"My child, your Sins are forgiven."

The Sins of Nations and The People

“In those days there was no King
In Israel: every man did that which
Was right in his own eyes”. Judges 21:25.

There is a word that politicians refuse to use and that ministers are reluctant to ever pronounce. The average person only stumbles over it when it crosses the lips of a speaker. The prophets in Israel told the Israelites that it described a condition of the nation and also the condition of the individual. Like it or not, the Bible never hesitates to use this simple word again and again.

This simple word is sin.

In Holy Scripture, one could define it as a transgression against God. Some authors will state this word has a concept of missing the mark – such as an arrow released from a bow but fails to strike the target where it was aimed. Others could state that a sin is committed if we fail to know what God has told us to do.

In the world of today, people are upset if the sin word is used to detail the actions of ourselves or others in the light of His word for us. What this does is to tell others that you must pay attention to Jehovah’s command book, the Holy Writing.

Humans have tried and tried to justify their actions to avoid them being called “Sin”. Words will be used to soften the power of this word. One such word is moral or morality. No one ever explains the meaning of morals. Then someone will tell us what is right or wrong. This has no meaning unless it is given a background. Then – words as theft, covet and even murder will be in the vocabulary of the speaker.

Remember this one fact: all ideas of sin, morals and right and wrong have their basis in God’s Holy Word. It is true that there is no morality unless grounded upon the divinely inspired books of God. Harsh – yes!


We should not accept what the Wordlings say. When we do – we are fools, stupid and naïve.

Never put any faith in the words of the following:

Politicians,
• Liberal college professors,
• Preachers who accept only part of the Bible as true
• Any political party, and
• A business person who does not attend church.

 

The key to a person’s core value is how often the word “sin” is used. Our words tell who we are. This nation is probably divided as deeply as before Lincoln’s war. From a historical point, in 1860, the South was ready to fight and the North seemingly wanted to attack. Our time illustrates this issue. We are in the midst of a very disgruntled people. It is much more serious than people will admit.

 

A NATION ADOPTS SIN

The first five books of the Old Testament were thought to have been written by Moses. This eighty-year-old man was summoned to Mount Sinai who was instructed to set out the Hebrew Nation and the Moses was told to lay down the rules for living as a nation.

One area this man of God was told to do is found in Leviticus 18:1-3:

“And the Lord spake unto Moses,
Saying
Speak unto the children of Israel
And say unto them, I am the
Lord your God.
After the doings of the land of
Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye
Not do: and after the doings of the
Land of Canaan, wither I bring you,
Shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk
In their ordinances.”

 

The entire Old Testament is a statement for the preservation of the twelve tribes which left Egypt for the promised land – Canaan. In a few words, these were only two reasons for Israel. The first and foremost was to show that a nation can follow certain fundamental rules that allow a people to exist and so serve God. The other reason, was to produce the Messiah – who would take away the sins of the world. For this purpose, God almighty sent his only begotten Son Jesus Christ.

It was Moses who wrote for an education. Deuteronomy 30:17-18. You can read this very slowly so that it can sink into our minds and souls.

“But if thine heart turn away, so
That thou wilt not hear, but shalt be
Drawn away, and worship other
Gods, and serve them;
I denounce unto you this day,
That ye shall surely perish and that
Ye shall not prolong your days upon
The land, whither thou passest over
Jordan to go possess it.

 

Let me bring out certain issues that, we as a nation, are sinning to our own detriment.

First, there is a tremendous desire to have pleasure in our lives. Because of our ability to have mass production – we not only have goods produced here – but we also go to foreign nations to buy some of the silliest items. Gadgets are a way to show off our acquisitions of personal property.

The following are some things that show off our luxuries:

• Boats,
• Big cars,
• TV screens,
• Travel to exotic places,
• Fancy clothes, and
• Items found in catalogs at Christmas.

There is just a constant ongoing of illustrations of this. The argument is always this: It’s my money!  No, it is not your money. This world belongs to God. Remember sin is not against items – it is opposed to people.

Second, there is found in each of us the desire of sensuality. We can see this manifested in pornography, adultery and fornication. One can observe the manifestation of this is in all form of the media. Women appear half-clothed. Their bare legs are shown and much of the female breast. The vast number of women do not respect their bodies.

We are told our bodies are temples where The Spirit of God resides.

 

Hebrews 7:28, gives us instructions:

“For the law maketh men high
Priests which have infirmity, but the
Word of the oath, which was since
Consecrated for evermore.”

