The 7 Deadly Sins
John Alley begins this message with a question – “Who was the greatest sinner who ever lived?” The answer, says John, is that whenever a question such as this is raised, the Christian must immediately think of themselves, just like Paul as recorded in 1 Timothy 1:15. John gives the list of seven deadly (or mortal) sins: wrath, greed, sloth pride, lust, envy and gluttony before focusing on two that he considers most prevalent in Christian circles. These are wrath (which includes impatience, unforgiveness and criticism of others) and pride, the sin of holding ourselves out of proper position in relation to Christ, assuming superiority. This, says John, is the source of all sins and can only be overcome when we find grace in the cross of Christ.
John brings forth many Scriptures that give serious pause for thought before finishing on a reference from 1 Peter 3:1-7, which speaks of inner beauty. And if is possible to possess a great inner beauty, says John, then it is also possible to harbor a great inner ugliness. John concludes with the following summary – God gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud.