QUESTION #3: It seems that there is something very critical missing in this entire narrative we’re hearing from the media, and that if it isn’t factored in soon it may end up creating a circumstance or situation that may be worse than the beginning. What must be included from a Biblical perspective when things of this type are brought forward?
Dr. Gary Dull:
“…In these various confessions and so forth that we’ve heard recently, we’ve not heard anybody quote Psalm 51 and verse 4, at least as far as I know, where David said after he was convicted of the sin of adultery and murder, “Against Thee,” talking to God, “Thee only have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when you judge.” I’ve not heard that. It would be refreshing to hear that from some of these people. As you say, I think that they’re making political decisions and not decisions based upon sin versus righteousness.
I also think in light of your question there are several words that we need to take into consideration that help us to recognize if some of these confessions and so forth are genuine. I don’t have time to elaborate upon them, but first of all there needs to be a confession. That is agreeing with God that He has been wronged. Then there needs to be repentance. That means turning away from that sin and turning to the standards of all mighty God. Thirdly, there has to be restitution. That is making good for what that sin that is committed has caused to the degree that it can. Sometimes you cannot make perfect restitution, but restitution needs to be a part of it.
Then as the result of confession and repentance and restitution does come restoration back from the Biblical perspective, living according to God’s standards and doing the will of God. All of that must be glued together by good solid counsel from a good solid counselor who uses the word of God as his guidebook for counsel. We could elaborate upon that, but just I’m throwing those out.
In summarization there are two verses of Scripture that come to my mind. One, again, is found back in the Old Testament book of Job where Job said … in Job 11 and verse 14. “If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away. Repent from it. Turn from it and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.” That is in your places. Then in Isaiah 55 and verse 7 the word of God says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let them return unto the Lord.”
…That’s when God will have mercy and God will abundantly pardon. We need these Biblical principles to be proclaimed not only in Congress but in the church and in our families and throughout the land today.”
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