40 Sins that may send you to hell if you do not repent:
repent and are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and which
is a faith that follows Him. (Jn. 10:27,28)
summation: Sin is defined in the Bible as the breaking of God's
Law. (1Jn. 3:4) God has given us both good things and good laws,
which are to our benefit when obeyed. But we have broken God's
good laws and misused His good things, to our own hurt and that
of others. It is sin which separates man from God (Is. 59:2), who
will not dwell with sin (Ps. 5:4), and lost sinners will go to
Hell because they are sinners, and will suffer punishment
relative to their degree of accountability and guilt. (Mt.
25:41,46; Lk. 10:13-15, 12:47,48; Rev. 20:11-15)
God offers redemption on His expense and merit, that of His only
Divine sinless Son, the Lord Jesus, who after doing everything
right, took responsibility for our disobedience and
suffered/died for sin, "the just for the unjust, to bring us
to God." and then rose again as man's present savior and
future judge. (1Pt. 3:18,19,22)
while sin damns the soul, the Ultimate Sin is to reject the only
Savior from sin, the risen Lord Jesus.
person who turns in his heart to the Lord Jesus from sin,
trusting Him for salvation, is forgiven, "born again,"
and adopted by God on Christ's expense (His own sinless blood)
and righteousness. And while Christians are not sinless, they are
characterized by following Jesus, and repenting when they realize
they have not.
more on how to be saved, keep reading after
is only a partial list of sins (here
is an attempt at a much longer one, while here
is a list of most capital crimes seen in Scripture). A short list
of sins — which include willful thoughts (Mk. 7:21-23) —
would be idolatry, profanity, contempt of parents and
authority in general, murder, adultery, theft, fornication,
lusts, while many more follow below. And which serve to help
reveal how great a sinner man is, with the Ultimate Sin (see #40)
being that of rejecting the LORD Jesus Christ, the Divine Son of
God. Whom the Father sent to be "the Savior of the world"
(1Jn. 4:14), and "who loved me and gave Himself for me"
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making of any created thing to be your "god;" settings
your ultimate love upon, finding your ultimate security in, or
giving your ultimate allegiance to any created thing(s), whether
material, human, or formal false religious gods. Attributing
uniquely divine attributes to created entities or things;
worshiping such as God. Idolatry is a a sin of atheism as by
necessity it effectively makes "gods" out of created
45:18; Ex. 20:3 Dt. 5:7; 6:5,14; 17:2-7; 27:15; Acts 21:25; 1
Cor. 5:11; 12:2; 2 Cor. 6:16; 1 Thes. 1:9; 1 Jn. 5:21; Rev.
attacking or otherwise showing disrespect toward God and His
character, in word or deed. Includes charging God, who alone is
eternal, infallible, omnipotent and omniscient, and does what is
right (especially in the light of eternity), with being immoral.
Such as many angry atheists do, effectively presuming omniscience
and superior wisdom and judgment. (Lv. 24:16; 1Ki. 21:10; Mt.
12:31; Acts 26:11; James 2:7)
TAKING THE NAME OF GOD
IN VAIN — misusing or misappropriating God's
name and authority for any purpose, such as invoking the name of
God/Christ to give authority to the unholy curses or purposes of
man. Includes falsely speaking prophecy in the name of the LORD.
It is a form of the sin of profanity.
(Lv. 19:8,12; Dt. 18:20a; 20:7; Jer. 20:1-6;
— irreverence or being contemptuous toward what
God calls holy, sanctified, in word or deed. (Gn. 18:19; Ezra
2:62; 9:2; Neh. 13:23-29; Ezek. 23:26; Mal. 2:11,15; Rm.
11:16; 1Co 7:14)
— one who entices others to practice false religion, to go
after other gods; apostasy, or which teach contrary to salvific
Scriptural Truths. (Dt. 13:6-12; Mt. 23:15; Acts 13:10; 2Cor.
