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Seven Deadly Sins- Truth On Mortal or Venial Sin (The Cold Truth)

Seven Deadly Sins

By Apostle Quinson Thomas. Updated on March 12, 2022.

The concept and doctrine surrounding the seven deadly sins and how to overcome them is a biblical heresy.Even though we do NOT support or endorse Roman Catholicism, The Seven Deadly Sins, is a hot topic, and we wanted to bring some clarity and share on it since it's been on a lot of people's radars. The seven deadly sins doctine was falsely started by the Roman Catholic Church, but by God's grace in studying the scriptures we will counter it.

What are The Seven Deadly Sins (Mortal Sins) and Who Started The Deadly Sins Doctrine.

The seven deadly sins are sins that have been coined by the Catholic Church, namely by Pope Gregory 1 in his work, Evagrius Ponticus, in the late 6th Century. Thomas Aquinas later penned in his literary work, Summa Theologica, on the 7 deadly sins in the 16th Century.

And what Pope Gregory 1, in the 6th Century, did was he extrapolated some things from the scriptures, particularly from the book of Exodus, Deuteronomy, Proverbs, Galatians, and some other places. These seven deadly sins are known by the Catholic Church as mortal sins, cardinal sins, or capital sin. These are sins willfully and purposely committed by the person committing the sin. These also carry, according to the dogma, a penalty of eternal damnation.

According To The Seven Deadly Sins Doctrine, Mortal Sins Are Not Venial Sins

According to Pope Gregory and Thomas Aquinas, not the Bible, there's something called a venial sin and venial sins are those sins according to the Roman Catholic Church, that are sins that people do, but not purposefully, for example, a white lie that a person says to somebody to make them feel better.

Again, Scripture does not use the title, 7 Deadly Sins. We know that ALL sin leads to death.

Romans 6-20-23

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ who sets us free from sin and makes us servants of righteousness!

Romans 6:7-19

17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

The Lord Jesus Christ sets us free from sin, not our works. It is the gift of God (grace) that we receive through faith in Him.

Nevertheless, the seven deadly sins is a term coined by Pope Gregory 1 and extolled by Thomas Aquinas and as I mentioned, these are: cardinal sins, mortal sins, or capital sins. All of these terminologies mean the same thing essentially. They mean that you willfully commit an act of sin that leads unto death. ( All sin actually leads unto death.)

The seven deadly sins are numbered as follows:

  • Pride
  • Envy
  • Wrath or Sinful Anger
  • Gluttony (and Drunkenness)
  • Lust
  • Sloth
  • Greed

I'm going to do a bit of a discussion on this, even though the Bible doesn't call these The Seven Deadly Sins.

No sin as we know is unforgivable. Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ being the propitiation for our sin, dying on the cross, rising again on the third day and by faith in Him, we receive the victory. And what is that victory that overcomes the world? It's even our faith.

1 John 5:1-4

1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

And so, as you have faith in Christ Jesus, any and everything can, in fact, be forgiven. However, let's go based on the terminologies that the Catholic Church in the works, Evagrius Ponticus and Summa Theologica share, since this is such a hot topic in Christendom, so to speak. Even though we don't ascribe to this terminology and to Roman Catholicism we will go through these just so that you can see what they actually are. At the end, we will follow up with what God's Word truly teaches.

Listing of the Seven Deadly Sins

And the first thing is pride.


Pride has to do with trying to lift yourself up. Trying to make yourself seem exalted, that's pride. And so pride is nothing more than trying to take the place of God. And when you try to take the place of God in your life, that is when you are said to be prideful. And we know that pride as Scripture says goes before a fall.


Envy is wanting what somebody else has. Envy is wanting to possess that was another possesses, it causes you to secretly hate and to detest another individual because of what he or she has attained. This is envy.

Next is Wrath.


Wrath is strong anger or indignation. It is when a person tries to inflict harm or vengeance on another person for feeling spited, or wronged.


Gluttony is over-indulgence in food or in drink. So this involves overeating and drunkenness.


Lust is similar to envy, but it tends to be sexual. It leads to wanting to possess the wife or the person of another or the body of another person. It is a strong sexual desire. It is an intense desire for sexual escapades with an individual or individuals that are not yours by God's law.


Sloth is moving very slowly, not being efficient, wasting a lot of time, and wasting a lot of the resources given to you by God. This is being slothful.


Greed comes from a state of feeling like you never have enough. It is a lack of contentment. The Bible says that godly contentment is much gain but greed never feels like it has gained and of course, according to these writings, that are not scriptural, the corresponding virtues referred to as the Seven Heavenly Virtues, or the seven virtues are the cure or the antithesis of the seven deadly sins. But, biblically, they are not the "cures" that can lead your soul to glory. Jesus is the only cure. Let's look at these seven heavenly virtues.

Introducing The Seven Heavenly Virtues (Cardinal Virtues) as the Antithesis of The Seven Deadly Sins

The seven virtues include humility, sincerity, chastity, gratitude, temperance, patience, and diligence. And these are said by the Catholic Church to counter the seven deadly sins, however, it is important to note that no amount of knowledge or information, or good works can rid you of sin and lead your soul to glory.

Correcting The Error Of Thinking That Man Can Counter Sin On his Own.

No amount of knowledge or information or good works can cause you to become righteous. You are only righteous through the work that Jesus did.

He is our righteousness, and through Him, through faith in Him, we become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

So all of this talk about this and virtues would be remiss if it was lacking the truth; the eternal truth, that Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John14). The life that we are to live is His life. We're supposed to live through the Son of God who died and rose again from the dead (2 Corinthians 5:15).

He died for us (paid the penalty of sin) so that we may live through Him (the gift of righteousness)!

So all of our work, all of our use of Scripture are as filthy rags if we do not depend on the work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of our souls, for the scriptures indeed declare that it is by grace through faith, we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we know that this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith (1 John5:4). So I hope that you have gathered some information on what is believed to be the seven deadly sins, but know that there is forgiveness in the name of Jesus and there's no other name by which men can be saved.

Acts 4:8-12

8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Salvation is not by virtues to outdo the Seven Deadly Sins, Salvation is By Grace Through Faith in The Lord Jesus Christ

But by that name of Jesus, if you are in need of a Savior, if you know you are in a sinful state, and you're looking for help and forgiveness and remission of sins and forgiveness of sins, then the only Way, and the only solution to this sin problem is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. You have to yield to His grace that saves you and then He gives you the grace to then work out these thingthat include these virtues of humility and thankfulness and so forth, but it's not man trying to do something, but Christ doing it through us.

And I'm not talking about the kind of grace that the world loves to promulgate. I'm talking about biblical grace.

Check out Titus 2:11-15

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

You see, The Lord Jesus gave Himself that He might redeem us, and purify us. We don't do that. HE does it as we humble ourselves before Him, realizing that what sinful man couldn't do, God did by sending His Son.

Romans 8:3-4

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

So it's because you're born again that you can live right. This is the result of Christ's work in you.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

How do you receive this saving grace so that He can do the work of redemption and purification in you?

By humbling yourself - for those who are poor in spirit, cower, and yield to Him, receive the Kingdom.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Salvation is not as the Catholics have it. It is not man's work or righteousness that brings about salvation, it's faith in Christ and the work that God did in Him for us that brings us to the place of salvation. For without the Lord Jesus Christ there would be no salvation for humankind. Every other road leads to eternal damnation, even the one dressed up by virtues.

True virtues come after salvation, not before.

Romans 8:3-4

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

John 17:3

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

You're saved by grace through faith, for having faith is the work of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 6:29: Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.