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“It's Not My Fault”

Giving excuses – is it a form of sin?

I Can Explain

Dear I Can Explain,

Excuses can be sinful if you are using them to avoid doing what you ought.  For example, if you have promised to do something – you should stand by your word (Matt 5:37) and not make excuses to avoid a commitment you have made.  There are sins that we commit and sins that happen when we omit doing what we ought.  If you know of something that you ought to do, and you make excuses to avoid doing it, that is a sin (Jas 4:17).