“Sin does not stop being sin because you started committing it, nor did God’s hatred of it lessen to any degree”
Think no one knows about your secret sin? You may be surprised to find out that not only does God know, but it shows in your countenance, your attitude, your eyes, like a neon sign flashing “SLAVISH SIN HIDING”. So that leaves you with a choice…continue to be a slave to it, for one is a slave to what has mastered him, or confess it as sin…ALL of your sin, so you can be cleansed of it. The bible says that no one can serve two masters. And you are no exception.
Unconfessed sin leaves everyone who indulges in it wholly unrighteous, and God only hears the prayers of the righteous. No one who IS righteous will seek to keep and cover up their sins….no one. Ever. Your sin has consequences….first on your immortal soul which, in this case, is bound for eternity in Hell, as you nourish and love your idol far more than you love God, and on the ones you seek to hide it from as you destroy anything of value that could possibly be between you and them (for hiding sin is living each day as a total liar, and no liar is capable of anything godly or genuinely relational)….but first and foremost, you sin against a Holy God who will never look the other way and will never excuse it. Your delusions and cowardice and idolatry will certainly not be overlooked or excused. God hates what you are doing. He will hate it still on that day.
You have more to lose than your “pet”….and if you keep at it, God will simply turn you over to your depravity. And you shall be lost forever with no hope of having a mind capable of wanting anything different. Kind of like now, if you are claiming Christ, indulging in private sin, and lying by keeping it under cover. Your mind already doesn’t want the real thing…redemption….for you would loose your sick pet. Stop testing God….He always passes, and you are guaranteed eternal failure. ANd, in the end…ALL will see what you have been doing. As you are rightly judged and sentenced to what you worked so hard to keep deserving. 😦
A good observation is posted below John MacArthur’s words on this subject. I do not know who the writer is, but he is dead on target~AGM†
Jesus’ exposition of the law is a devastating blow against the lie that image is everything.
Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers (Matt. 5:21-30).
So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:
1. Because God sees the heart.
Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). No sin–not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought–is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.
Not only that, secret sins will not remain secret. “The Lord [will] bring to light the things hidden in the darkness” (1 Cor. 4:5). Jesus said, “There is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops” (Luke 12:2-3). Those who think they can evade shame by sinning in secret will discover one day that open disclosure of their secrets before the very throne of God is the worst shame of all.
It is folly to think we can mitigate our sin by keeping it secret. It is double folly to tell ourselves that we are better than others because we sin in private rather than in public. And it is the very height of folly to convince ourselves that we can get away with sin by covering it up. “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper” (Prov. 28:13).
All sin is an assault against our holy God, whether it is done in public or in secret. And God, who beholds even the innermost secrets of the heart, sees our sin clearly, no matter how well we think we have covered it.
2. Because sin in the mind is a fruit of the same moral defect that produces deeds of sin.
When Jesus said hatred carries the same kind of guilt as murder, and lust is the very essence of adultery, He was not suggesting that there is no difference in degree between sin that takes place in the mind and sin that is acted out. Scripture does not teach that all sins are of equal enormity.
That some sins are worse than others is both patently obvious and thoroughly biblical. Scripture plainly teaches this, for example, when it tells us the sin of Judas was greater than the sin of Pilate (John 19:11).
But in His Sermon on the Mount Jesus was pointing out that anger arises from the same moral defect as murder; and the one who lusts suffers from the same character flaw as the adulterer. Furthermore, those who engage in thought-sins are guilty of violating the same moral precepts as those who commit acts of murder and adultery.
In other words, secret sins of the heart are morally tantamount to the worst kind of evil deeds–even if they are sins of a lesser degree. The lustful person has no right to feel morally superior to a wanton fornicator. The fact that she indulges in lust is proof she is capable of immoral acts as well. The fact that he hates his brother shows that he has murder lurking in his heart.
Christ was teaching us to view our own secret sins with the same moral revulsion we feel for wanton acts of public sin.
3. Because hidden sin involves the compounding sin of hypocrisy.
Those who sin secretly actually intensify their guilt, because they add the sin of hypocrisy to their offense. Hypocrisy is a grave sin in its own right. It also produces an especially debilitating kind of guilt, because by definition hypocrisy entails the concealing of sin. And the only remedy for any kind of sin involves uncovering our guilt through sincere confession.
Hypocrisy therefore permeates the soul with a predisposition against genuine repentance. That is why Jesus referred to hypocrisy as “the leaven of the Pharisees” (Luke 12:1).
Hypocrisy also works directly against the conscience. There’s no way to be hypocritical without searing the conscience. So hypocrisy inevitably makes way for the most vile, soul-coloring, character-damaging secret sins. Thus hypocrisy compounds itself, just like leaven.
Beware that sort of leaven.
No matter who suggests to you that appearances are everything, don’t buy that lie.
As a matter of fact, your secret life is the real litmus test of your character: “As he thinks within himself, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). Do you want to know who you really are? Take a hard look at your private life–especially your innermost thoughts. Gaze into the mirror of God’s Word, and allow it to disclose and correct the real thoughts and motives of your heart.
No sin is private. It may be secret but it is not private.
It is a great error to hold, as some do, that each man’s conduct is his own business unless his acts infringe on the rights of others. “My liberty ends where yours begins,” is true, but that is not all the truth. No one ever has the right to commit an evil act, no matter how secret. God wills that men should be free, but not that they be free to commit sin….Coming still closer, we Christians should know that our unchristian conduct cannot be kept in our own back yard. The evil birds of sin fly far and influence many to their everlasting loss. The sin committed in the privacy of the home will have its effect in the assembly of the saints. The minister, the deacon, the teacher who yields to temptation in secret becomes a carrier of moral disease whether he knows it or not. The church will be worse because one member sins. The polluted stream flows out and on, growing wider and darker as it affects more and more persons day after day and year after year. “Lord, this is especially true of us who are leaders in the church. Show to me and my fellow-servants this morning the horror of the consequences of our sin. Keep us pure and faithful, for Your glory. Amen.” (Author Unknown)
Psalm 90:8. You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
“The false convert offers only his/her verbal confession to Christ Jesus, while offering his/her body and mind to sin, death, and satan.”~D Gladden
“The Father did not throw His arms around the prodigal when he was still in the hog pens and in the arms of harlots…you will never know the forgiving mercy of God while you are still wedded to your sins.”