11:13-15) Akin to the sin of misdirecting people, from making the
blind wander out of the way to maliciously giving false
directions. (Dt. 27:18; Mt. 15:14)
practice of witches; occultic magic: Ouija boards, astrology,
palmistry, necromancy, divination, etc.; also likened to
22:18; Lv. 19:31; 20:6,27; 1Sam. 15:23) See here.
SACRIFICE TO IDOLS, FALSE GODS (see #1) —
basically includes abortion (most of which are done for
convenience), or directing them to laws and ideologies contrary
to God's word, and which directs them on the path of damnation.
(Lv. 18:21; 20:2; Dt. 12:31; 18:10)
REBELLION AGAINST PARENTS
— Cursing, disrespect, or constant rebellion against
parents (except where obedience is required due to conflict with
God's word) (Ex. 20:12; 21:15, 17; cf. Lv. 20:9; Dt. 21:18;
AUTHORITY — Disobedience to just judgments
by God-ordained authority. (Dt. 17:9,10a, 11b,12; Josh 1:18; Rm.
13:1-7; 1Pet. 2:13,14)
premeditated killing with malice; intentional unlawful and or
unjust killing of another human; homicide with malicious
forethought. (Ex. 21:12-14: Lv.
24:17; Num. 35:31; Dt. 19:11,12; Jn. 8:44; 1 Tim. 1:9; 1 Pet.
4:15; 1 Jn. 3:15) Includes murdering one in their thoughts. (Mk.
— death of another caused by one's own negligence. (Ex.
activity between persons of the same gender; seeking to join same
genders in marriage (cf. here
18:22; 20:13; Rm. 1:26,27; 1 Tim. 1:10)
— men unnaturally taking on female characteristics and
behavior, contrary to the distinctive nature of opposite genders
God created, and thus their complimentarity. (1
Cor. 6:9; cf. Dt. 22:5)
— sexual relations between humans and animals. (Ex. 22:19;
Lv. 18:23; 20:15; Dt. 27:21)
— violation of the marriage bed; extramarital sexual
relations in heart or actions (includes lusting by pornography).
(Lv. 20:10; Dt. 22:23-25; Mk.
7:20-23; Jn. 8:3-5; Gal. 5:19; 1 Cor. 6:9)
sexual intercourse before marriage: also adultery and spiritual
unfaithfulness. (Gn. 34; Mt.
19:9; Mk. 7:20-23; Acts 15:20; 21:25; Rm. 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:1,11;
6:13,19; 7:2; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; 1Thes. 4:3; Rev.
9:21; 14:8; 17:2,4; 18:3; 19:2);
SEXUAL UNCLEANNESS —
all unnatural, impure or otherwise illicit (such as unmarried)
sexual activity, in heart or deed. (Mk. 7:20-23; 2Cor. 12:21;
Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5)
DECEIT, LYING —
dishonesty in every form; being a false witness. (Dt. 19:15; Mk.
7:22; 14:1; Acts 13:10; Rm. 1:29; 1 Tim. 1:10; 1Thes. 2:3; 1Pet.
2:1,22; 3:10; Rev. 2:2; 14:5; 21:8)
FALSE PRETENSE IN MARRIAGE
Marriage under the pretense of being a virgin. (Dt. 22:20)
lustful, wanton; captivating lust. (Gal.
5:19; Eph. 4:19; 1Pet. 4:3; Jude 1:4)
Selfish lusting for things, whether pleasure (food, sex),
possessions or power/prestige. (Lk. 12:15; Rm. 1:29; 2 Cor. 9:5;
Eph. 4:19; 5:3; Col. 3:5; 1 Thes. 2:5; 2 Pet. 2:3,14; 1Jn. 2:16)
stealing; the unlawful taking of anything material, intellectual,
etc. (Ex. 20:15; Lv. 19:11; Dt.
