GOD CANNOT FORGIVE A SIN UNTIL THE SINNER CONFESSES THE SIN!
Regarding Tom Brady’s pecadillo (deflating footballs) it obviously is not as dark nor as sinful an act as beating your wife or girlfriend. However, the severity of Brady’s deceitfulness (claiming innocence and his unwillingness to cooperate during the investigation) is more about committing such a minor act that goes to the heart of the issue.
That was Nixon’s major sin; not committing Watergate, but it’s cover-up. That was Bill Clinton’s sin; not the lascivious act with Monica Lewinsky, but the cover-up. The same thing with Alex Rodriguez taking PEDS; it’s the cover-up. Therefore, my message to Tom is to bow down admit his guilt and beg for forgiveness. Remember, God can’t forgive sins if the sinner does not admit them. This edict has been with us since the beginning of time:
Job 24:13,15,17 (NIV) “There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths… The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’ and he keeps his face concealed… For all of them, deep darkness is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.”
Isa 29:15-16 (NIV) Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!… Can the pot say of the potter, “He knows nothing?”
Isa 28:15 (NIV) You boast, “… for we have made a lie our refuge, and falsehood our hiding place.”
Ps 139:7,11-12 (NIV) Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me…” the night will shine like day….
Jer 23:24 (NIV) “Can anyone hide in the secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.
Jer 16:17 (NIV) “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.”
Light As Judgment
The same light that makes plants grow hardens clay. The light is the same, but the response is completely different.
John 3:19-21 (Phi) “This is the judgment: that light has entered the world, and men have preferred darkness to light because their deeds were evil. Everybody who does wrong hates the light and keeps away from it, for fear his deeds may be exposed. But everybody who is living by the truth will come to the light to make it plain that all he has done has been done through God.”
Secrets Are Temporary, You Can Count On The Light
Mat 10:26-27 (NIV) “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.”
Mark 4:22 (Jer) “For there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light.”
The Light Illuminates What?
Ps 90:8 (NIV) You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Job 12:22 (NIV) He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light.
Job 28:11 (NIV) [God] … brings hidden things to light.
Dan 2:22 (NIV) He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
1 Cor 4:5b (Phi) He will bring into the light of day all that at present is hidden in darkness, and he will expose the secret motives of men’s hearts.