IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

March 21, 2013

SINS OF OMISSION

Leviticus 5:1 (ESV)

1If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his iniquity;

Leviticus 5:1 (LHI)

And an individual when she/he sins in that she/he hears an utterance of a curse and he [is]a witness or he sees or he knows if not he tells and so he shall bear guilt his                                                               (Literal translation from The Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible)

When we as Children of God witness an act of sin or injustice against another (seen or heard) it does not matter who committed the act, when a request is made we are required (by the Bible) to testify.  This flies in the face of what we are taught; “keep your mouth off the man/woman of God” or “touch not mine anointed and do my prophet no harm.”   This verse is used as a bludgeon into silence those who would come forth; just as “take a little wine for your stomachs sake”  (1 Tim 5:23) is used by some to drink alcohol.

These scriptures are taken out of context and used to silence those who might come forth to testify.  God says if you see it or know it, and you do not speak, you are guilty of a sin of omission.

How many times have those who have witnessed these acts said “ I don’t want to get involved” “or they were convinced to tell the truth they would be touching one of God’s anointed.  Lucifer was “anointed” Ezekiel 28:14.  These are sins of omission, Whose report do you believe?

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?        Isaiah 53:1 (AV)

Examples: 
Those who know the truth concerning Maurice Morris in Toledo, Ohio at The Armory (formerly St. James COGIC).
Sexual Misconduct
Property Theft (by court)

Here is an article I found in a Newsletter on the sins of omission.

March 21: Sins of Omission

Numbers 24–25; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34; Psalm 21:1–13

There’s that moment when you’re asked to do something you know is wrong, but you feel like you should respond. It’s almost as fleeting as the decision to not stand up for what is right, even when no one asks for your opinion. Many wrongdoings occur in these moments—these chances for sins of omission. Being silent is as bad as committing the wrong action, which is why the American court system prosecutes all the people committing an armed robbery for murder when only one gunman pulls the trigger.

Balaam, the prophet from Moab, had such an opportunity. After he was asked by Yahweh to bless the people of Israel—in opposition to his own king’s request (Num 22:1–6)—he could have done nothing at all. Or he could have made Yahweh like the gods of Moab—succumbing them to his will instead of their own—but he instead follows the orders of Yahweh and blesses the people of Israel (Num 24:3–9).

Paul addresses a similar dilemma in 1 Cor 11:17–34: the people at Corinth were exploiting the idea of feast meals by making them like meals they previously had in their culture. The meals also involved remembering Jesus’ covenant with bread and wine, which made the situation even worse. The exploitation involved eating before the poorer members of the community had arrived. In return, the poor members were unable to eat. The Corinthians were both omitting the poor and choosing to deny God’s request. Paul confronts this, telling them that God is judging them, and that’s why many of them are getting sick and dying.

The situation also echoes one of the ideas the psalmist addresses: “Though they have plotted evil against you [Yahweh], though they have planned a scheme, they will not prevail. For you will turn them to flight, you will aim arrows on your bowstrings at their faces” (Psa 21:11–12). The only difference is that the people in 1 Corinthians were not plotting per se; they were ignorantly ostracizing and hurting the poor. In the process, they were hurting God’s work among them and abusing the point of remembering Christ’s death and resurrection through a meal. The outcome, whether planned or unplanned, is the same: God’s work is hindered, and we’re punished for it.

God offers all of us grace through Jesus, but this should never be used as an excuse to do what He says is wrong.

What sins of omission are currently in your life?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

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