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The 7 deadly sins

Author: Billy Graham
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan Publishing House, 1955.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After a minister had spoken strongly against sin one morning, one of his members said, "We don't want you to talk so plainly about sin because if our boys and girls hear you mention it, they will more easily become sinners. Call it a mistake if you will, but do not speak so bluntly about sin." The minister went to the medicine shelf and brought back a bottle of strychnine marked POISON. He said, "I see what you want  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Billy Graham
OCLC Number: 15278770
Description: 113 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Pride --
Anger --
Envy --
Impurity --
Gluttony --
Slothfulness --
Avarice.
Other Titles: Seven deadly sins.
Responsibility: Billy Graham.

Abstract:

After a minister had spoken strongly against sin one morning, one of his members said, "We don't want you to talk so plainly about sin because if our boys and girls hear you mention it, they will more easily become sinners. Call it a mistake if you will, but do not speak so bluntly about sin." The minister went to the medicine shelf and brought back a bottle of strychnine marked POISON. He said, "I see what you want me to do. You want me to change the label. Suppose I take off this 'poison' label and put on some mild label such as 'peppermint candy.' Can't you see the danger? The milder you make the label, the more deadly the poison." During the last few years we have been putting a mild label on sin. We've called it "error," "negative action" and "inerrant fault." But it is high time that we put a POISON label back on the poison bottle and not be afraid to be as plain as the Bible is about the tragic consequences of sin. Pope Gregory the Great, at the end of the sixth century, divided all sins under seven heads. He said that every sin that a man commits can be classified by seven words. He named the sins: pride, anger, envy, impurity, gluttony, slothfulness and avarice. They have been called down through the centuries "the seven deadly sins." These sins are nowhere collectively mentioned in a single passage in the Bible, and yet they are all condemned separately in many places. Thomas Aquinas and most of the great theologians have agreed with Pope Gregory, and these seven deadly sins have become a recognized part of moral theology. These sins also became the subjects of poets. The scheme of Dante's "Purgatory" follows the order of the seven deadly sins. They are also discussed fully in Chaucer's "Parson's Tale" and in Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus." Even a recent Italian movie was entitled "The Seven Deadly Sins." The following messages, with very little editing, are just as they were given on seven consecutive broadcasts of "The Hour of Decision."--Introduction

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