Summary: We all have skeletons in our closet - but they need to be in our past.

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“The Skeleton in the Closet”

September 30, 2007

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

We live in a society run by lawyers. Everything we do is affected by lawyers. Go to the hospital and the prices are so high because of the malpractice insurance. Get in the car to drive home and your car insurance is so high because of the litigation problem with the insurance companies. Our country, according to some, is in such a mess because it is run by lawyers who have gotten into politicks. It isn’t that I am against lawyers – but my attitude toward most of them is like the guy who asked what the difference was between a bucket of pond scum and a lawyer. The answer: The bucket. Someone asked me if I knew how to save a drowning lawyer. I said “no”. He said “good”. But I found out anyway. You just take your boot off his head.

I’m really not against lawyers. I’ve know some excellent ones. We need good lawyers to protect us from the not so good ones. But I mentioned lawyers because we can read a Scripture that says very clearly that “the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God” and then lists some things that are wicked and again says they will not inherit the kingdom of God – and our tendency is to rationalize – especially if we are on the list.

On the list is the sexually immoral. What does that mean? Well, the Scripture gives us some direction. Adultery is immoral. Prostitution is immoral. Homosexuality is immoral. Stealing is immoral. Greed is immoral. Lying is immoral. Drunkenness is immoral. Gossiping is immoral. Cheating is immoral. The Scripture says, two times, that these people will not inherit the kingdom of God. That’s pretty clear to me. But you will hear people rationalize and excuse and make these Scriptures say something else – or not say what they clearly say. People do that at the peril of their soul. Another Scripture says,

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. People reap what they sow.” Galatians 6:7

Let me be as clear as I can be: Those who are doing these things are wicked and will not inherit eternal life. On the other hand, we have all fallen into one of these categories at some time or another. Paul writes:

“And that is what some of you were.” (verse 11)

Have you ever stolen something? Have you ever lied? Have you ever slandered someone? Ever had a drinking problem?

You say, “Well, yeah! But I wasn’t a prostitute or a homosexual. I never committed adultery. I was never sexually immoral!”

Well, some of us here may have done some of those “BIG” sins. But, guess what? No sin is acceptable. Even a little white lie will keep you out of heaven – if it is not repented of. Even a little white lie caused Jesus to be nailed to the cross. The bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)

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