1. CAPS vs. Bauck, How a Small Nonprofit Brought Down a Large Puppy Mill


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    This professionally produced documentary follows the undercover employment of a CAPS investigator, who compiled the evidence necessary for Kathy Bauck, one of the largest and most notorious USDA-licensed dog brokers, to be convicted of animal cruelty, the prosecution and conviction, and the termination of Bauck’s USDA license. Companion Animal Protection Society caps-web.org Learn more, take action, donate now!

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    • Why Don't Christians Care That They Sin?


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      In a questions and answers session at our 2010 National Conference, Alistair Begg and R.C. Sproul answered the question, “Why don’t Christians care that they sin?” Transcript: http://ligm.in/IEKn5a Full Message: http://ligm.in/IxoGGx

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      • Mads Wollesen - Out of conviction


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        German Kitesurfer Mads Wollesen spent 5 weeks in Uruau/Brazil doing what he likes the most. Check out his progression and the fun he had on and off the water. I want to thank: Finn, Nils, Steffen, Peer, Ewan, Declan, Sabrina, Mario, Gigi, Riki, Alby, Tala, Andre, Bruna, Acai Lady and Youri dikke nudel junge for the unforgetable time and the support for this movie.

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        • Silence That Stifles True Happiness


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          Many of us have a practice of making resolutions, especially around the first of the year when holiday spending and eating have taken their toll on our checkbooks and our waistlines! It is a good thing to want to be more disciplined in our eating and spending, our exercise and time with our families. But such resolutions usually deal only with moralistic outward behaviors and are dependent on our own self-will and self-determination. Lacking a solid connection to God’s grace and his sanctifying plan for our lives, such resolutions are practically doomed to failure. Today I would like to suggest to you a new and better type of resolution. A LIFE RESOLUTION. To borrow some old-fashioned language, this resolution is to grow in the blessedness of holiness in full reliance upon God’s necessary grace. One great example of this kind of growth is found in the life of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Jonathan Edwards’ greatness was centered not in terms of his intellect, but in his godly passion. This passion directed his intellect to pursue the real happiness that only comes from gospel holiness. Edwards had this kind of passion early in life. He entered Yale shortly before his 13th birthday! At 17 he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree, then remained at college two more years to prepare for the ministry. When he was 19, he was called to the ministry. Knowing the great responsibility he soon was to assume, Edwards penned 70 resolu¬tions over a period of a year (1722-1723). Already at that age he was a man aware of his utter need of God’s grace. This is most evident in the statement that he wrote at the beginning of his list of reso¬lutions: “Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him, by his grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.” Then follow his 70 resolutions. As you can see—this was no “New Year’s Resolution.” It wasn’t an impulsive commit¬ment. No, young Edwards made these resolutions over the period of a year. He prayed about them, thought at length, dwelt on them. His 22nd resolution stands out, and indicates the true measure of this man. Listen to the passion of this 19-year-old from his private journal: “Resolved: To endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea, violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.” Edwards knew that God had made us for himself, the source of all true happiness. But in what and for whom is this happiness to be found? That is the question now before us and which David answers in Psalm 32. 1Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah 5Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"-- and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah 6Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. 7You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah 8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. 9Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love sur¬rounds the man who trusts in him. 11Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are up¬right in heart! Psalm 32 1. IN WHAT AND FOR WHOM IS THIS HAPPINESS? (PSALM 32:1-2) What Edwards calls happiness, and our version of the Bible renders “blessed,” David literally calls “happinesses.” The term is always plural to connote the abundant, over¬flowing, and profuse grace and blessedness that God showers upon those who love him. The grace is nothing less than God’s gift of faith and repentance, the desire to die to self so that we gain life. And the end of that grace is conformity to Christ. True grace reshapes and transforms us to be like Christ—that is, to be happy in God’s holiness. The very happiness that Edwards resolved to get at any cost – David directs our atten¬tion to: showing not only what such happiness consists of, but also whose happiness it is. Let’s take each of these in turn.  