Bible Facts column
By Ian Kurylyk
Editor's Note: Following is the first in a mini-series dealing with deadly sins.
Human judgement is very inadequate in determining the seriousness of a sin.
In this proverb Solomon shows a connection and an order. First is pride, and then follows destruction. God wrote His Word to correct the false ideas that so easily arise and give warning to those with ears to hear.
Pride is at the top of the list of sins. In fact, the very first sin occurred when Lucifer became dominated by self-preoccupation and pride.
He then went on to become the embodiment of evil we know as Satan, or the devil. It is his signature sin.
Satan is the poster boy of pride.
The wicked one then plies his trade of drawing others into his paths by seducing them to the same mindset and heartset of pride.
Sin first came to mankind when Satan suggested to our original parents that they could be like God. Satan believed this for himself and promotes the concept to others.
He is still very much in business today.
Pride is able to insinuate itself into the very places and people that are appointed to oppose sin and defend others from its influence.
The Apostle Paul warned Timothy to beware of this evil in preachers.
"Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." (I Timothy 3:6)
It is the sinister device of Satan at work when pride becomes associated with churches.
Look at what tops the list Solomon made of things God hates.
"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look ..." (Proverbs 6:16-17a)
Lucifer fell by pride when he was the most beautiful and perfect of God's created beings. Mankind fell into pride and sin when they were in their flawless original creation condition.
If modesty was the right posture before God then, how much more criminal is pride now that we are defiled sinners in God's sight.
God's Word calls for humbleness, sorrow for sin, and brokenness.
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:6)
Ian Kurylyk is pastor at Summerside Fundamental Baptist Church.