19:14; Dt. 27:17; Ezek. 22:29; Mk. 7:22; Jn. 12:6; Eph. 4:28; 1
PERVERTING JUSTICE —
perversion of what is right for the stranger, fatherless or
widow. (Ex. 22:22-24; Dt. 27:19)
HATRED — Unholy
bitter aversion, animosity, antagonism, resentment. (Rm. 1:29;
Gal. 5:20; James 4:4)
refusal to submit to truth, or just rulings by lawful authority.
(Rm. 1:29; 1Cor. 3:3; Gal.
5:20; Titus 3:9; Dt. 17:8-13)
unholy zeal; selfish ambition, strife to excel at the expense of
another. (Num. 12; Gal. 5:20;
WRATH — Carnal
turbulent, violent passions of unholy anger, indignation. (2
Cor. 12:20; Gal. 5:20; Col. 3:8)
STRIFE — fleshly
disputations; selfish contention for superiority. (Gal. 5:20; Rm.
1:29; 13:13; 1 Cor. 1:11; 2 Cor. 12:20; Phil. 1:15; 2:24; 1Tim.
6:4; 3:9; 1 Pet. 5:5)
carnal assembly of rebellious spirit in opposition to lawful
authority: fleshly factious uprising; (Num.
12; 16; Rm. 16:7; 1 Cor. 3:3; Gal. 5:20)
unholy factions holding false doctrine opposed to established
fundamental truths. (Gal. 5:20; Titus 1:3)
feeling displeasure at the excellence or prosperity of another
because you feel you should have it also. A cousin to jealousy,
selfishly feeling what others have belongs to you instead. (Num.
16:3,7; Mt. 27:18; Mk. 15:10; Rm. 1:29; Phil. 1:15; 1Tim. 6:4;
Titus 3:3; 1Pet. 2:1)
the state of being drunk; under the influence of intoxicating
substances which alter the senses for recreation. "Even the
cares of the world, when they intoxicate the mind" (Adam
Clarke). (Ga. 5:21; Dt. 21:20;
Lk. 21:34; 1 Cor. 5:11; 6:10; Eph. 5:18; 1 Thes. 5:7)
boisterous, indulgent festivities, carousing, loud merry-making,
partying. (Ex. 32:1-8; Gal. 5:21; Rm.
13:13; 1Pet. 4:3)
conceit. Seeing yourself better than you really are. (Ps.
12:3; 101:5; 119:21; 123:4; 138:6; Prv. 6:17; 15:25; 16:5;
21:4,24; 28:25; Eccl. 7:8; Is. 2:12)
frivolous or irresponsible behavior. (Prv.
12:23; 22:15; 24:9; 27:2; Eccl. 7:25; 1 Pet. 2:15)
forced extraction of
money, sex, things, by manipulation; coercion. (1
Cor. 5:11; Lk. 18:11; Mt. 7:15)
TO FORGIVE (Turk Sin #2038)
— holding a grudge,harboring personal resentment, a
bitter spirit against persons due to past injuries (see Hurt
and Resentment); pressing charges in heart, especially
despite ignorance or repentance on the other person's part. (Lv.
19:18; Mt. 6:12-15; 18:23-35; Heb. 12:15) This
does not exclude bringing issues to a person or the church that
should be addressed as being wrong in principle, and in the
interest of peace and righteousness, (cf. Mt. 18:15-17) but a
forgiving spirit, not a resentful one, is required in the light
of God's forgiveness of us, and not seeking satisfaction for
injuries is the higher standard. (Lk. 23:34; Acts 7:50; 1Co. 6:7)
— any evil thoughts, or imaginations, including
unwarranted suspicions; seeking vengeance; illicit sex fantasies;
planning evil. (Mk. 7:21; Mt. 9:4; James 2:4)
THE ULTIMATE SIN OF DAMNATION
- Rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living
God, and the only One who can save you from all your sins.
3:18, 36 - He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:
and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the
wrath of God abideth on Him.
flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that
obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be
punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the
Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be
glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that
believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that
day" (2Thes. 1:-10).