What are actual sins?

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A person, corrupted by original sin, breaks God’s Commandments in thoughts, words and deeds. These sins are called actual sins. They also include the sins of neglect or those works that we leave undone, even though God’s Word tells us to do them.

Matt. 7:17: A corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

James 4:17: To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Actual sins can be classed into different groups. For example: Sins committed against better knowledge and sins of ignorance; deliberate sins and sins of weakness; participation in the sins of others (1 Tim. 5:22), 2 Joh. 11), coarse manifest sins and wrongs, that cry to heaven for God’s punishment. Such sins are: open ungodliness Gen. 18:20, murder Gen. 4:10, Rev. 6:9-10, and the oppression of strangers, widows, orphans, the poor and the helpless Ex. 3:7-9; 22:21-24; Mal.3:5; James 5:4; and the destruction of those yet in a mother’s womb, Amos 1:13.