Tag Archive | dark secrets

Isaiah 29:15 ” 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?’ “

Talk to someone who is struggling with a pornography addiction and sure enough they’ll use the excuse, “What I do in the privacy of my own home is my right.” And then they’ll follow it up with, “And I wasn’t hurting anyone with what I was doing alone at night.”  They are rationalizing and attempting to explain away what they already know deep down in their heart is wrong.  For we can’t hide anything from God’s sight.  And no matter how dark it is…God still sees what we’re doing.

Malachi 2:16 “…and I hate a man’s covering himself (or his wife) with violence as well as with his garment, says the Lord Almighty.”

Yesterday, I wrote about dark secrets that Believer’s struggle with, and the Church grapples to address. As a way of demonstration, I will tell you about my dark secret, and the Church’s response. My first marriage was one of constant domestic violence for many years. It was my dark, panic-stricken secret that was just too terrible to share with anyone…even my Church friends. So I stayed in this horrible relationship out of fear, guilt, and self-hate. Finally, the abuse became so bad I knew I would be killed…so I planned my escape, and left. To accomplish this, I had confided to my Pastor, who was more than understanding and compassionate…to the point of opening their home up to me to stay. The Church came to my aid and offered encouragement and support at the very lowest time in my life. Looking back years later, I only wish I had been brave enough to seek help earlier…

Psalm 90:8 ” You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.”

This morning I read a very interesting article in the paper about how dark secrets are impacting many Believers, and the lack of responsiveness from the Church. Many are burdened down with shame, guilt, and the feeling of hopelessness for sins and addictions they feel they cannot talk about, especially in Church. Instead, they allow the silence to bind them up, unable to break free of the secret sin that has them in its grip. But sadly, it’s also the lack of addressing real issues, that has the Church falling short. Jesus never skirted issues…He always called them for what they were. We may think our sin is “secret”…But God sees all, and now is the time to bring the light of His truth into the darkness.