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This is a term, used increasingly, to describe a situation where the truth has been suppressed, the facts have been misreported and people misled by a string of lies and a web of deceit. This is done deliberately to obscure the truth and to allow the guilty to appear innocent.

Not so long ago the Leveson inquiry attempted to discover the truth behind phone-hacking scandals and shockingly intrusive journalism that had been tolerated for years without people being fully aware of the full extent of such deplorable malpractice. The inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster, when many football fans were trampled to death, was carried out to reveal what really happened on that tragic day of the 15th. April 1989. A concerted effort had been made by the police to shift the blame onto the fans and only now are we discovering who really was to blame and what actually happened. Again and again, demands are made for public inquiries to try to ascertain the facts and disclose the truth. After years of silence and deception, many are finally being brought to justice for crimes they had covered up for decades.

Humans have been involved in cover-up since the dawn of their history; read Genesis chapter 3 and listen to Adam and Eve as they try to shift the blame and distort the facts. How rare it is for people to acknowledge the truth especially when they are at fault; few will willingly bear the blame and confess their wrongdoing. How difficult it is to admit, as did King David in Psalm 51.4, “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.” God will not tolerate any other attitude; He sees through our deceit and He demands total honesty if we are to be blessed. “Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts …” Psalm 51.6.
My friend, do not attempt to cover up your sin; God cannot be deceived; His all-seeing, penetrating eyes easily pierce the flimsy defence of your deception; He knows the truth; He has witnessed and recorded your every sin; not one has been overlooked or omitted. “… all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do” Hebrews 4.13. “These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; … but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes” Psalm 50.21.

However, the guilty may be pardoned, the lawbreakers can be justified and your every sin can be forgiven. It was when the prodigal son of Luke chapter 15 was prepared to acknowledge that he had sinned, that he received the kiss of forgiveness and the embrace of reconciliation from his father. Guilty though you are, “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3.23, yet you can have every charge of guilt removed, never to be raised again. All this has been made possible by the willingness of One Who was sinless, God’s own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to become accountable for our sins and to bear the fearful punishment we deserved. We did all the sinning but He bore all the suffering, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree” 1Peter 2.24. “Christ died for our sins” 1 Corinthians 15.3.

You can escape the eternal consequences of your sins by trusting the Saviour God provided and by depending alone upon His death to shield you from the just judgment you deserve. Don’t cover up your sins; confess them and find refuge in the One Who “took the guilty sinner’s place and suffered in his stead”.
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Written for FTMP by Assembly Testimony.

It has been alarming to hear not only of individuals in debt, but also news of countries teetering on the brink of bankruptcy has sent a shudder through the entire world. For too long, governments have spent foolishly and have failed to curb reckless investments by banks and financial institutions. The result, precipitated by the credit collapse of 2008, has been that massive debts have been incurred that have left even the International Monetary Fund with worrying problems on their minds and many countries feeling that the problem had reached irremediable proportions.

Austerity measures, deeply unpopular with the citizens of the countries affected, have had to be introduced before financial “bale-outs” could be sanctioned by leading economies. Public services have had to be slashed; public assets have had to be sold off and other draconian measures have been introduced to alleviate, even in a very small way, this mammoth problem. The result has been a debt crisis of unprecedented severity that has left some countries saddled with debts that could never be paid, amounting to many trillions of dollars; figures that are incomprehensible.

Inflation; deflation; recession and depression are terms that we have become acquainted with; we have all been affected and our lifestyles will never be the same again. We have become acutely aware of spiralling costs; of the need to “tighten our belts” and many have become unemployed or bankrupt because debtors could not pay their bills. The harsh effects have permeated through every strata of society, affecting everyone. Unfortunately, some have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of their problems and have committed suicide; debt can be that debilitating and destructive. If, like so many others, you have become enmeshed in a problem, not of your making and you are struggling to survive on a day to day basis; please be assured of our understanding and heartfelt sympathy.

However, there is a more serious debt that few ever think about; the Bible speaks of us as debtors, saddled with a debt that we will never be able to pay. It is the debt that has been incurred by our sin and every day we live, the debt increases and the problem intensifies. Our only hope lies in finding someone wealthy enough who would be willing to pay the debt for us. To whom can we turn, hoping for a sympathetic response to our need? Who could possibly have the incalculable resources to meet such a gigantic need? You may not have been bothered by this debt but you can never be in heaven until that debt is completely cancelled. It is that serious!

The Bible uses terms such as “redeemed”; “redemption” and refers to Jesus Christ as the “Redeemer”. In 1Peter1.18,19 we read, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold … but with the precious blood of Christ …” To redeem means to set free by the payment of a debt. We can only be liberated by the payment of a ransom and upon the cross at Calvary, the Lord Jesus paid that fearful price by the shedding of His precious blood. He “gave Himself a ransom for all …” 1Timothy 2.6. That is the only price acceptable to God and our every attempt to solve the problem, will be futile. Are you still in debt or can you rejoice with those of us who are saved, to know: “He’s mine because He died for me, He paid my debt, He set me free?”

Written by Guest Blogger (Assembly Testimony).


 Straight from the Bible
 Paul, a bond- servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour.
 1. God cannot lie
 2. You can trust what God says
 3. You can know the truth
 4. The truth, if believed and lived, will result in a life which is pleasing to God and good for you.
 5. The truth has been revealed.
 6. God wants to save those who repent and believe the gospel.
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