Numbers 32:23, “But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Romans 2:9-10, “There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
The son of a famous American was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving, a plea bargain that saw the drunk driving charge dropped. Two policemen, one an eighteen-year veteran and former vice detective, were arrested for using an escort service as a prostitution ring. They pleaded guilty only to obstructing justice, a result of plea bargaining that saw the more serious charges dropped. It is amazing what serious violations of the law can be overlooked in the prosecution of lawbreakers. What is an affront to even a primitive sense of justice – allowing felons to plead guilty to lesser charges – mocks the entire judicial process.
No plea bargain can be made with unforgiven sin. It is never forgotten, minimized, or excused, and no allowances will be given for position, fame, or wealth. With the Judge that none can corrupt or impress, all unforgiven sins will be punished. Those who refuse to surrender their sins will pay a penalty. That is the threat of the cross when its forgiveness is refused.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Sin will keep you from this Book (The Bible). This Book will keep you from sin. – Dwight L. Moody
Our outward act is prompted from within, and from the sinner’s mind proceeds the sin. – Prior
There is no sin for which it is worth your while to be damned. – Spurgeon
No sin is small. It is against an infinite God, and may have consequences immeasurable. – Jeremy Taylor