Where is happiness to be found?  In what does true happiness consist? David’s answer in verses 1 and 2 can be paraphrased, “Oh, the true happinesses of the one whose trans¬gressions are being forgiven, whose sins are being covered. O the true happinesses of the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”  In what does true happiness consist?  In being in right relationship with God. It is being reconciled with God, knowing personally that God has forgiven us our transgressions, has covered our sins, and has reckoned us right with him—fully accepted as his son or daughter. To build a foundation for our understanding of confession, let’s look more closely at each of THESE MARKS OF TRUE HAPPINESS. A.True happiness is forgiveness for transgression. Sin is transgression, rebellion, a breaking of our relationship with God. It is not so much a breaking of a thing as offending a person – the Lord himself, our Creator and Redeemer. Transgression incurs both guilt and punishment. And that punishment is eternal alienation from God, being cast out of his presence, removed from his sight, banished to Hell where God and his gifts do not dwell. But, David says, look at what the Lord has done! He crowns each sinner’s head with happiness, not eternal sorrow, because he forgives our transgression. Literally, he lifts our transgression, guilt, and punishment from us. For anyone who is aware of his or her guilt and struggle with sin, isn’t this sheer happiness of heart? B.True happiness consists in having our sin covered. The word here for “sin” means missing the mark, that is, failing to do what we ought to do. Whereas “transgres¬sion” describes sins of commission, “sin” refers to that of omission—failing to do what we ought, to love God and others as we ought. But, David says, look at what the Lord has done! He not only dresses us in the garments of joy, but also covers our sin. For as sin leads to guilt, so guilt leads to shame, disgrace, and humiliation. Scripture pictures it as being naked and exposed for who we really are. But David points out the blessedness of the Lord covering us. God covers our nakedness and shame and dresses us with glory--a new glory, the glory of the gospel itself, full of his grace and mercy to sinners like us. C.True happiness consists in the Lord not counting our sin against us. Interestingly, the word here for sin is a third term that describes sin as a crookedness, a wickedness, that twists and perverts our relationship with our God. David says, look at what the Lord has done! He doesn’t count our wickedness against us! David knows that it is not enough have your transgressions lifted and your nakedness covered. Being crooked and wicked people, we also need to be restored, reconciled, and righted. And that is what the Lord does. He forgives, he covers, and he declares us right with him. It is His doing. He does not leave it to angels or men or some impersonal law. But all who come to him confessing their sin, he personally calls his own and declares them right.  But who is this happiness for?  Who has true happiness as a real possession? Most of us would say: the Christian has true happiness. But that isn’t specific enough. D.True happiness is the possession of the confessing Christian. We have completely missed the point of Psalm 32 if we think that it is aimed at new converts, those who make their first confession of sin. David is not speaking of new converts, or about conversion. Here he speaks about his own life, about one already in the ranks of the faithful. He is speaking of you and me, who gather regularly to worship God, and call each other brother and sister. That is, David speaks of the happiness of forgiveness and justification that is a present, ongoing, and growing reality throughout the life of the confessing believer. Why does David make this clear? It is because he knows that there is a deceit that is both deadly and devastating and that stalks every true child of God -- especially strong believers. Concealed sins effects the lives of many "Mature Christians" Illustration: In a conservative southern church, the pastor's wife found pornography on her husband's computer. After confronting him with the evidence, he admitted downloading the images off the internet, even using the computer in his study which was located in the church itself. Somehow he had separated his ongoing sexual sin from his responsibilities and duties as a man of God. Illustration: In an August 2000 poll conducted by Christianity Today on internet pornography, 33% of active ministers admitted having visited porn sites. Over half of those ministers said that they had visited those sites more than once. A total of 18 percent of clergy said they visit sexually explicit Web sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week. This poll includes many liberal and 'mainstream' ministers, but it would be very naive to think that porn was not a problem for some bible-believing ministers. Illustration: In another bible-believing church not far from my home, a Christian businessman sought investment capital from other Christian individuals and businesses. He promised to invest the money in new