10 Reasons Why "Small Sins" are so Dangerous

10 Reasons Why "Small Sins" are so Dangerous

When I was a little girl, a friend told me about the difference between lies and “white” lies. “White” lies are the little lies we tell that don’t hurt anyone, like telling your friend she looks good in that dress even if she doesn’t or telling your spouse you didn’t eat half of the bag of candy when indeed you did.

It’s ok to tell a white lie, right? Too bad the Bible doesn’t agree.  

Matthew 5:28 warns that “anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Verse 29 continues, “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” Looking at something is just as bad as actually committing the sin. Why?


God desires full intimacy and community with Him. When we hide our true selves from Him or others, we short change the fulfillment an intimate relationship with God can bring.

Jerry Bridges, author of the book Respectable Sins writes, “The motivation for this book stems from a growing conviction that those of us whom I call conservative evangelicals may have become so preoccupied with some of the major sins of society that we have lost sight of the need to deal with our own more ‘refined’ or subtle sins.”

Here are 10 reasons why those white lies and other small sins can be so dangerous:

1. They go unnoticed and therefore unaddressed.

When I think I am doing well, pride sets in. Pride in itself is sin, but if I don’t confess it and assume a posture of humility, I can deceive myself into thinking I am better than someone else, leading to a self-righteous attitude. Pride is a scary sin, because we don’t see our need for repentance and therefore move further away from God.

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