Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out on the Day When All Secret Sin is Revealed
Caught By Surprise : Have you ever heard the term “Like a Deer in Headlights“? It refers to a situation when someone is so caught off guard by something and they are literally stunned, almost frozen in position. A few years ago I read a title in the newspaper that said “Alaska stripper turned soccer mom guilty of murder”. The story started in 1996 when a woman who used to be an exotic dancer was being pursued romantically by three men. One of the men gave her a life insurance policy for one Million dollars as an engagement gift, so if anything was to ever happen to him she would be taken care of. The two were engaged until a short time later when the fiancée was mysteriously found shot to death. Two men were eventually tagged as the killers and were arrested, tried and sentenced to life in prison. Meanwhile the woman had gone on to marry a doctor, get some degrees of her own, and have kids. She was busy living her life filled with community events, soccer for the kids, you name it, when some eleven years after that deadly night new evidence was revealed and she was arrested for conspiracy to murder. Evidently, she conspired and paid two men to have her fiancée put away, cashed in on the policy and started a new life. You can well imagine what her family and friends thought. I mean, this was the friend that they had grown to love and here she is on trial for a very serious crime that she thought was stuffed away in her past.
Even if someone gets away with leaving skeletons in their closet their entire life, God promises us that there will be a day when secret sin will inevitably be unveiled, in which millions upon millions of people will stand before His holy throne like a “Deer in the Headlights”, stunned with fear and wishing it was all just a bad dream.
Luke 12:2-3 ESV .. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
Playing The Part of a Hypocrite: In this text Jesus is speaking with a very large crowd of people. He had just finished warning them of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and now He’s making it very clear to us that hypocrisy has a specific shelf life, a definite expiry date if you will, and that date is the day we stand before Him to give an account. One thing that the church has become very good at is softening Jesus’ graphic language. How many times have you heard the phrase “He’s such a hypocrite” or “That is so Hypocritical”, speaking of someone in the church? Often times this is viewed as someone who is a Christian but is just not living by the rules, or as they should be. This could be no further from the truth of what Jesus is saying. Every instance where Jesus uses the term “hypocrite” he is speaking of someone who professes to be a certain way when in reality they are not. Literal translation: someone who professes to be a Christian when in reality, they are not! Here’s what the dictionary has to say about the word, “A person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated-beliefs.” Notice the opening words to the description, “A person who pretends…”
What is your life like? Do you pretend to be sexually pure, condemn pornography and sexual morality, yet behind closed doors you look at porn, or mess around with a member of the opposite sex who you are not married to? Do you gossip behind people’s backs then to their face pretend to be very interested? Would you reprimand others for talking dirty then turn around and watch a whole season of “Friends” which is filled with every type of smut imaginable? Do you play the part of honest but steal time from your boss, or download music illegally off the internet? These aren’t a list of grey areas, they’re black and white. And Jesus promises that there will be an expiry date on your secrets.
Pretending to be a Christian: I was once a pretending Christian. Oh no, I would have never called myself that though. I actually thought I was just a struggling Christian, (I think those are the words we use). I would never have even considered myself a pretender, because that screams imposter right? Well, that’s what Jesus called it. One day everything you have covered up, said in the dark, and whispered in private rooms will be uncovered, brought to light and shouted through a megaphone.
The Bible says that anyone who is born of Christ is a new creation, meaning they have been born of the Spirit, new life is in them. This indicates that the old has passed on and new things have arrived. The Book of Hebrews agrees with Ezekiel and tells us that the new covenant is something that God does in us and is not something that we do; where He Himself removes our current depraved heart and gives us a new one that is equipped with His laws and desires, “I will give you the desires of your heart“. We need to be careful that our declaration is true and genuine and not based on a one time prayer. Paul admonishes us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Like the Pharisees, many people have served in the church for so long that they simply have too much pride to ever admit that they may not be genuinely saved, therefore they refuse to examine themselves and continue to STRUGGLE with their sin as hypocrites. I’m not talking about sinless perfection, I’m talking about about possessing the Holy Spirit of God, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, and living a life dead to your old self but very much alive in Christ.
2 Timothy 2:19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
Final Thoughts: So please do what Paul says in 2 Timothy if you name the name of Christ. If you consider yourself a Christian then depart from your covered sin, your dark room activities and your private room talks, and walk in the light. If you are powerless to shake these chains of sin, perhaps you are still a slave to those passions and desires. My hope and prayer is that you would take this time to evaluate and examine your life in the light of God’s Word, and if you come out looking like the hypocrite that you would swallow your pride and cry out with a humbled heart for genuine sorrow, repentance and salvation. What a tragedy it would be to find yourself standing before a “Holy” “Holy” “Holy” God one day, and just like a deer in the headlights having nothing to say. As an ex-hypocrite I’m begging you to think about this sobering reality. If you have any questions please leave a comment, you can do that anonymously. I would love to pray with you and help in any way I can. Lord bless you all and thank you so much for taking the time to read this post.
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV … “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
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