Christian enterprises and promised a high rate of return on their money. Alas, however, there was no new enterprise, and there was no return on their money. He had embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his fellow Christians. He was charged by civil authorities and jailed. The unbelieving world had another excuse to demean biblical Christianity. Illustration: A nice Christian family joined the church by letter from another city. Brad and Susan had four wonderful little boys ranging in age from two years up to ten years. Susan had a beautiful voice and sang specials in the church. Brad was a bible teacher and had taught Sunday school at their former church. But Brad and Susan had a terrible secret. He had a terrible temper that caused him to abuse Susan both physically and emotionally. No one in the church had any idea until she took her boys and left to return to her hometown. Brad followed her back and tried to reconcile with her. But his secret was now public and there was no turning back. 2. THE DECEIT OF CONCEALED SIN (PSALM 32:3) Verse 3 warns us about the deceit of concealed sin. True happiness is the possession, says David, not merely of the forgiven, covered, and justified believer, but of the believer in whose spirit is no deceit. He doesn’t say “in whose spirit is no guilt.” Rather he says “is no deceit.” All believers continue to sin and are therefore guilty, so David is not talking to the saint without guilt (there is no such creature!). No, David is talking about the saint living without deceit. Listen. Here is a message for each one of us. It is likely that here today, right now, some of you are living in concealed sin – unconfessed sin. You know what sin I am referring to. In another place David calls it “willful sin.” Psalm 32 is especially written for you. What immediately follows is David’s own tale of deceit, the story of when he kept silent about a known sin that he refused to confess. We know David as the “man after God’s own heart.” Yet here in Psalm 32, David frankly reveals himself to be of another character. Here we meet David the Deceiver, David the Truth Suppresser. What we find is not the story of happiness, but of misery-- a story of inner turmoil, that persistent, pestering, restlessness of soul – yes, even a wasting away. This is not so much the misery of the sinner, but the misery of the sin-concealer. 3. THE CONSEQUENCES OF KEEPING SILENT (PSALM 32:3-4) In June of 1984 the Boston Globe reported the tragic drowning of an 8-year-old boy named Chris. He had drowned in 8 feet of water while hunting for golf balls at a local country club with three of his friends. According to his friends, Chris entered the pond and pretended that he was drowning. His friends said they thought he was playing a trick on them. It was no trick or game. Chris drowned. In the aftermath of his death, the behavior of his friends startled many. One of the three began crying frequently and had to sleep with his mother. A second started hearing voices and seeing visions and was later committed to a hospital for emotionally dis¬turbed children. A third, an 18 year old, was fired from his job because he would stay home from work when he felt "angry and disgusted about telling a lie to protect a friend.” After the drowning, all three witnesses suffered emotional instability, according to their parents, police, and themselves. Their distraught parents say the boys were withdrawn and had nightmares. They were no longer friends. This was the mental and emotional trauma afflicting these boys for two years. But then a secret was uncovered. One of the boys confessed that Chris did not drown accident¬ally. He was pushed. This boy confessed that he had pushed Chris into the water. The other two boys conspired with him to hide the truth from everyone else. The police investigated and charged the boy with manslaughter. They were involved in a cover-up -- carriers of a lie and suppressers of the truth. But they could not escape the consequences of their deceit. Neither could David. After his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and arranging for her husband's murder, David tried to live a double life. Instead of confessing his sin, David says in verse 4 that he “kept silent.” Instead of admitting his shame, his failing, he says in verse 5 that he was “covering his sin.” He thought he could do it. Most of us do. We work terribly hard at landscaping our front-yard lives. We allow people entrance into the living rooms of our homes, but we do not show them where we live – the inner rooms, the inner parts. Now let me ask you: What of you? Where do you spend the majority of your time? Landscaping the front yard of your life or opening the closet and cleaning out the hidden sins? Our inner “rooms” are where the Lord would have us go. This is where the Lord addresses us—in the dark chambers of our heart. David realizes this when he cries out in Psalm 51:6, “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts.” That is what God wants—truth in the inner parts, for he knows that is where sin resides. Like cultivated mush¬rooms, sin thrives in the darkness (Prov. 28:13; Jn. 3:19-20; Rom. 13:12; Eph. 5:8-14; 1 Jn. 1:5-7). So it is in the dark and concealed places that God would shine his truth like the noonday sun.  