Ask a Pastor Column
Presenting biblical answers to tough questions
October 19, 2023
Q: What are sins of omission? Can you give some examples?
Theologians sometimes divide sin into two categories: sins of commission and sins of omission. Sins of commission are the kinds of sin we normally think of: stealing, lying, etc. An easy way to remember it is this: any sin that you can “commit” is a sin of commission.
On the other hand, sins of omission are sometimes overlooked by Christians. They involve any knowing failure to do what is right (i.e. to intentionally “omit” a right choice from your life). The key text that teaches on sins of omission is James 4:17, “The...