Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
The very first thing that Adam and Eve did was to hide themselves from God following their sinful act of disobeying Him. It is an act that has not changed from that day … sin will always hide from God. That is why sin loves the darkness because in the dark sin will flourish.
John 3 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
I love the promises of God because they provide so much hope. They inspire us to live righteous lives, and they guide our behavior in this world. But the Bible is also full of warnings and ramifications of wrong thinking and wrong behavior. These warnings provide the consequences of disobeying God and ignoring Him like so many have in our world today. There was a day when people knew they were disobeying God because the culture supported a moral perspective about life. Today our culture ignores God, and the ignorance about God is clearly seen in how we live our lives.
Churches over the last two decades or more have eliminated the kind of preaching that exposes sin, and teaching that the consequences of unrepentant sin is hell. Hell is an exposure of rebellion to God. Jesus taught that it is torment:
Matthew 13:42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
When Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible tells us they hid themselves from God:
Genesis 3:8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.
Why the hiding? Because they knew they had sinned against God.
When we shy away from the teaching of sin, the darkness it brings, and the punishment sin brings, we too are hiding from God.
One of the elements of the Gospel is exposing sin, darkness, and the consequences of unrepentant sin:
Ephesians 5:13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
John 3 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
The ministry of the church is both to proclaim and to expose as Scripture teaches:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our culture finds the peace it desires in living in the shadows of darkness. People do not care about sin. In fact, they often celebrate it through entertainment and even in legislation. Anyone who exposes the darkness is hated, they are marginalized as fanatics, and ignored as out of step with the 21st Century.
Yet, exposure is a warning and it reveals the intent of the heart. Jesus told us that sin is a heart issue:
Matthew 15:19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.
In the darkness of our day, these heart issues are not interpreted for what they are … as the unrighteous fruit of sinful behavior that will bring the consequence of the punishment of Hell. That makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable, doesn’t it? It is because we seldom frame Christianity this way. Exposing sin is exposing the consequences of sin because one is incomplete without the other. The wages of sin is death … there is no other alternative for sin other than Jesus.
There is no removal from the sentence of death because of sin, other than the blood of Jesus Christ. He is the vaccine for death and there is no other remedy.
Being uncomfortable with sin, death, Hell, and judgment is okay. It brings exposure to God’s reality in life. It is such a damnable phrase to only say ‘God is love’ because it isn’t the whole story. What is left out of that phrase is the true reality of God.
Jesus told us the Kingdom of Heaven has come, to repent, and believe in the Gospel. It is time we examine our own lives before God in confession, repentance, and commitment. Then, we take a stand against the lies of our culture and expose the truth.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler