Monday, January 25, 2021
“But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23 KJV).
Doubtless, we never want to sensationalize or exaggerate. However, the fact remains, some dark days are ahead for the United States and the rest of the world. What can we Bible-believing Christians do?
Modern society is in grave danger—and, most absurdly, we are just now realizing it. While not original to me, the following illustration is helpful in this regard. Intense flames and thick billows of black smoke have been exiting the windows of our house for several minutes, but we are still attempting to test the fire alarm! We would do well to remember how sin works.
Firstly, our human heart is untrustworthy, just as Jeremiah 17:9 declares: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” Sin deceives, and since our heart is sinful, our heart misleads us. Two additional simple verses amplify this truth. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). In modern speech, “I may have a fever, but I feel perfectly healthy!” We humans have a sin problem—and no amount of denial or religion will nullify that fact. “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Romans 7:11). We could paraphrase this as, “Okay, I might be a sinner, but I can manage and conquer it by holding out or holding on, and I can compensate for it by doing the best I can next time!”
Secondly, sin operates extremely slowly; actually, it is barely detectable. Just remember our previous studies in earlier verses—how sin worked in the lives of Lucifer, Adam, Eve, Cain, Abraham, Solomon, and so on. On the surface, their sinful actions did not seem morally or ethically wrong. Yet, upon close inspection, they were evil. By the time the commission of sin was underway, it was too late to undo the damage. It was only later—sometimes decades or centuries afterward—that the scope of the injury was fully grasped. Today’s society should have taken heed to those Bible passages, before the first spark was seen….
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Do Mark 15:25 and John 19:14 contradict?”