Solomon once observed, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper” (Proverbs 28:13a). The main reason we “will not prosper” is that so-called secret or 'private' sins “grieve” and “quench” the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is the means by which God empowers, leads, sanctifies, and prospers his people.
Sin hinders our spiritual life by isolating us from the Holy Spirit and the power source God intends for our lives. But, living in genuine community functions as a guard to prevent such strain. We hold each other accountable for our failings and encourage each other to be and do our best. Three interrelated consequences follow.
On September 22, the UN will host a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the 2001 "World Conference on Racism in Durban." The original Durban conference was hijacked by people and a terrorist-supporting agenda rife with antisemitism and bashing Israel. So far, a number of countries are boycotting the upcoming conference: Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Netherlands, UK and the US. The rest of the world, however, seems to think that there's no problem with the UN hosting another conference whose sole purpose is to smear Israel.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we wrestled with the age-old question: Why does God allow so much evil in the world? Twenty years later, we continue to ask: Where was God on September 11, 2001? I believe he was where he has always been: with us.
What does President Joe Biden's latest dictate have in common with the new Halloween Kills movie? Both are terrorizing 100 million people—with one difference. Unlike Hollywood's latest horror flick, Biden's latest executive order—that companies with more than 100 employees must vaccinate, isn't fictional.