Monday, October 18th, 2010
"He that is covering over his transgressions will not succeed, but he that is confessing and leaving them will be shown mercy" (Proverbs 28:13)
Even as occurred when the apostles were still present, some fall into a practice of serious sin. If that happened with you, is the situation hopeless? Not necessarily. What can be done? Let us first consider what not to do. The human tendency is to conceal a wrong from the view of parents, fellow Christians, or elders. Those who seek to cover over sins make a tragic mistake, for there can be no concealing of anything from God. (Hebrews 4:13) Some even try to lead a double life, pretending to serve Jehovah while carrying on a course of sin. Such a life is devoid of integrity—it is, in fact, the very opposite of integrity. Jehovah is not pleased with acts of worship carried out by individuals who are concealing serious sins. On the contrary, such hypocrisy angers him.—Proverbs 21:27; Isaiah 1:11-16.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 2:16)
There's also an additional aspect to this...
Covering up serious sin isn't just a *personal* matter, (even though some people like to think it's no ones business but their own), because when a person refuses to repent or admit to their sin by covering it up, they're putting themselves on trial against the value of Jesus' ransom itself, and they would actually "outrage" God's holy spirit, by treating Jesus' sacrifice with contempt.
"For if we practice sin willfully after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left,...Any man that has disregarded the law of Moses dies without compassion, upon the testimony of two or three. Of how much more severe a punishment, do YOU think, will the man be counted worthy who has trampled upon the Son of God and who has esteemed as of ordinary value the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and who has outraged the spirit of undeserved kindness with contempt? For we know him that said: “Vengeance is mine; I will recompense”; and again: “Jehovah will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of [the] living God."
(1 John 1:8-10)
"If we make the statement: “We have no sin,” we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we make the statement: “We have not sinned,” we are making him a liar, and his word is not in us."