Overcoming Sin through Christ: Callousness

Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.



Perhaps you have known of someone—a husband, a father, a boss, or someone else close to you—who must be seen as calloused.  They don’t seem to have the basic feelings of compassion, concern, tenderness, or kindness.  Callous is defined as “Emotionally hardened; unfeeling.”[1][1]  It means “insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic.”[2][2]

Paul describes the unbelieving Gentiles as being “darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness” (Ephesians 4:18-19).  These people are “callous.” This comes from the Greek apalgeo, meaning “to become insensible or callous.”[3][3]


“Unbelievers are morally insensitive.  As they continue to sin and turn away from God, they become still more apathetic about moral and spiritual things.”[4][4]  Vine says that the term means “to cease to feel pain for,” and comes from apo, “from,” and algeo, “to feel pain.”  Thus, it means “to be callous, ‘past feeling,’ insensible to honor and shame.”[5][5]  It is the outcome of rejecting God, rejecting His Word, and rejecting His moral standard of right and wrong.

We see this manifested in our day when radical sodomites (e.g., the “Gay Pride” parades and the organization, “Act Up!”) take to the street and do unmentionable sexual things in public. We observe it in the radical feminist movement (“NOW”) in which women brazenly demand the right to kill their unborn babies.  We see it in radical Islam in which unfeeling terrorists are willing to kill themselves in order to murder dozens of innocent adults and children.   Let’s run from all brutal feelings and actions!  Let’s have a tender heart, a tender conscience, and tender feelings.


[1][1] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

[2][2] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

[3][3] William D. Mounce and Robert H. Mounce, Greek and English Interlinear New Testament, lexicon.

[4][4] MacArthur Study Bible note.

[5][5] Expository Dictionary.

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