Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
We all need to be brought into remembrance, about the consequences of sin. Many of us think that we can escape our sin because we have lived so well in the past, but God doesn’t see it that way.
Here, He clearly lets us know that His standard is this; A sinful person who has not known God, will be forgiven if they turn to God and ask forgiveness. A righteous person will be held accountable for their actions.
That’s why to me it so sad when you see a man of God fall in the day of temptation. The enemy clearly knows this verse and uses temptation to cause mighty men to stumble. He’ll use it to make you and I transgress.
What I have noticed over the years is that the enemy will use a weakness or a sin that you came out of, once you were saved. For instance, a great healing evangelist A. A. Allen had alcohol problems before he became a Christian. He was a pioneer in the television industry, radio, and monthly magazines with millions of followers.
Struggling with the pressure he was unable to sleep, and his doctor suggested that he take a shot of whiskey before he went to bed at night, to help relieve the anxiety. The cure seemed so innocent, but Mr. Allen had a weakness for this sin, no restraint, and the devil used it against him.
He was found dead in a hotel room with several empty liquor bottles. The autopsy determined that he had died from liver failure due to alcohol poisoning.
Guard yourself, and if you are struggling with a secret sin, find a man or woman of God, preferably a pastor or a chaplain with integrity that you can trust. Share the truth with them and ask for prayer.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.