Secret Sins

Published: 8 January 2006

By Neil Phelan

"for by the law is the knowledge of sin."- Romans 3:20

Behold how ignorant the apostle shows humanity to be when it comes to sin. Mankind is ignorant of it unless God gives him a law to reveal sin. Just as highways are marked with speed limit signs to warn travelers of their bounds of safety, so God has done with His laws. There are not given from an unloving Father to keep His children from fun. They are protection from those things that the tempter uses to destroy. We hear much from the world today as to what sin really is. "As long you love Jesus you are a Christian and heaven is your home" is their motto. They think they can be involved in the grossest errors and yet claim eternal life. Did not Jesus give the real test for spiritual life: "If you love me keep my commandments" was His litmus test. Jesus encountered many like that in His day. To those He replied, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."(John 8:44). Some say they can't help their sin, that was just the way they were made which really charges God with folly for saying that there is really such a thing as sin in the first place. God's children will never keep the law to perfection, but they will try. They may be found lacking, but they will be found confessing. Do we not all have secret faults? Do we not all have unconfessed sin that needs to be discovered by God's law and the intercessory work of His Spirit? We read of one man that thought as long as he confessed every sin he could die in safety. Yet, as one divine said, "We can not count our sins as easily as we can count our fingers and toes." We are blind to some of them. We are callous to many of them. We have those we protect; those we hide and yes, those we are ignorant of. One man we know, who was a man after the Lord's heart, a greater man than most of us said this: "Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults."(Psalm 19:12). If he had secret faults and errors, surely most of us do as well. Do these words not teach us that we should be asking Someone who knows our own hearts better that we do what those secret things might be. Surely, those secret things are the things that trip us up and make us fall. They are the things that cause us the most grief and pain. Miss perfect and Mr. Has Arrived will find nothing is David's words. But for the rest of us, we need some revelation, some input as to what sin is and how much of it we can purge. Father, help us to overcome sin by the blood of the Lamb.