Believe me, I am no preacher, but I do know a little something about sin. As Christians, we should all be familiar with Numbers 32:23b, “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Sooner or later, one way or another, the often devastating consequences of not obeying God will catch up to us.
As Christians, we also should know to put others’ needs before our own. So, in regard to our sins, let us think past ourselves. What are the chances that our private sins may have damaging consequences for others or, for that matter, our entire church? By sidestepping God’s Word, will we bring harm, not only to ourselves, but to the entire congregation? Consider the connection between Achan and the nation of Israel in Joshua 7. If Achan’s sin in the Old Testament can prevail against an entire people causing dire consequences for Israel, then what about our own sins today? Does the principle of Achan apply to today’s Christian church?
I Corinthians 5:6-7 “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened…” Maybe our hidden sins are not as concealed as we would like to think. How is our sin affecting our walk with God and our ability to commune and serve within our church? Will God allow our personal sin to be exposed, affecting the entire body of Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church? I Corinthians 5:8 tells us to do away with “malice and wickedness” and find “sincerity and truth”.