WHAT IS SECRET SIN?
“In the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel” Romans 2:16
Secret sin occurs in the life of a person who has experienced salvation of Jesus Christ, who has confessed and repented from sins, but along the way keeps one or few sins secret. Secret sin hinders many Christians from moving forward in their spiritual growth, it blocks Christians from experiencing the power, anointing and blessings of God. Secret sin can be by an individual Christian or involve two or more Christians. Secret sin can be in a Christian family, group or church.
There are two types of secret sin: Past and present, or now and then:
PAST BUT PRESENT
….in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ. Romans 2:16.
Secret sin is a sin you committed before you gave your life to Jesus, or before you rededicated your life to Jesus, though you have repented and confessed it to God, and you have stopped it, but you are keeping it secret from men. Secret sin is a sin you keep secret, even if it is in the past, even if it has stopped, but as long you keep it secret from men, it is a secret sin – though it is in the past but it is presently haunting you and standing against you. As long you keep a past sin secret, what you are actually doing is that you are making it fresh and present.
Until you open up every secret sin of the past to the necessary people, until you confess to the necessary people and put the sin and Satan to open shame, you are still under the bondage of that past sin. After you are saved, you committed sin and you rededicated your life to Jesus, then you will still have to open up to some people. For example, a premarital sex, but you both have repented and now married, yet, you need to confess.
Listen to what Apostle Paul said, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:2.
From this above Bible verse, Paul did three things which every child of God must do:
1, He renounced the hidden things – those sinful and sinful things of the past were repented and rejected by Paul.
2, He manifested that truth by making it clear to men, “but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience.” This is by confessing to the necessary people about the sinful and shameful things we did in the past, though we have renounced them, but we must make them clear to the right people. Many Christians are being deceived by Satan that, since they have confessed to God, no need to confess to their parents, partner, pastor, or boss; they say, “I have confessed and stopped it, so I have a pure conscience before God, and that is all.” Beloved, having a pure conscience before God is good, but not enough, you need to have a pure conscience before men too. Paul said, “But by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience”.
3, He manifested that truth to God, “but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” He totally repented and never gone back to such sins again, even when no man would see him, even when men would say it does not matter or it is not bad. Paul said he is now commending himself to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. He knew God saw everything, and he lived in truth before God according to God’s standard, not church’s standard.
Until you make clear the past before God and men, your past sins are still presently fresh.
PRESENT AND PERVERTED
Another secret sin is a sin you commit and hide after you are saved, the sin you are secretly committing which you do not want people to see; but even men do not see, God sees. Anything you do secretly which you do not want people to see or hear, that you know it will not honor you if people know, that is secret sin. It may be a habit like masturbation, fornication, or other sexual immorality; it may be other sins which you are committing and keeping secretly. It may also be a lifestyle which you keep secret from people, like drinking, smoking, lying, anger, jealousy, malice, etc.
If you keep any secret sin of any form, such sin will be following you till the Day of Judgment, it will hinder you from making the rapture, and from entering heaven. But if you open up now before God and men, then that sin will go ahead of you to judgment, it will be condemned by God’s mercy and you will be justified.
“Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later.” 1 Timothy 5:24
But as long you keep it secret because of the fear of what people will say or how they will respond, the sin continues to quietly follow you to put you to eternal shame on the judgment day.
So what is your decision? Do you want to open up and put your sins to open shame or you want to cover up and allow your sin to put you to open and eternal shame? No matter how small the sin may be, it will surely find you out on the judgment day. The choice is yours!
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