The sin of pride is at the root of all sins:
The LORD detests the proud; they will surely be punished. (Proverbs 16 NLT)
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; (Proverbs 16 NASB)
The proud are an abomination to God. (Proverbs 16:5)
God resists the proud. (James 4:6)
God works against the proud. (James 4:6 NLV)
God opposes the proud. (James 4:6 NIV,NLT,NRSV)
I the LORD will punish the world for its evil and crush the arrogance of the proud. (Isaiah 13:11 NLT)
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. (Proverbs 13:10)
Among the proud there are always contention. (Proverbs 13:10 DRB)
One of Paul, one of apollos, one of Christ, is Christ divided?
It has been reported there is rivalry among you. Each of you say, “I’m with this church,” “I’m with that church.” Is Christ divided? (1 Corinthians 1:11 HCSB)
‘Is Christ divided?’ no; his human body was not to be divided; a bone of him was not to be broken, John 19:36; the seamless garment he wore was not to be rent asunder, John 19:23; nor is his mystical body, the church, to be torn in pieces by schisms and divisions; (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible – 1 Corinthians 1:13)
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. (1 Corinthians 11)
1 WE then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth [=] glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. (Romans 15)
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (Romans 16)
These were Paul’s final, departing words.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock [no one will escape].
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears [he positively knew complete falling away would come].
32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, (Acts 20)
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. (Acts 18) [Paul was a tent maker.]
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9)
7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. (2 Corinthians 11)
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: (1 Thessalonians 2)
The first thing is for the body of Christ to do is to come out of its long night of deception and fulfill the mandate Jesus gave.
5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. (Psalms 101)
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. (Proverbs 13)
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. (Proverbs 15)
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. (Proverbs 16)
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. (Proverbs 21)
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat. (Proverbs 28)
15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.
16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. (Jeremiah 13)
16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 49)
31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.
32 And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him. (Jeremiah 50)
3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? (Obadiah 1)
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23)
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4)
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (1 Peter 5)
The great crime of Gomorrah was sexual perversion, and the crime of its sister city Sodom was pride, which of course lead to a neglect of the less fortunate:
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. (Ezekiel 16)
This is why Jesus preached so often against the rich, He said we would “always” have poor among us (Matthew 26:11), therefore it would be morally unacceptable to have “rich” at the same time. The only explanation for how one human, or group of society could sit on wealth, while others are in need is by “pride.” Here is a definition of pride:
Pride: a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. (Random House Dictionary)
“Pride” is simply a way of saying that a person is very messed up in their heart and mind, and have lost touch with humanity, and are out of touch with their feelings, their conscience, God, and His spirit. No wonder the prophecies say that the coming judgments of God are specifically for the proud, which unfortunately will include a great many Christians, churches, ministries, pastors, etc.:
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4)
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: (Isaiah 2)
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a [humble] man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (Isaiah 13)
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4)
Pride is the first sin, because it always leads to the person becoming cut-off from the love of God, and their conscience. When this happens, harm will follow through separation, and then oppression, as the proud always believe that they should be “above” others, never under others. We rarely if ever see people separating themselves from society only to debase themselves and let people walk all over them. No, separation comes from pride, and pride leads to placing oneself above others, always at their expense.
The first example of this was Lucifer. First pride entered his heart, then he separated from everyone, and then he placed himself over those who followed him:
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14)
This deceiver knows that he can conquer us (and any nation) from within through the “divide and conquer” method:
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. (Luke 11)
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1)
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. (Matthew 12)
Had they been doing the works Jesus told them to do, pride would not be a problem.
Had they understood the Good News -v- The Gospel, pride would not be a problem.
Had they understood strict obedience to what Jesus SAID, pride would not be a problem.
Had they understood obedience to what Jesus DID, pride would not be a problem.
Had they understood their purpose in life, i.e. to get wisdom, pride would not be a problem.
Had they understood our status in the next life will be based on how we served in this life, i.e. faithful over few things, stewardship over many, pride would not be a problem.
Had they understood that our rewards will be based on our works in this life….works = treasures, pride would not be a problem.