“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling,” Proverbs 16:18.
Historically speaking the Seven Deadly Sins are “pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth.” Some have said these sins are not mentioned in the Bible, but such a statement reveals an utter ignorance of what the Scriptures declare.
The following is a list of the seven deadly sins and some of the Scriptures denouncing them:
Pride: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate,” Proverbs 8:13.
Greed: “The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the treacherous will be caught by their own greed,” Proverbs 11:6.
Wrath: “Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret; it leads only to evildoing,” Psalm 37:8.
Envy: “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always,” Proverbs 23:17.
Lust: “Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.,” James 1:15.
Gluttony: “Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door,” Ezekiel 16:49 (NLT).
Sloth (i.e., lazy, indolent): “Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks,” Ecclesiastes 10:18 (ESV).
Pride accompanies every other sin because it takes prideful arrogance to disregard what God teaches us is right and wrong and then do as we please. Pride deceived Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and led Adam to accept and eat it when it was offered to him. Pride is what makes us think it is alright to rebel against the will of a Holy God.
When it comes to sexual sins any sex act outside the marriage of one man to one woman is a perversion of the sex act and is an abomination. This would include fornication, adultery and bestiality. There are not many in our current cultural setting that can say they have not committed a sexual sin, though there are some. There is forgiveness of sin though for those who confess their sin and turn to Christ in faith.
But generally speaking fornicators, adulterers and those who have sex with animals do no flaunt their sins in public nor take pride in them. That is not true regarding the LGBTQ community. June is the month when they are “loud and proud” to celebrate their sin, and they want everyone to know it. They shed whatever shame they may have as they step boldly out of the closet, if they have not already.
While the Christian community is accused of hating and/or fearing those in the LGBTQ community, I can say I do not hate them any more than I would someone who commits one of the other sexual sins. It is a sin no different than any other sin, and like all other sins they need to be warned of the consequences of disobeying a Holy God.
But I think it is appropriate that the LGBTQ community’s celebration of sexual sin this month is called PRIDE, because it takes great arrogance to celebrate what the Word of God decries as sin. I do not hate or fear their pride, but I am saddened at their disregard for the divine injunction and what it will ultimately mean for them.