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The Discoveries of Sin.

The Discoveries of Sin.

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" Be sure your sin will find you out." Num. xxxii. 23.

" Be sure your sin will find you out." Num. xxxii. 23.

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Published by: glennpease on Feb 02, 2014
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THE DISCOVERIES OF SIN. BY THE REV. S. NOLAND," Be sure your sin will find you out." Num. xxxii. 23. NO greater difficulty is found in the pulpit than to make the hearers feel that they are the guilty ones alluded to in the sermon. No little stratagem is necessary to make David feel, even under Nathan, "Thou art the man." A direct ap-proach is often a failure because it is resisted; an indirect because it is misapplied. We are apt to believe that we know our neighbor's sins better than our own. The text is personal, and the sermon must be likewise. If any one transfers it to his neighbor, the influence is lost. A man said to us once: "I liked your sermon to-day ; it was so general" We intended it for him, and we felt ashamed of the result. Preaching at Kockcastle Springs a very practical sermon, several hearers approached us after service and asked if we meant a certain man, a stranger, whom we barely knew. We really
meant the inquirers. We are all enough alike in our native depravity and sinful acts to be portrayed in this faithful text. (93) 94 The Discoveries of Sin. As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Sin never changes. It begins in guilt, and ends in death. The word of God is a bright and truthful mirror for beholding ourselves, and all its virtues will be lost if w T e keep turning it on others so as to behold only them. Let us not hesitate to-day to look at the picture as being like ourselves, and then when we leave this house let us not straightway forget what manner of men w T e are. Be certain that your sin will find you out if it con-tinues, and that your own forgetfulness or transfer will not conceal your guilt or lessen the danger.
1. It is your sin. Every one loves his own wrong-doing, and can see but little harm in it. His own evil ways soon become his easily besetting sin. His love for his own evil course is shown in the great number of times that he repeats the same things. The old sinner's eye brightens as he looks back on the sin-ful days of early life, and he wishes he w<ere young again that he might renew its pleasures. It was a long course of voluntary sin before the prodigal could be brought to say, "I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight." And so of David, when he w r as at last compelled to say, "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned." Each sin is popular, and has a large following. There are abundance of tastes for every sin. Noth-ing is learned so rapidly as to sin, and nothing is The Discoveries of Sin. 95

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