By Victor Ochieng
The Bible categorically says that the wages of sin is death. The same Bible also notes in the book of James 2:10 that “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.”
What this basically means is that as a Christian you have to completely keep off sin. Luke 13:24 says, “Strive to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” By striving, you demonstrate a strenuous zeal to stay away from sin. You cannot consciously commit a sin, however small.
In a piece posted on Preying Narcissist, the writer outlines the following sins as among those that many Christians think they get away with:
Worrying – Some Christians get overly bogged down with worries on what’s to come instead of fully putting their trust in the living God. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalms 55:22). What this scripture underlines is the need to completely trust in the Lord. When you worry so much, you give Satan a foothold and you’re likely to be tempted into committing other sins under the illusion that you’re doing so to overcome fear.
Failing to forgive – There are things that we hold in our hearts against people. Whether the other party is conscious about it or not, if we still keep it in our hearts, it turns into a sin. Jesus gave the example of a king who forgave one of his servants of a debt. When the king later learned that the same servant had failed to forgive someone else of a much smaller debt, he rescinded his earlier forgiveness. Jesus then noted, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart” (Matthew 18:35). Although it’s not our actions that guarantee salvation but God’s grace, out efforts to live according to God’s command come as a demonstration that we fully trust in him. So, if you want to be forgiven, learn to forgive.
Lying – The Bible firmly talks against lying. We’ve seen several Biblical accounts of lies that God punished, including the case of Anania and Sapphira. Because they lied, the couple died. Humans at times lie, convincing themselves that it’s okay when it doesn’t hurt anyone. However, as a Jesus follower, lying isn’t acceptable in its totality. Colossians 3:9 says, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.”
Fear – The world where we live in is full of uncertainties. Many people live in fear of the unknown. But fear is sin, and those who fall prey will be cast in the Lake of Fire. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). When someone lives in fear, it means they lack in faith, which is the foundation of the Christian faith.
Cheating – A critical look at cheating connects it to stealing. The New Testament urges believers to shun falsehood, which could involve taking someone’s job and presenting it as yours or simply lying about an achievement. Even in an exam setting, a Christian shouldn’t rely on leaked answers.