In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, continues his series on the so-called “respectable sins”… which… “are hardly considered to be sins at all, but only pardonable failings of disposition!…But they are hateful in the sight of God.” In this fourth in a series of sermons, Graham examines the sin of pride. Here are some excerpts:

“…[W]e must remember that

  1. Self-Esteem is not pride…
  2. Pleasure in being praised is not pride…
  3. It is not pride to be “proud” of someone you love…

The Definition

“…that subtle, insidious idea that makes you think you are just a cut above the next person: the feeling that makes you look down your nose, just a bit, at someone else…”

The Consequences

“Pride is a terrible thing; it is the one sin above all others that blocks the road to Calvary…”

The Solution

“…When we are tempted, in pride, to think of our dignity, our prestige, our place, our rights, let us see again the picture of the Son of God, girt with a towel, kneeling at His disciples’ feet!…”

  1. Remember who your are…
  2. Follow the example of Jesus…

“…Remember, too, that the nearer you live to…”

“…Maintain that spirit of humility and dependence upon God; and pride, the mother of all sins, will never take possession of the citadel of your soul…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


May 20, 1990

Luke 22:24 and John 13:12-15

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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