Look at the consequences of keeping silent. David outlines some of them for us:  A physical destruction. “My bones wasted away. . .”  A conscience that plagues us daily. “Through my groaning all day long. . .”  A sense of God’s fatherly displeasure. “Your hand was heavy upon me. . .”  Depression of the spirit. “My strength was sapped as in the heat of summer . . .” Unconfessed sin makes us fugitives. We become fugitives from God, from the person we’ve sinned against, from ourselves. No wonder that it leads to such physical and spiritual torment! That fugitive life is also the life of a lie. Think of it — during his term of concealment, what did David do? Surely he prayed. He would have gathered with others for worship. He would have written songs, counseled others, poured himself into his appointed work as king, and he may even have partici¬pated in general confessions during worship. Yet all this time he concealed his sin. He kept silent. And through it all he was a stranger to true happiness – he was miserable, because he was estranged from his God. 4. HOW DOES GOD BRING TRUE HAPPINESS TO BELIEVERS? But the Lord did not, would not, let David go. He led him down the path to true happiness. How? How does God bring about true happiness for believers?  To begin with, the Lord convicts us of our sin through His Spirit and his Word. It is the Lord who runs after us. It is he who pursues us. He lays fatherly chastisement on us to turn us back to him. At some point in David’s anguish, he saw this. Where once he only saw his torment and shame, now he saw it as God’s hand! Verse 4 says, “Your hand was heavy upon me." It was not a psychological anguish, but a truly spiritual one: that is, an anguish that comes from God’s Spirit. For it is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin and lead us back to God. David calls this the Lord’s hand. Therefore, it is the grace of conviction of sin that begins his journey home. And how does conviction of the Spirit come? The Spirit convicts by means of the word of God. In David’s case, it came by way of the prophet Nathan, who counseled David and wisely exposed his sin as the heinous sin it was – his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah. THE SPIRIT ALWAYS WORKS WITH HIS WORD. Listen: The greatest single secret of spiritual development lies in personal, humble, obedient response to the Word of God. The chief means God has for conviction of sins is his Word. In it are his warnings that threaten and convict, his promises that assure us of his mercy and forgiveness, and his commandments that rebuild our lives. The way to happiness is by the Lord’s Spirit and Word leading us. IF THIS CONVICTION IS GENUINE, IT WILL LEAD TO SINCERE CONFESSION. Conviction alone is not enough. It must be followed by heartfelt admission. It must lead us to that honest reckoning and acknowledgment of our sin before God. So David prays, “Then I acknow¬ledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said: ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.’” A true confession must be a full confession—not full in the sense of trying to recall all that you have done, but full in the sense of being specific. We see this in verse 5 where David confesses his sin using three common terms: sin, iniquity, and transgressions. Do you see what he is doing? He is confessing all his sin and confessing specific sin; failings, transgressions and wickedness. Sins of omission and sins of commission and the sin of perverting our relationship to God. That is a full confession. The nature of the sin and the decision of whom we confess it to determines how graphic or explicit we ought to be in our confession. Which leads me to the next point: The way we confess our sin is determined to a large measure by the kind of sin we have committed. A.First, there is secret sin, which Moses speaks of in Psalm 90:8. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. Psalms 90:8 This is sin between you and God alone. Hence, your confession is secret, between you and God alone. B.Second, there are private sins, Sins committed against another person, which often lead to conflict or estrangement in that relationship. Jesus speaks of this kind of sin in Matthew 18:15, where he teaches us that confession here would be made not only to God, but also to the person or persons you have offended. C.Thirdly, there are public sins. Public sins are those sins committed against a group, a people, a community, a congregation. Since the sin has affected an entire group, the confession should also be made to the entire group. For example, if someone in our church started a rumor or a conflict that eventually affected a major portion of our congregation, sincere repentance would be demonstrated by a confession to our entire congregation. In our small group study this week, we learned a concept called the Seven A’s of Confession, which is a clear way to confess our sins to one another in a thorough and biblically faithful manner. 1. Address everyone involved (All those whom you affected) 2. Avoid if, but, and maybe (Do not try to excuse your wrongs) 3. Admit specifically (Both attitudes and actions) 4. Acknowledge the hurt (Express sorrow for hurting someone) 5. Accept the consequences (Such as making restitution) 6. Alter your behavior (Change your attitudes and actions) 7. Ask for forgiveness  So it is that God convicts, and we confess. What follows is one more step that secures for us the full measure of God’s happiness: forgiveness. 