical doctrine. I would not depend on Wikipedia for Biblical doctrine.
The term “The Seven Deadly Sins” is not actually quoted in the Bible just as “trinity” or “Bible” is not in there.
Tim Moore isn’t using Wikipedia as his theological doctrine he’s referencing it has a mere secular argument, which is what you do when you’re engaged in a discussion to point to a truth to a non-believer or someone on the fence, and even with fellow believers.
I always do that too, in order to drive a point. I use both biblical and secular sources, so the sceptic won’t have a leg to stand on.
I’ll leave my comment here.
I always say, you can & should have pride in your work and how you dress when you leave the house, dignity, self-respect. But the pride where one looks down on others is sinful which causes others to despise you because of arrogance.
We can’t get away from Gods blessings & curses when you walk in obedience or don’t walk in obedience. When you do the right thing God and man will approve of you.
Great article. Makes me think I need to take the word “pride” out of my vocabulary. Instead of asking my grandchildren or students, “You must be so proud of yourself!” Maybe I should reword it to, “You must feel happy about ….” or “You must feel so accomplished in what you did.”
Having that wonderful sense of accomplishment after finalizing a grueling project perfectly is a perfect reward in itself, so I agree with you that the word “accomplishment” should be used with your grandchildren and students rather than to be “so proud of yourself.”
Seeing as we couldn’t take our next breath without God providing it, we shouldn’t be proud of anything, but humbly thanking God for enabling us to breathe, walk, talk, see, hear, and function well enough to complete ANY task. “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV
It is no coincidence that the pride flag has 6 colors, the number of man. God’s rainbow has 7 colors, Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red, the number of God.
This article was spot on. I’m so disgusted about how the whole retail world has crammed the Pride theme into everything, including rainbow swirled lip gloss. It’s everywhere, and how could children not want a piece of the Pride when they see Oreos with rainbow filling and furry rainbow pens at Dollar Tree. Unfortunately, we as a nation are losing yet another generation to the deadly sin of Pride and sexual perversion. Many straight parents are grooming their children by tolerating this ruination. Few are the Christian parents protecting their young. We are living in the days of Lot and Noah, Luke 17:26-30.
Great article Tim! I cringe every time I hear anyone, especially “conservatives,” say”I’m proud to be an American.” Pride is the beginning of America’s slippery slope to total destruction. Good is evil and evil is good with pride leading the pack of degeneratives. I’m not even pride to be a Christian; I’m blessed to be in the family of the Living, merciful God whose Son is my Lord and Savior!
Yes, it’s better to say that I’m grateful to be a Christian or an American.
Good topic to discuss. God picked Moses to lead the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Moses was a very humble man, but God gave him power to act against tyranny. Pride is defined as an excessively high opinion of oneself or being conceited or arrogant. Proverbs 8:13. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Pride leads to corruption. 2 Chronicles 26:16. Pride causes us to want recognition. Judges 15:14. God recognizes humility. Can you still be humble while being praised? 1 Samuel 18:15. Pride goes before destruction. Proverbs 16:18. Foolish pride can cause alot of problems and we see that every day in our lives.
Humility is the most underrated of the virtues. A humble person can choose from many ways to deal with adversity because they are able and willing to admit they could be wrong or that their choices may not be the best way to deal with a given situation. But the proud will hold onto whatever feeds their ego and evil desires, even if it’s self-destructive or harms others. They’re locked into one way to live and suffer for it.
“Your punishment came in one hour.”