The weight of sin, guilt, and shame

  Sin- 1. a transgression of divine law.  2. a willful violation of a moral principle.  3. a serious fault or offense. 

The Bible is clear. Sin is our natural orientation. It’s not just that we do bad things. It’s far worse. We are bad by nature. We don’t start off innocent and break bad. We begin bad and stay that way… the only fix is the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ! -Colson Center

It is written: [Jesus:] “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.”  –John 15:2

“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind (carnal mind) is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s laws, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” -Romans 8:6-8

“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.” – 1 John 3:9

It is written: “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” -Ezekiel 18:4b  Hell   Repent America


Thomas Millington, Ambassador IICor.20, Ambassador to Jerusalem

Greetings I send you in the name of Christ Jesus/Yeshua. There are a lot of seemingly silly things to talk about and words in language to discuss; however, the word sin is one crucial word commonly overlooked, but must never be overlooked! All people, male and female, are earthly born under sin, and are separated from knowing God. It is not until each person uses his or her freewill to serve the Living God through Christ Jesus that the sin nature is removed!

Be Born Again Spiritually!    The Problem | The Locust Effect 

The sin of hate, lies, war, and deceptive Church!

“All sin is rooted in the failure of love.” -Thomas Merton; Quotationary, Leonard Loyd Frank

“The only power…that can…keep one from sin…is…an intimate knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” -George Williams, founder of YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association)

“Secular [irreligious] humanists make excuses for evil, or worse, deny its existence, or coddle it by refusing to confront it. Consequently, they feed it. Jesus did not compromise, nor negotiate, with evil.” -Called, Winter 2011; Jerusalem Prayer Team

It is written: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23

“Sin always leads to hiding and doing things in the dark (Genesis 3:7). Sin always breaks relationships between loved ones. Sin always leads to shame and fear (v.8). Sin always leads to blaming others and passing the responsibility on to someone else (vv. 12-13). -Frank Moore, Word Action; Spring 2013

The reality of sin in this world is evident! no class of individuals or occupation is exempt! Take a look at the headlines: 

  • IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups, Apologizes
  • “In resigning as CIA director, retired four-star General David Petraeus says he ‘showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.'” -Burlington Free Press 11-10-12
  • Rip-Off Rabbis and Sacred Scammers- Several high-profile Israeli rabbis have come under fire for less-than-holy schemes [bribes/false documents] -Source: Moment, Jan/Feb 2014
  • Firefighter charged with arson, fraud -Reporter, 9-11-13 (Brandon, VT)
  • Eleven sent home in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal -Fox News 4-16-12
  • 3-7-11 Front Cover: SPECIAL REPORT SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Criminal records in College Football: “A six month investigation of SI’s preseason Top 25 reveals that more than 200 players- including 23.5% of scholarship athletes on one team- have been in trouble with the law.”
  • DOC [Department of Corrections] official faces charges 12-4-09 Rutland Herald (VT)
  • Homeland Security official charged with sexual preying (Rutland Herald, April 6, 2006)                     
  • Former judge is reprimanded   
  • Trial of former Vernon police chief could start at the end of next month                                                                
  • Schemes, scandals make 2003 headlines  
  • Additional charges filed against law school founder
  •  Lawyer Complaints Overwhelm System (Valley News, Oct.18, 1992)   
  • “It’s not about veterans anymore.  It’s all about the money.” (The American Legion Magazine, Feb. 2004) 
  • Telling truth might have been best defense- Judicial system needs help       
  • 65 Boston churches to close- Declining attendance, sex scandal contribute                                                                                          
  •  Verizon Warns Consumers: Beware of On-Line ‘Phishing’ Scam   
  • Policing the corporate suites- Abuses by CEO’s eroded confidence in capitalism. Such outrages must never happen again       
  •    Ex-CIA official indicted  (The Week, 2-23-07)    
  • Teacher sentenced for sex with student
  • ….there is no end of sinful news! This is why each person must  choose to be saved from sin.

GOOD NEWS:  “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” -John 1:29 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” -1 Timothy 1:15

 “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone: but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” – James 1:13, 14

“You see- sinners cannot save sinners. We are all trapped at the bottom of the pit and none of us can pull others out. Technology cannot touch the need of the human heart. Only the Almighty Himself can reach out to us and fulfill our greatest longings.” –Reinhard Bonnke, Christ for All Nations

 More evidence of SIN!

 “There’s something wrong, something fundamentally wrong in my view that’s been going on in our society …and that is a lot of economic activity has been motivated, pure and simple, by greed – “G” “R” “E” “E” “D”.   Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Live Forum 12-6-08, held at the Otter Valley High School, Brandon ,VT (P.s. He’s a professed Socialist, he’s Jewish, but does not acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah of the world..)

