5 Sins from the Bible That You Don’t Hear Discussed Much Today

by Jack Wellman · Print Print · Email Email

What sins are not even talked about anymore in society but are clearly defined as sin by God?  What ones would you add?

What is Sin?

1 John 3:4b “Sin is the transgression of the Law.”

Sin is what breaks God’s Law; the Ten Commandments.  Now, no one can keep the Law and that is why Jesus lived a sinless life.  He was able to keep the Law, we are not. We can never be saved by the Law.  The Law shows us why we need the Savior. Strong’s Dictionary: H6588 (Transgression): a revolt (national, moral or religious); rebellion.  Transgressing something means that it is repeated or where sin becomes outright rebellion “which is as the sin of witchcraft” (1Samuel 15:23). “An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenge will be sent against him” (Prov. 17:11).


Most of the world speaks out against robbery, murder, and child abuse or sexual abuse but adultery is no longer a headline in the local newspaper.  A hundred years or more ago it was big news.  Today, it isn’t even mentioned except by the local gossips of it it’s a big celebrity.  It’s now accepted as the new normal.  The Seventh Commandment is routinely being broken today and no one blinks an eye even though it is destroying marriages. According to Peggy Vaughan, author of “The Monogamy Myth,” first published in 1989 by New market Press (third edition published 2003) statistics estimate that “60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an extramarital affair.” That number is conservative and now, 25 years after that report, estimates are as high as 80% of men and 70% of women commit adultery at least once.  American women, who trail men when it comes to making money, leading companies and accumulating wealth, are closing the gap on those but also on at least one other area: cheating on their spouses. Scarlet Fu reports on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg, July 2, 2010). Divorce rates are skyrocketing as 20% of all divorces now occur as a result of adultery, which is breaking the Seventh Commandment.

Honoring Parents

5 Sins from the Bible That You Don’t Hear Discussed Much Today


This was the first commandment (the 5th) relating to other humans.  The first four Commandments were vertical (toward God) while the last six were horizontal (man relating to man).  The commandment to honor parents was so serious and important that a child could be stoned for breaking this commandment (part of the old Mosaic Law).  God’s seeing it as of first importance to mankind was the fact that it was the first commandment given for mankind relating to mankind because the backbone or strength of any society is the family and when children dishonor their parents, society can easily disintegrate.  Honoring your parents is not just for children though, it is for the grown children too.  I knew of a man who lived with his mother and he treated her with contempt and controlled everything she did.  We can also dishonor our parents by badmouthing them in front of others, blaming them and the way they were brought up for their own mistakes (including crimes).   Parents don’t have to be alive to still have this commandment broken. Honoring your father and your mother has no time or age limit on it, yet society thinks little about speaking ill of their parents and speaking to them in a condescending manner, even if they’re dead!  This is sin as far as God is concerned.

Lying or Cheating

Lying is one of the most frequent sins today but most people say that it’s okay.  Lying is also breaking one of the Commandments (Ninth Commandment).  A September 6, 2011 study by Psychology Today revealed that only 1% of college students in a full week did not tell a lie.  That means that 99% of the rest of the college students did!  I wondered if the 1% was actually telling the truth about this.  Lying is sometimes justified for the following reasons; they didn’t want to hurt the person’s feelings, they didn’t want to get in trouble for breaking a promise, they knew they were wrong so just lied about it, they forgot what they said that they would do…and number one was “it was only a white lie so I didn’t see it as wrong.” To God, lying is a serious sin.  I heard one theologian say it was like committing cosmic treason against God because we are made in the image of God.  Lying is such a common practice that only a small percentage of people think it is wrong and almost everyone in the study didn’t think it was a sin or listed as one of the commandments.  Lying has become so acceptable that no one thinks twice if they hear someone is lied to or lied about but that changes dramatically if that “someone” is the person that told them the lie.  That’s interesting because no one sees lying as a problem until they are the one lied to.  I sense a little bit of duplicity there.


The Eighth Commandment is also not talked about much by anyone unless of course someone steals something from them!  Stealing comes in many forms.  Clocking out early at work or not working for a full 8 hours or a shift which is stealing from their employer.  The fact that everyone does it seems to justify their doing it.  Stealing work supplies for personal use is also one of the greatest reasons that businesses don’t make a profit or go out of business. I went to a fellow co-worker’s home once and I saw that there were business supplies all over the house.  There was a stapler, envelopes, copy paper, pens, and assorted other supplies from our employer.  The man didn’t care that I noticed and probably thought nothing of it since “everyone else does it.”

Taking God’s Name in Vain

This is one of the most common of sins that no one talks about and it is using God’s  name as a cuss word, a swear word, or using His name in a vain way.  The Third Commandment is sometimes broken even by little children, probably because they have heard it at home or on the street so much.  When I worked as a teacher in an elementary school, I remember a 3rd Grader use “damn” as God’s last name more than once.  After a parent-teacher conference with the boy’s parents, I soon discovered where he picked it up.  Sometimes euphemisms are used in place of God’s name like “Gosh darn it.” “Jeez” (for Jesus), and the most frequent thing you will hear today and no one thinks anything of it is “Oh my God” even though by definition, it is using God’s name in a vain way. The word “vain” means in a common, useless manner but the fact is that God’s name is so holy that the ancient Israelites never even said it for fear of mispronouncing it and the fear of being killed by God for it (or stoned as the Mosaic Law required).


