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actual sin

noun, Theology.
any sin committed by an individual of his or her free will, as contrasted with original sin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It says that of original sin: but it is equally true of actual sin.

    The Water of Life Charles Kingsley
  • And yet so much were they misled by mere appearances, that they thought it an actual sin to make a man whole on the Sabbath-day.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
  • It was a precedent that established miserliness as an actual sin, a dissipation just as deadly as that of the spendthrift.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
  • His is the only rule against which rebellion is more than a political crime, and becomes an actual sin.

  • I heard Elder Kennoch say we may have a hope that God will eventually take pity on those babes who have done no actual sin.

    Prisoners of Conscience Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Understand this, and you will understand what original and actual sin is, and what grace and duty are.

  • actual sin is all evil thoughts and desires, words and acts, springing from original sin.

    Luther's Small Catechism H. U. Sverdrup
  • actual sin consists in breaking any law of God made known to us by Scripture, conscience, or reason.

  • Man by nature is degraded, because he is chargeable with original and actual sin, and because he wills not to obey God.

  • Neither the stain of original sin, nor the guilt of actual sin, ever obscured the mirror of thy soul.

British Dictionary definitions for actual sin

actual sin

(Christianity) any sin that a person commits of his own free will and for which he is personally responsible Compare original sin
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