“The FBI says that Mexican and South American gangs, along with their violence and drug trade, have spread to every single major US city. Our own Justice Department admits that Colombian and Mexican cartels bring in $18-39 billion in sales from the United States.” –American Action Political Committee

“My identity was stolen by another police officer.” – TV ad for lifelock . com

The Oil — for — Food  Scandal-  “When the Americans left, they turned everything over to the United Nations, and the U.N. officials were corrupt, taking money to look the other way.  They were selling the food and supplies they were supposed to be giving to the people as part of the recover effort.” –Saddam’s Secrets, Iraqi General Georges Sada; pg 192

“Kofi Annan, the first UN secretary general to be elected from the ranks of UN staff, got his job by being a team player.  He came into office 10 years ago pledged to preserve the “collective conscience of humanity” and leaves Dec. 31 beaten by a U.S. invasion of Iraq he opposed and UN Oil for Food scandel in Iraq that eventually implicated his own son.”  -WORLD Magazine, Dec.30, 2006/Jan. 6, 2007

“The FBI has named identity theft as the fastest growing crime in America”  March 2003,  IdentityTheft.htm

“The drug problem in Vermont has long economic fingers that have gripped the state. Drug abuse increases police budgets and raises taxes. It is a public health issue and increases insurance premiums. It adds to the prison population, and therefore, the state corrections budget. It contributes to the high school drop out rate. It feeds poverty. It destroys families. It breaks hearts.” –Lee J. Kahrs; The Reporter: For Rent? Landlords do battle in drug war; Vol. 18, No. 4 1-23-13

Power corrupts long-held principles (In regards to N.Y. Governor Eliot Spitzer’s alleged misconduct) “Power is a potent aphrodisiac (the arousing sexual desires). The sense of entitlement and inviolability that seem to come with being the one calling the shots can outweigh even a really smart person’s sense of judgment.” The Burlington Free Press, March 14, 2008

pedophilia – sexual desire in an adult for a child.     

 Jesus satisfies the void of each person’s need for true love; thus, avoiding unnatural relationships!

 A Queer Thing Happened in America, Dr. Michael Brown

 It is written: “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty (prideful) eyes, a lying tongue (emphasis added), hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”  -Proverbs 6:16-19

“I don’t want to reflect on my fellow politicians, but if every politician that ever lied was incapable of holding of service, I’m not too sure of how many we’d have left.” -James Jefford, Vermont (USA) Representative [career politician]; quote taken after a press conference; Burlington Free Press (year 2000)

Lie: A falsehood uttered for the purpose of deception;…;anything which misleads or deceives. -Black’s Law Dictionary 6th Edition

Magnetic strips in merchandise to minimize the sin of theft
Keys to prevent the sin of theft

In a Forbes Magazine dated December 8, 2003, page 91, an article appeared entitled Holy Influence. Born-again Art Ally who was interviewed stated  that he “believes that anyone not accepting Christ won’t get into heaven, that homosexuality led to the fall of the Roman Empire and that pornography, abortion and the “homosexual agenda” are going to lead the fall of America. No nation in the history of the world has ever survived moral collapse.”

The sin of domestic abuse

“All of the legislation in this American nation has earned us the reputation as the world’s leader per capita in abortion, alcoholism, drug addiction, and pornography (this surpassed Hollywood 11 billion versus 9 billion). Divorce, problem gambling, and hatred are skyrocketing. Prisons are full, and debt is at its greatest in history.” -Dr. Mike Evans

It is written: “You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” -Exodus 20:13-17

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred and discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” -Galatians 6:19-21

“He who despises his neighbor sins.” -Proverbs 14:21

The Offer of Life or Death

It is written: “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’ No the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” –Deuteronomy 30:11-20

“He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God [Jesus] appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin…” -1 John 3:8, 9a

“[That is] because the mind of the flesh- with its carnal thoughts and purposes- is hostile to God; for it does not submit itself to God’s Law, indeed it cannot.” -Romans 8:7 Amplified Bible  

Be born again     Parable: Lost Son  

 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” -Romans 6:23 

“Sin always leads to hiding and doing things in the dark (Genesis 3:7). Sin always breaks relationships between loved ones. Sin always leads to shame and fear (v.8). Sin always leads to blaming others and passing the responsibility on to someone else (vv. 12-13). -Frank Moore, Word Action; Spring 2013

 Veil of Tears        

“For children separated from their families, the risk for commercial sexual exploitation increases.” -Girls Like Us, Rachel Lloyd; Founder and executive director of GEMS Girls Educational and Mentoring (Mann Act. Federal statute (White Slave Traffic Act, 18 U.S.C.A.ss2421) making it a crime to transport a woman or girl in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.) Addison Pregnancy Resource Center

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Christ-like living not just talk

“Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy murder, strife, deceit and malice.  They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” -Romans 1:28-30

“And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and dejected?  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, and you must master it.” -Genesis 4:6, 7 Amplified Bible

“But the man who has doubts–misgivings, an uneasy conscience–about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith.  For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin–that is, whatever is done without conviction of its approval by God is sinful.” -Romans 14:23 Amplified Bible

Job: “‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” -Job 1:21, 22

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