5. YOU FORGAVE MY SINS! (PSALM 32:5) I would be remiss to leave out the very climax of David’s confession. In verse 5 he cries out with joy, “You forgave my sin!” It is God’s forgiveness and the resulting life-changing grace that excites David to tell others of the goodness of confessed sin. This is no mere head knowledge of forgiveness, but the personal, spiritual experience of being forgiven, accepted, reconciled, justified by the Lord and now at peace with Him. Following his confession, David does not say simply: "There is forgiveness," but "You forgave me." That is what real forgiveness is and where true happiness is found. And look at its ultimate effect. Where once David covered his sin and hid from God, now he exclaims in the open with great joy: “You are my hiding place.” And now he lives without fear. To paraphrase verse 6: “When the mighty waters rise-- the waters of judgment-- I will not fear, for they will not reach me. You have forgiven me!” We saw earlier that David’s recognition of the depth of his sin, his depravity, was evident in his use of the three most common terms for sin in the Old Testament: transgression, sin, and wickedness. So now he acknowledges God’s total and super-abundant mercy and forgiveness with a threefold statement. God lifts away our transgressions, covers our sin and nakedness, and reckons the twisted and crooked sinner right. Oh what joy! What happiness! Oh the splendor and peace and joy of a heart right with God. CONCLUSION Brothers and sisters, I am a practiced sin-hider. I along with all believers, am prone in partic-ular to buy the lie that happiness consists is looking good for the sake of others. Our pride feeds on seeking man’s approval instead of God’s approval, man’s blessing instead of God’s forgiveness. This is the way people live in most churches. As a result, believers who are hiding in the dark are unwilling to come into the light. As one brother has said: “Why is there only grace for the unbeliever--the new convert--and not for the believer, our brother or sister who sins? Why does the church welcome the convert, but shame and cast out the confessing, repentant brother?” I do not want to treat a repentant believer this way, nor do I want our church to.  Join me today in resolving to confess my own sins sincerely and to gladly encourage and forgive others as they do the same. We can follow Jonathan Edwards’ inspiring example and make some heartfelt, prayerful resolutions. 1. In particular, let us resolve first to acknowledge the radical reality of indwelling sin that besets everyone here. We need to remember also that we have an enemy that prowls like a roaring lion seeking to devour us. Therefore, let’s always be on our knees for one another. 2. Let us equally resolve to discover the riches of God’s gospel of undeserved mercy. Let us resolve to know God as he has offered himself in the gospel of His Son and declared his glory – the glory of the one and only from the Father, as the glory full of grace and truth. To know the Lord as he has revealed himself to be: “the LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithful¬ness; maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin [the same three words!]; yet he will by no means leave the guilty [or the deceitful] unpunished” (Ex. 34:6-7). 3. Let us resolve to pay earnest heed to the Lord’s Spirit-driven Word, so it can penetrate like a searchlight to the deepest recesses of our souls to expose, convict, and compel us to turn, believe, uncover, confess, and make amends for our sin. 4. Let us resolve to heed our heavenly Father’s warning against those who would conceal their sin and keep silent. Isaiah says, “Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, ‘Who sees us? Who will know?’” (Is. 29:15) 5. Yet, let us equally embrace and believe his very great and precious promises for those who confess their sin. As Proverbs 28:13 promises, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” 6. Let us resolve to be accountable to one another, not with accusing and self-righteous spirits, but as fellow brothers and sisters who are humble, who extend a word of promise and warning and a hand of help. We can remind one another that: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). Challenge: Just as David needed Nathan, we also need others to help us see the sins in our lives. This week, ask a respected friend to help you identify a stumbling block in your life. On August 10, 1723, at the age of 19, Jonathan Edwards resolved in #68: “Resolved: To confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help.” May that be our own resolution. And may our heavenly Father shower upon us his children the happiness he intends for us when we cease concealing and begin confessing. “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”

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          • The DNA Revolution: Hair Analysis


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            Before DNA testing, prosecutors relied on less sophisticated forensic techniques, including microscopic hair analysis, to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was hair analysis?

