“Denial of the Truth”
Why do people do bad things? Another shooting in America and the controversy of gun control and the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution takes center stage all over again. I am not here to give you a political speech on this topic. I am here to deal with the problem of sin as the pastor of this church. This second amendment controversy and the problem of individuals taking personal responsibility for their own actions is an increasingly divisive problem because secular humanism has taken such a prominent positions in political thought and educational emphasis. Under the humanist philosophy, there is no God, thus no moral Law Giver. _______________
____________________________________________________________________________ We live in a world, certainly here in America, which has bought into the humanist manifesto and is working diligently to see its implementation fully completed. We should consider how the Apostle John’s words from this 1st letter to the church is viewed in our world today.
1 John 1:5-2:14 The reality of “sin”.
John made his case in the 1st five verses that “we”, meaning himself and thousands of witnesses, had seen the eternal life which was with the Father, namely Jesus the Christ.
____________________________________________________________________________ John says in verse 6 that if we don’t have fellowship with God then we are not living in truth, we are lying (to ourselves and others) and still existing in the darkness. __________________
1. John says the antidote for sin is the “blood of Jesus Christ”. (verse 7)
2. When the issue of sin is brought before the secular humanist their answer is denial of God. This denial is what Paul speaks of in Romans 1:20-22, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.”
Paul sasys denial of sin makes a person a fool. John says it this way, “If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (vs. 8) ___________________________
We know that denial keeps us from truth, healing, and being set free. So we as believers have this great access to all three by simply being able to “confess our sins”. We can do that because we believe in God the Father who is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (vs. 9)
Verse 10 is a warning that Christian pride, you know, feeling like we are above it all because of our own goodness, is a very dangerous thing. ______________________________________
Verses 1 & 2 remind us of how great our Savior is in redemption & salvation. _____________
Evidence that we know Him? We keep His commandments. (vs. 3-6) What kind of love? Brotherly love. (verse 10) _______________________________________________________
John directs a message to 3 distinct groups:
1. Little Children – ____________________________________________________________
2. Fathers – ________________________________________________________________
3. Young men – _____________________________________________________________
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