Kathy Fischer wrote:  "Donna, I enjoy your posts tremendously and learn a lot from them. In light of what you wrote, which I agree with, it does seem that scripture expands the definition of sin as in I Cor. 6:9-11 or Rev. 21:8. Some of these sins are not specifically named in the 10 commandments, so it makes me wonder is sin beyond the 10 commandments? I Co. 6:9 talks specifically about drunkards, yet it doesn't mention that in the 10 commandments. Rev. 21:8 talks about the cowardly, yet it doesn't specifically mention that in the 10 commandments. Or would these sins fit in the 10 commandments and I'm not seeing that?"


The Ten Commandments define sin - In order to commit sin we must break one of those commandments.  For example, we are commanded to love our neighbour as ourselves.   If I refuse to do so I would be committing sin because I would be breaking the first commandment - “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”  (I would be making myself god by refusing to obey) .

Joh_13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Our Father in heaven sent Jesus to be our Ruler; therefore, if we refuse to obey the words of Jesus (including the New Commandment), we have rebelled against his authority and made ourselves god. We have broken the first commandment:

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:1

WORKS OF THE FLESH (drunkenness etc.)

In his lists of things that will keep us from inheriting eternal life, Paul includes some works of the flesh that are not sin (Transgression of the  Ten Commandments.)   He includes them because if we continue to do them they will cause us to transgress God’s law.  Anger is good example -  wrath is an emotion that can  quickly become a transgression of the law - not loving our neighbor as ourselves - or even murder.   

THE FEAR OF MAN (cowardly)

The fear of man is a snare that will cause men to forsake the obedience of the faith: “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”  Revelation 21:7-8

Donna Kupp


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