By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Exposing of sin has become more prominent in recent days. There is a saying that "Old sins cast long shadows" which is bearing fruit in the hour in which we live as the destructive nature of sinful living is far-reaching!
There is a need for a housecleaning to take place. These are not recent escapades; but that which was hidden in one's past, are now being boldly proclaimed. (Comment)
Prior to going into the Promised land, the Israelites were instructed by Moses: If you will go armed before the Lord to war, and will go all of you armed over Jordan before the Lord, until he has driven out his enemies from before him, and the land be subdued: then afterward you shall return, and be blameless before the Lord. But if you will not do so, you have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:20-23).
One of the provisions of inheriting the Promised Land was the Lord's requirement that they go to battle when needed; if they failed to be obedient to the Lord in this prescribed action, it would be imputed to them as sin.
Bible Dictionary noted: The first sin in the universe was an act of free will in which man deliberately, responsibly, and with adequate understanding of the issues, chose to corrupt the holy, godly character with which God originally endowed His creation. Sin in the human race had its origin in Adam and Eve (Genesis 3).
Adam and Eve were created with a holy, godly nature, in fellowship with God; as a result of their sin their godly nature become corrupt; they become guilty before God; and it involved the whole human race in their corruption and guilt (Romans 5:12). The essence of sin is living independently of God. The solution of the problem of sin is found in Christ, in the redemption provided by Him.
Many once godly nations have become deeply rooted in the sinful nature of man which in many cases is not even treated as sin; with immorality in the land attempting to push aside any exposing of sin.
Scripture identifies the works of the flesh (the exposing of sin): Adultery, fornication (sex outside Biblical marriage), uncleanness (sexual impurity), lasciviousness (immorality), idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (contentions), jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling and such like: that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:16-21).
Exposing of sin is a MUST for God's warning is explicit in the fact that they which commit sin; failing to have sin purged by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, will not inherit the kingdom of God. Scripture reveals that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Scripture clearly reveals the antidote for sin; not to deny but rather to confess sin before God. Exposing of sin opens the door for His forgiving and cleansing light to purify one's heart. To deny one's sinfulness is to deceive oneself. Both the Old and New Testament stresses the universality of man's sin which begin in the Garden of Eden.
Transgression of the law of God; disobedience to divine command; violation of God's will, either in purpose or conduct; and moral deficiency in character, introduces one to the sinful nature of man. Scripture reveals the nature of sin: Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust (or desires), and enticed. Then when lust is conceived, it gives birth to sin: and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death (James 1:14-15).
The saying "Old sins cast long shadows" can be equated to the difficulty in weeding out computer viruses. They can become so ingrained that they are often hard to detect; and if they are located, there can be a problem to alleviate them. Exposing of sin is of the same nature; because one first has to realize their sinful condition; then come to the cleansing source, the Lord Jesus Christ!
A Sunday school commentary noted: All around us are the signs that modern man refused to accept the fact that sin is his problem. Many no longer call homosexuality a sin but an alternate lifestyle. Adultery is now viewed by some as merely a relationship. Abortion is now considered an expression of a woman's right. Exposing of sin has become a problem in the fact that it is no longer viewed as sin.
A Bible dictionary noted: The moral character of a man's actions is determined by the moral state of his heart. When that moral state has crumbled, or fallen apart due to sin, one becomes comfortable or ingrained in the sinful nature of man. Adam's first sin brought with it a state of moral corruption. This resulted in a loss of original righteousness; the presence of a constant proneness to evil, being the root and origin of all actual sin.
Sin's influence depraves the whole man, with a tendency towards deeper and deeper corruption. Hidden sin escapes the notice of the soul and becomes a willful rejection of God's provided grace. Man becomes blinded to the things of God; embracing the sinfulness of mankind with relish, with no shame being in evidence.
If one would take time to read God's Word; to be under its instructive nature, and under the influence of the preached and taught Word of God, exposing of sin and the saving of the soul would certainly be a result of such. Without the benefit of God's Word, or the drawing power of His Spirit, one could readily be found ingrained in the sinful condition of man, without the saving grace of God, having been rejected towards a life in sin.
Scripture encourages one to draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. To cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts (James 5:8). The cleansing of one's life must involve both inner thoughts and outward deeds (Psalm 24:3-4). It takes a willingness to come to the Lord Jesus Christ; to ask for forgiveness of one's sin, and unrighteousness, to be cleansed and made whole in Him.
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