Last Updated on September 9, 2020
When one knows God’s forgiveness of their sins (Ps 32:1-2) they don’t need other’s approval. They don’t live in misery and frustration (Ps 32:3). They also understand why others don’t approve or trust them (Rom 12:3). Those who are very aware of the magnitude of their sins – especially sins that have effected others – know that others would (and should) be slow to trust them. This need for other’s approval is one of the signs of certain types of narcissism.
When God’s hand is on your life you are kept (Pr 3:23; Jude 1:24). You are my hiding place from every storm of life; You even keep me from getting into trouble! (Ps 32:7 TLB). For if you do these things, you will never stumble (2Pt 1:10 NIV). Or is your stumbling a sign of your destiny? “And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” (1Pt 2:8). Many sorrows come to the wicked (Ps 32:10 TLB).
If someone is demanding that others forgive and trust them without any fruit – they do not know or acknowledge the magnitude of their sin. They most likely are treating their sins as if they were of little matter. These people do not know what their sin has cost God and they have not repented – no matter what they may say to the contrary. They lack a realization of what true repentance is because they have not experienced godly sorrow (2Cor 7:10). Their fruit is showing that they don’t know God’s, or other’s, forgiveness because they have not properly repented (Eph 5:9).
It’s like they are in a loop of unrepentance seeking other’s approval or belief that they have repented – without having to show said repentance. Mainly, they show they are not repentant in their acknowledgment that they see a lack of forgiveness towards them and this does not immediately cause them to repent but it rather causes them to lash out against those they think should be blindly forgiving them. That really sounds like what certain men define as iniquity.
I would go as far as to say that they have not (perhaps never) even confessed their sin as SIN. They may acknowledge that they are sinners and that they have (or still do) sinful (or even wicked) things, but they don’t understand the magnitude of how God feels about their sin – even when it’s reflected in the faces of God’s people. They may even appear to understand the magnitude of God’s hatred of other’s sins but never their own (Pr 30:20). This is shown in their continuance therein and their justification thereof (Isa 3:9). Even though they may even preach against these sins in other people. There’s a term for that…
For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.
A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (Jam 1:7-8)
This double standard of your sins bad my sins good is an abomination to God. It’s the thing that Jesus was always encountering with the religious leaders of His day. It’s the same today with religious leaders.
The game of saying that God’s forgiven your wickedness and still demanding that others do that same is saying that you don’t really believe (or show) that God actually has forgiven your sins. It’s like you’re looking for God’s validation of your forgiveness in and through His people, and you’re not getting it. There’s your sign.
Covered or Covered-Up
There’s a big difference in having your sins covered through the blood of Jesus and having your sins covered so that no one sees them. Live and death. This will manifest itself in the fruit (Mt 7:20). If all you’re concerned with is that others grant you forgiveness, then you’re looking for them to overlook, to cover-up, your sins. This is not repentance nor is it even close to seeing the wickedness of your sins.
When you truly repent, God’s people will know, and you will know that they know. Adding sin to sin is not going to make them or God get on board with overlooking your sin. Are you Delivered From or Delivered Unto sin?
These People Trust Me
“For the sake of the ministry,” some will cry out to say that certain things should not be exposed. They should be hidden on account that they will cause others to mistrust the leader. Some leaders have even made the statement that “These people trust me” so you shouldn’t expose me for what I really am. When that’s the case, those people are trusting in lies (Jer 7:8). These lies will not save them (Jer 7:8) nor the liars who steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely (Jer 7:9) that tell and live their lies. Truth is our only shield (Ps 91:4). A ministry or minister that is founded on lies and held up by lies – is a lying wonder (2Thes 2:9-10). This minister will damn their hearers along with themselves (Hosea 4:9).
Give Romans 12 a read (Rom 12:1-21).
“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My spirit, that they may add sin to sin:” (Isa 30:1)