B. Childress
Oct 19, 2007

Wickedness and Evil

Sinful Acts - ("sins of commission") - We sin when we commit acts which are contrary to God's holy standard of
righteousness:  lying, stealing, anger, gossip, etc.

Sinful Failures - ("sins of omission") - We sin when we fail to do what we know is the right thing to do.  Failing to speak
the truth when we know it.  Failing to help others when we know we should.

Sinful Thoughts - ("sins of the heart") - We sin when we have unrighteous attitudes:  Jealousy, pride, hate, greed, etc.


Transgressions - conveys the idea of crossing over the boundary of what God finds acceptable (Ephesians 2:1).

Unrighteousness - Not hitting the target of what God finds acceptable (Romans 3:5).

Lawlessness - breaking accepted rules of right and wrong (1 John 3:4).

Rebellion - going beyond a limit (1 King 12:19).

Godlessness - no reverence for God (Romans 1:18).

Wickedness and Evil deeds - sinful acts, sinful failures, and sinful thoughts (Matthew 7:11).

Sin Disease

Sin is everywhere - All men have sinned, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God:"

Sin Affects Everyone -  Sin goes deep and infects every part of our being; it taints our mind, our emotions, and our

  • Reasoning powers are dead (Romans 8:7).

  • Conscience is corrupted (Titus 1:15).

  • Will is stubborn, rebellious, and defiant (Romans 1:32).

  • Desires are selfish and base (Colossians 3:5).

  • Thoughts are evil (Genesis 6:5).

Sin Makes Us Blind to God - Sin makes us feeble, clouds our thinking, and puts us at odds with God, "But if our
gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."


"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God."
Galatians 5:19-21

Each one of these can be overcome with temperance (self-control, the ability to control the flesh and bring it into
subjection to the spirit where the flesh and soul no longer dictate your course of action.

IDOLATRY - "Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any
likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity
of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  And shewing mercy unto
thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
  Exodus 20:4-6

This means you serve or give a disproportionate amount of affection to things other than God.  Whatever you work for,
whatever enslaves you or keeps you in bondage is your idol.  If it comes before obeying the Word, then it is your idol.

FORNICATION - "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but
he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
"  1 John 2:15-17

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  whosoever therefore
will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
 James 4:4

Physical fornication means sex between two people outside the confines of marriage.  In the eyes of God, spiritual
fornication is developing and maintaining a close friendship with the things of the world.

TEMPTING CHRIST - "And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of
Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.  
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."
Numbers 21:5-6

You are tempting Christ when you speak against God's rightfully ordained authority.  Translated, this means speaking
against God and/or against his anointed.  God takes this sort of thing very seriously.

MURMURING - "Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer."  (1
Corinthians 10:10)

Murmuring is complaining about circumstances and situations that apply uncomfortable pressure to the flesh.  When you
are tempted to complain, exercise temperance and force your mouth, mind, and flesh to line up with the Word of God.


"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be ye not deceived:  neither
fornicators, nor idolators, no adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor
thieves, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God. "
1 Corinthians 6:9,10

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that
ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the
works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness
(licentiousness), Idolatry, witchcraft (sorcery), hatred, variance (contentions), emulations (jealousies),
wrath, strife (selfish ambitions), seditions (dissensions), heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they
which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
Galatians 5:

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural
affection, trucebreakers (irreconcilable), false accusers (slanderers), incontinent (without self control),
fierce (brutal), despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady (reckless), highminded (haughty), lovers
of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from
such turn away."
 2 Timothy 3:1-5