Adam's heinous actions in 2009 included taking over Newman Enterprises and firing his siblings, gas lighting Ashley Abbott Newman, his stepmother and conspiring with Jack Abbott to frame Victor for murder.
When Cecil openly questions his king, the monarch strips him of his command and asks him to commit an act so heinous that it ultimately sends the knight on his own personal quest for redemption.
But it did not stop the heinous acts he's committing.
Not all the sins named are equally heinous according to modern conceptions; many of them deal with petty offences against religious usages that seem to us but trifling.
Yet even in the enlightened 18th century popular fanaticism made of sacrilege the most heinous offence.