No Secrecy

Roman Catholicism developed an interesting practice to produce revenue.

Priests sold “indulgences” which allowed people to commit a sin. The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” described an indulgence as “a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saint.”

Understand that? Well, neither do I. Obfuscation seemed to be part and parcel of religion for many, many years. It seemed to me like a way to commit any sin you wish if you just have the paid permission of a priest to do so.

Jesus, in Mark 4:21-22 made a common sense statement. He asked if it was the usual practice to light a lamp and set it under a bed. Of course, it wasn’t! That kind of thing is just stupid. The light needs to be placed on a lampstand so it can provide its light unimpeded. The truth will be seen, but also will the sin. Nothing is done in a vacuum.

In verse 22, he said the human-loved practice of trying to obfuscate the truth will never succeed. Nothing will ever remain a secret, Jesus said. Count on all those so-called hidden things in your life to become known by all.

There is no such thing as a permitted sin. The Bible teaches that sin is a transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and that sin brings a punishment (Ezekiel 18:4, 20). The only avoidance of the punishment of spiritual death is forgiveness and is predicated on repentance and obedience (Luke 13:3; Matthew 28:18-20).