There are other sins which pull us into hell. The sin of abortion is a sin that the Supreme Court says is acceptable. This can only be categorized as murder. It is expected that many Christians will be in hell for this sin.

"My child, your Sins are forgiven."

INDIVIDUALS ADOPT SIN

You may have noticed that people will quickly criticize the mass sin; but these same people will not discuss sins or transgressions in their own lives.

First, one can see the sin of gluttony so pronounced in our lives. One should only look around to see where the fat people are gathered.  Obese people! Overweight people!

They’re not able to walk because their legs and ankles are huge. The place one can see this is how the gut of men hangs over their belts.  This can happen in the many ways of addiction.

Food,
• Drinks
• Prescription drugs, and
• Recreational drugs.

Whatever form it takes – gluttony is a sin.

What it actually is saying is that we have self love. In some way it is a form of escape because that person does not like themselves. In all my life I have never heard a gospel presentation on gluttony. Go to eating establishments and watch the people perform like pigs in a pen. Matthew 7:3,4, is a discussion of this:

“And why beholdest thou the
Mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but
Considerest not the beam that is in
Thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy
Brother, let me pull out the mote
Out of thine eye; and behold a beam\
Is in thine own eye?”

Second, it seems there is one sin which is so common that it no longer is even considered to be a sin. It is a way of life.

There is a way of life among people which supports living that is a means to acquire that which belongs to the other person. Your author belongs to an association which seeks to investigate fraud not only in businesses but in nonprofit groups.

On one occasion, I had a bookkeeper who stole money from me. Her excuse was that I had mistreated another employee so she decided to steal from me and keep it to herself. Such strange logic!

Stealing and lying is a way of life among all people. Have you ever heard a sermon on the subject? You will not.

One of the biggest lies this nation has faced is the sinking of Lusitania. They said that the Lusitania was not a war supplier. This was a lie. Then … we were pulled into World War I. We didn’t learn the truth until October 13, 1972. Germany knew about it. Approximately 53,000 Americans lost their lives in World War I. This was an extreme example of a lie. It was a sin. It seems all wars are started with a lie.

Family conflicts are always started with a lie. What I have mentioned are two areas where sin is prevalent.
Unfortunately, the modern Church accepts gluttony and lies and theft.
This caused the church to be accused of hypocrisy. This was a serious problem at Corinth. In I Corinthians 1:10, Paul starts to meet the issue.

“Now I beseech you, brethren,
By the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye all speak the same
Thing, and that there be no divisions
Among you: but that ye be perfectly
Joined together in the same mind
And in the same judgment.”

 

When you desire to see sin in the body of Christ – then read I Corinthians and II Corinthians. You will be enlightened. When sin becomes known in the Body Jesus – then action should be taken. Matthew 18:15-17, tells us what to do.

“Moreover, if thy brother shall
Trespass against thee, go and tell
His fault between thee and him
Alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast
Gained thy brother
But if he will not hear thee,
Then take with thee one or two
More that in the mouth of two or
Three with nesses every word may be
Established
And if he shall neglect to hear them
Tell it unto the church; but if
He neglect to hear the church, let
Him be unto thee as an heathen man
And a publican.”

 

What this blog seeks to explain is the two areas of sin that exist. One is the national sin. The other is the individual sin.

 

In both cases it is sin. The marvelous part is that sin can be removed by the blood of Christ. Sin in our lives can be removed from us. It is Paul writing in I Corinthians 15: 3,4, that sets this out.

“For I delivered unto you first of
All that which I also received, how
That Christ died for our sin according
To the scriptures;
And that he was buried and that
He rose again the third day according
To the scriptures.”

 

CONCLUSION

SIN is real.

• Sin is a transgression,
• God hates sin,
• Nations sin,
• AND
• People sin


KEEP THE FAITH!

 

THE WAY OF THE CROSS LEADS HOME

“I must needs go home by the way of the cross,
There’s no other way but this;
I shall ne’er get sight of the Gates of Light,
If the way of the cross I miss.


[Refrain]

The way of the cross leads home,
The way of the cross leads home;
It is sweet to know, as I onward go,
The way of the cross leads home.

 

I must needs go on in the blood-sprinkled way,
The path that the Savior trod,
If I ever climb to the heights sublime,
Where the soul is at home with God.

Then I bid farewell to the way of the world,
To walk in it nevermore;
For my Lord says, “Come,” and I seek my home,
Where He waits at the open door.”

 

 

GERALD K. FUGIT
May  7, 2017
DiggingOldWells.com

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