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            • Meet the Convictor, the Holy Spirit


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              MEET THE CONVICTOR, THE HOLY SPIRIT John 16:7-11 (ESV) Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. Last week we met the Person, the Holy Spirit. This week we want to meet the Great Persuader. For Christ said that when the Holy Spirit comes He convicts. Other translations use the word ‘convince’. The King James uses ‘reprove’. The Greek word is elégchō, which in its purest sense means to “shame or disgrace”. In the New Testament it carries the idea of “convicting, to prove one in the wrong and thus to shame him”. Thayer takes the idea a little further stating that elégchō means that “by conviction – to bring to the light, to expose”. Christ reveals that the number one responsibility of the Holy Spirit is to Convict, or Persuade the World of Three Things. 1. The Holy Spirit Convicts the World of Sin It is the purpose and delight of the Holy Spirit to bring man to deep sense of their sinfulness before Holy God. He is the One that makes us realize we are sinners and in need of a Savior. He uses shame, he uses sorrow, He uses pain, anything to get us to realize that we are lost in sin, separated from our Holy Creator God. Neither you nor I can convict a person of their sinfulness before God. He uses us, but it is His job! The human heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer 17:9), and it is in this matter of sin that this is proven. Society is all about glossing over “sin”. We do everything we can to either deny the Holiness of God, or deny that sin is sin. We create psychiatric disorders to excuse sin; we preach tolerance to excuse others. If a preacher makes a stand against sin, he is ostracized as a bigot, or a legalist. You go to most churches in America and you will hear every kind of sermon of love, mercy, grace, even practical applications, like how to budget time, how to cope with stress and worry. A. Real Conviction of Sin can only be produced by the Holy Spirit  You can preach and scold and tell sad stories, bring people to tears, but REAL CONVICTION OF SIN CAN ONLY BE PRODUCED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! I AM GOING TO California this Thursday to visit a Pastor friend who has been my best friend since my first year in Bible College. We used to pray together for hours. We used to preach mini-revivals at churches. We were at my home church preaching a weekend revival. Friday night we saw the Lord work and three people got saved and several came forward for other decisions. I was all excited. Saturday I preached and nothing. I was so discouraged afterwards. I thot I was a failure. Don and I were up until three in the morning. He was talking to me, praying for me, encouraging me. But most of all, he was telling me that this is a spiritual battle we are in. We must rely on the Holy Spirit, for it is His responsibility to take the Word of God and convict each one’s heart. I was too focused on myself. I thought it was up to me to say the right thing, preach the right words, tell the sad story to get people to come to Jesus. But no, Don reminded me that it is the Holy Spirit’s job! The next morning I preached, but this time I let the Holy Spirit do the work! The altar was full of people making decisions. Thirteen people accepted Christ; many more dedicated their life to God. I was in tears as I just stood there and watched the Holy Spirit work! If you have ever had a problem with a son or daughter, or even a grandchild, you can nag at them, you can shame them, you can disown them, but you need to realize that it is the Holy Spirit that will convict them of their sin. It is impossible for us in our human strength to convict anyone of sin. In all of our personal work and preaching, we must constantly partner with the Holy Spirit to do the work through us! We must put ourselves at the full disposal of the Holy Spirit for Him to use us as He wills.  Our Responsibility is to Rely on the Holy Spirit to Convict people of Sin When Peter stood up and addressed the crowd in the Temple. He preached a brilliant sermon that resulted in the people being pricked in their hearts. They cried out “What must we do?” If Peter had preached that same sermon just 24 hours earlier, there would have been no such results. The 120 had each been “filled with the Holy Spirit!” If Peter had preached just a day before Pentecost, there would have been no one saved. B. What is the Sin, which the Holy Spirit convicts of? While the Holy Spirit certainly convicts people of their sinfulness before God, the greatest sin which He convicts us of is our unbelief on the Son of God. The word for believe is not a head knowledge, but a belief that is worth trusting your life to, a belief worth committing your trust to. The Jews who heard Peter’s sermon were convicted of their unbelief in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. Acts 2:36 (ESV) Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” When they realized they had crucified God’s Son, they cried out for Salvation. Now we are all upset and bothered when we watch a trial of a mother who may have drowned her baby daughter. We get all angry when we see what a Terrorist does with an airplane or an IED. We shudder with horror when we hear what a pervert does with a kidnapped child. As awful as those sins are, they pale in comparison with this one sin: rejecting Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. Most people do not look at their unbelief in Jesus as sin. They have merely made a choice, like “where are we eating for lunch?” or “which house should we buy?” The Holy Spirit does not look at your unbelief as a bad choice, or an unfortunate situation. NO! The Holy Spirit sees your rejection of God’s eternal Son; your rejection of God’s only provision for your forgiveness and salvation as the most shameful and horrible sin that you can commit! This applies to believers as well.  