Euphemisms for Sin
I am compiling a list of euphemisms for “sin.” I’ll start with the sin-minimizing terms I’ve seen in articles or heard from megachurch pulpits recently.
- Moral failure
Lest these terms get worn out and overused, I have made a list of synonyms that leaders might want to consider using when attempting to minimize sin and keep unrepentant abusers / sinners in power.
Slip-up. The floor was wet and someone slipped. Or they stepped on a grape in the floor and slipped and fell.
Area of opportunity. It’s not a sin at all, just an opportunity to trust Jesus more!
Hiccup. Maybe you can drink some water while holding your nose and the problem will go away.
Misstep. He was going up the stairs and he missed a step.
Blunder. He’s not sinning. He’s just a blunderer, like the lovable grandpa on a bad sitcom.
Foible. Just sounds silly and harmless.
Misguided. He didn’t sin. He was misguided. So he’s a victim of an unnamed bad guide.
Lapse in judgement. He didn’t sin. His judgement lapsed. Did he forget to renew his Good Judgment software license?
Misunderstanding. That could be anything. He didn’t sin. You are misunderstanding the circumstances.
These terms don’t fool anyone, least of all unbelievers. Just say “sin” like the Bible says “sin.” No one is surprised when sinners sin. Christ died for sin. It’s not a bad word. The Westminster Children’s Catechism Q & A: What is sin? [Internet Archive link Sin is disobedience against God’s perfect law by failing to do what God commands or doing what God forbids. Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones simplifies it even further calling sin anything that does not bring glory to God.
you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood Amos 5:7
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
I was also considering some biblical synonyms for sin. There’s:
Got any to add?