First, let me give you the bad news; we are all sinners (Rom 3:23).  We have all broken God’s laws.  There is not even one of us that are righteous (Rom 3:10).  We have all fallen short of God’s glory and for this, our wages have earned us eternal death (Rom 6:23).  Now, here’s the good news.  Second Corinthians 5:21 says “He hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”  Without the Savior to pay for your sins, you will have to pay for them yourself…and that will be very bad because that will take all eternity (Rev 20:11-15) because of God’s wrath will be on you (John 3:36) but if you repent today and put your trust in Christ, you can be saved from His wrath today and have peace with God (Rom 5:1).  That is my prayer for you.

Related reading: Bible Verses About Sin

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Jack H August 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

Hi, Pastor! Again, an interesting article. 🙂 As a matter of fact, there are even denialists who say we are influenced by our environment and have no responsibility for our actions as a result. Have you ever heard that ridiculous notion before? And concerning the Second Coming, I can only imagine Jesus’s face when he comes to claim the world and sees how much harm men & women have caused by too much ignorance and pointless rebellion. Maybe we’ll get a real-life version of the “Holy Facepalm” meme?
Yours truly,
Jack Haywood from Britain (or what’s left of it if the Scots decide they want independence)

PS: A few people are so frustrated with the condition of America, some are even considering having England rule over it once again, like the old days. However, I doubt that will ever happen as you guys tend to spend a lot of dollars on powering up your military 😛


Jack Wellman August 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

That would be like on Judgment Day standing before God someone who has never repented and trusted in Christ saying to God “What and let me go get my mother…she beat me as a child.” No, we shall all give an account and we cannot excuse our rejection of Christ. That is passing the buck and not accepting responsibility for our actions and that doesn’t fly even in the elementary schools. Thanks Jack. Always good to hear from you friend.


Jack H August 21, 2014 at 7:35 am

Oh yeah, I forgot, the old British government treated you badly… my mistake. 🙁 And no, I wasn’t excusing the rejection of Christ. I think you interpreted my comment wrongly. Maybe I went off topic a little and it confused you? However, I understand that you clearly hate the idea of a British America, and sorry for causing any offense. But please consider that we are no longer the old bitter abusive matriarch that we used to be.


Jack Wellman August 21, 2014 at 7:49 am

You caused no offense friend. You never do. You are and always are fine my good friend. I must have responded in an unclear way because I didn’t take you as excusing the rejection of Christ. I believe I must have been at fault for the unclear way that I responded. I know you by now my good friend across the big pond. You never offend and it is always a joy to hear from you.


Jack H August 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

Thanks. I kinda like how you’re always willing to let every mistake go 😀 You usually don’t get forgiveness like that on YouTube… sometimes just one word there can barely manage to net you some mild controversy, and even hate. I once expressed a disapproving opinion about a certain video I was watching, and got told to **** off. Where’s the caring? Luckily, that’s still around too, but it’s slowly dwindling…

Tony Reese August 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Unfortunately society has started to look favorably or turn a blind eye to these sins. Adultery is now a given in our ‘open sex’ society these days. But just because society accepts something doesn’t mean it’s not wrong in God’s eyes.


Jack Wellman August 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Amen…just like abortion is legal doesn’t make it morally right (which of course it isn’t). Great point Mr. Reese. Thank you sir.


DocReits August 20, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Great article Pastor Jack,

Yet when asked, the overwhelming majority of people will say, ” I am a good person”. Unfortunately there is no such thing in God’s eyes before salvation. We only have one shot of being seen as “good” in God’s Eyes, and that, as you have well explained, is by having the proper wedding garment on when we appear before God:

“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”(Mt 22:11-14).

Christ is our Wedding Garment.




Jack Wellman August 21, 2014 at 6:59 am

Doc, you know what, Ii hear this so much when I share the bad news of the wrath of God which makes the good news of His mercy relevant to sinners. If not for His becoming sin for us not one of us could stand. Love the Matthew 22 verse which are ties in so well with what you wrote. I found that over 90% of people I meet believe that they are good people but good is not good enough. Thanks for your encouragement friend.


Jack Wellman August 21, 2014 at 10:46 am

Thanks brother. I agree…I can look to you and many of the other readers on this website and that’s where the caring is my brother. I truly thank God for you and many others who are full of grace and kindness. Look forward to meeting you in the Kingdom where “two Jack’s beats a full house!” LOL


Jack H August 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

HAHAHA XD That card joke really was funny 🙂 Oh, here’s one! What do you call a relative that lives in the North Pole? Aunty Freeze!


Jack Wellman August 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm

LOL…that’s too good. Love it and you too Jack H.


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