Pope Gregory the Great was the 6th century Pope (540-604) that gave the name 7 Deadly Sins to a specific set of behavior prevalent in his day. Not much has changed in the more than 1400 years since he died. And I can’t tell you if Pope Gregory taught this, but early church leaders wrongly taught that these sins were unforgivable by God.
That’s false because the Bible tells us that the only sin that God won’t forgive is that of unbelief. That’s a topic for another post, but in essence, unbelief is unforgivable only because it includes rejection of Jesus Christ.
The list of 7 deadly sins that Pope Gregory came up with are not listed as such in the Bible. That doesn’t mean that the teaching on Pope Gregory’s 7 deadly sins is wrong. They are in fact still sin, but you should not directly attribute them to the Bible or confuse them with a similar list found in Proverbs 6:16-19.
“There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes,a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.”
What are the 7 Deadly Sins?
These are the sins that are subtle, destructive, and are common to all of us. The root of all 7 deadly sins is pride. Each one of these sins are given their own resource page which I’ll list below.
In each of the posts below, I’ve outlined the sin, what it looks like, and provided practical steps to overcome them. I hope these will be a good resource for you as you continue to grow in your faith and walk with the Lord.
The 7 Deadly Sins Articles: