“But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numb. 32:23)
When someone approaches you and states that, “There is no way that you can be a Christian, I know what you have done in your past,” there is no need to attempt to defend your actions or words, no explanation needs to be given to them, the answer is quite simple and true, “I have done much worse than you will ever know.”
Every one of us has committed something vile, something horrendous that no one knows about, that we will never reveal to anyone, the knowledge of which will die with us. In comparison to some sins, it may seem immaterial, it may not even be worth contemplation to others, but for us it is irreprehensible and a great sin in the eyes of the Lord.
And He bore the punishment of that sin for us on the cross.
One of the main reasons we keep these to ourselves is that embarrassment that comes upon us if they are known by others, they can, in our minds, be used against us as a means to further denigrate not only our worth in the eyes of others, but in our self. It is not the praise of men that we seek in these moments, but the fear of their reproaches.
“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” (Romans 15:3)
There is the main reason, if known, forgiven or not, confessed and repented of with a broken and contrite heart, they will dishonor the Lord.
The occasion for the heathen to blaspheme the name of the Most High because of his sin of killing Uriah and stealing his wife did not cease when David repented, the truths of that account still speak to us today.
“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” (Prov. 28:9)
Those who will die in their sins, who will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire, can and do sin all they want to, every conceivable offense against the will of God can be done by them, and on their day of accounting at the Great White Throne of Judgement, not one of those sins, no matter how terrible they were, will be brought into the conversation.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)
That’s it, that is their great sin, and in comparison to all the wicked acts that mankind has ever done, it is the most detestable.
“And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1st Peter 4:18)
If you knew some of the sins I have committed, both before and after Christ called me to Himself you might stop reading these letters, if you knew of the darkness in my heart that was once stone, you might have nothing to do with me ever again. But if you understand the grace of God, you would rejoice with me.
I ask you to begin to contemplate this truth today, that the most repugnant, wicked sin that man can commit cannot be compared to denying the Lord Jesus Christ. Pointing out the sins the wicked are committing, revealing in whatever form how evil they are serves little purpose save to show us what we already know, the wicked will behave wickedly.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
The sin of denying the Sovereign Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most heinous sin a man can commit, and the reward for that sin is eternal damnation.
We are sent to seek the lost who do not yet know these truths, Satan and those who were cast out with him will attempt to hinder you in every way he can, the wicked will point out to you what you already know, that you are a sinner saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Show them that one sin.