Sincerity, which means candor, honesty of mind or intention, and freedom from duplicity,The Oxford English Dictionary is rooted in sincere, which means not feigned or affected; genuine and real; without hypocrisy or pretense; true.The Oxford English Dictionary

  Sincerity is a virtue; you cannot attain the Christos Degree without it. Sincerity is your truth of being, and honesty in your expression. Sincerity is a Via Christa Degree: Sincerity, with the Eye of God and Simplicity, forms the third lesser trinity of the 33 Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is Balance.

Edna Lister on Sincerity

The ideal state of sincerity is never to excuse, explain or try to justify yourself. Declare that "Everything that comes to me is good."–Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.

You must possess seven qualities of love in full measure to attain honor: Purity, humility, compassion, empathy, loyalty, sincerity and gratitude.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

A soul who sincerely lives by honor and never impugns that honor in lesser ways, earns high credits.–Edna Lister, May 19 1955.

Arguing is insincerity in expression.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1956.

Gossip affects the liver, which is the organ of sincerity.–Edna Lister, December 30, 1957

The liver represents sincerity and ethics. One can be sure that he is right and everyone else is wrong and this is a sincere opinion. Unless you gird your loins and stand protected by your sincerity and loyalty, you’ll be open to an outside vibration.–Edna Lister, Heaven as a State of Consciousness and as a Place, June 16, 1959

Develop and maintain a childlike attitude of simplicity and sincerity.–Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism? October 6, 1959

The law of restraint governs sincerity. Sincerity uses logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment to divest yourself of opinion, prejudice, preconceptions and self-ideas. Sincerity is a perfect balance between intellect and desire. Without sincerity you have an active injustice with a lion-like force and a fox-like fraud.–Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959

You must have sincerity, loyalty and pride in your divine standing.–Edna Lister, How Great Is Your Faith? November 13, 1966

Insincerity, self-justification and arguing, enjoying disagreement and excessive lying trigger liver trouble.–Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul: Metaphysical Correspondences, May 16, 1967

You cannot fool God; He knows if you are sincere.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

The opposite of sincerity is hypocrisy.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

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New Testament on Sincerity

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.–Matthew 18:3-5

Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.–Matthew 19:14

And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.–Luke 18:15-17

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of sincerity: Latin sincerus, "pure, clean."

Sincerity is a soul virtue.
Sincerity is a Via Christa Degree.


Sincerity and truth form the basis for every virtue.–Horatius Bonar

Truth is a Divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue; and frankness, reliability, sincerity, straightforwardness, plain-dealing, are but different modes in which Truth develops itself.
–Albert Pike


Bonar, Horatius. "Sincerity," Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers. Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, compiler. New York: W. B. Ketcham, 1895, p. 553.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Edition 2 volumes. Oxford University Press, 1971.

Pike, Albert. Morals and Dogma. Charleston, SC: 1871, p. 184.

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