Some think they can "sow a few wild oats" in their youth or "dabble a little around the fringes of sin," Bishop Richard C. Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric said at the October 1994 general conference. However, he declared, there "are no fringes of sin."
He said that every act, good or bad, has a consequence. "Every good act improves our ability to do good and more firmly stand against sin or failure," he said. "Every transgression, regardless of how minor, makes us more susceptible to Satan's influence the next time he tempts us. Satan takes us an inch at a time, deceiving us as to the consequences of so-called minor sins until he captures us in major transgressions. Nephi describes this teaching as one of pacifying, lulling, and flattering us away until Satan 'grasps [us] with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.' " (2 Nephi 28:22; see also v. 21.)