The Holy Spirit convicts believers when they fail to trust Jesus with a problem in their life, or start going their own way because they refuse to follow Jesus. 2. The Holy Spirit Convicts the World of Righteousness Not our own righteousness, because we have none. He convicts us of the Righteousness of Jesus Christ, attested by His resurrection from the dead and His ascension to His Father. Because Jesus is at the Right Hand of the Father. His resurrection is proof to the Father that His wrath against the sins of mankind has been satisfied. The Holy Spirit can convict us of our need for the righteousness of Jesus Christ because He is with His Father! He convinces us that the only righteousness we can have is that provided to us in Jesus Christ by faith. Dikaiosúnē, righteousness, is thus conformity to the claims of higher authority and stands in opposition to anomía, lawlessness. There are only two things that anyone needs to see in order to be saved or ‘born again’. 1. He needs to see his own sin and his need of salvation. 2. He needs to see the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the righteousness that God provides for us through Jesus Christ. It is the Work of the Holy Spirit to do both of these. "Dr. R.A. Torrey tells of a Scottish minister who stopped one night at an inn. The innkeeper came to him and asked him if he would conduct family worship. He replied that he would if the innkeeper would bring to the worship all the guests in the house and all the servants. This the innkeeper agreed to do. When they were gathered in the big room for the service, the minister turned to the innkeeper and said, "Are all the servants here?" "Yes," replied the innkeeper. "All?" insisted the minister. "Well, not all-all but one. There is one girl who works in the kitchen, washing the pots and kettles, who is so dirty that she is not fit to come to the meeting." The minister replied, "We will not go on with the service until she comes." And he insisted until the innkeeper went for this servant and brought her in. This faithful man of God became greatly interested in this poor, neglected girl, and when the others were leaving the room he asked her if she would not stay for a few minutes. In addition, when everyone had gone, he said to her, "I want to teach you a prayer for you to offer: 'Lord, show me myself.' Will you offer it every day?" She replied that she would. The next day the minister left but in a short time came back again and asked the innkeeper about this girl. The innkeeper replied, "She is spoiled. She is not good at all. She is weeping all the time, weeping day and night and can hardly attend to her work." The minister asked to see her again, and when she came in the minister said, "Now, I want to teach you another prayer: 'Lord, show me Thyself.' Now pray that prayer every day." The Scotch minister left and a few years afterward was preaching one Lord's day in a church in Glasgow. At the close of the service a neat, trim-looking young woman came up to him and said, "Do you recognize me?" He replied, "No, I do not." She said, "Do you recall holding a service in an inn and speaking to one of the servants afterward and teaching her to pray the prayer, 'Lord, show me myself,' and afterward teaching her to pray the other prayer, 'Lord, show me Thyself'?" "Oh, yes," he said, "I remember that." "Well," she said, "I am that girl, and when you taught me that first prayer and went away, I asked God to show me myself. He gave me such a view of my vileness and my sin that I was overwhelmed with grief and could scarcely sleep or work by day for thinking of my sins. Then, when you came back and taught me the second prayer, 'Lord, show me Thyself,' God gave me such a view of Himself, of His love, and of Jesus Christ's dying on the cross for me, that all the burden of my sin rolled away, and I became a happy Christian." 3. The Holy Spirit Convicts the World of Judgment. Jesus judged the prince of this world. Jesus defeated him, and sealed his fate. Because he refused to honor God as God, and exalted himself, and did things his way, his judgment will be eternal torment in the Lake of Fire. Because Jesus judges Satan by his resurrection from the dead, it is certain that all those who do not trust their lives to Jesus Christ, but go their own way, will share in the same judgment as Satan. There has never been a greater need in the history of the church when the world needs to be ‘convicted’ of judgment than today! The average person goes blindly about their business with no thought that there will be a future judgment before almighty God. Most preachers today are afraid to mention the word Hell. Most people believe that there may be some type of eternal punishment for people like Hitler or Jeffrey Dahmer, but very few accept the fact that they could be in the same Hell as those horrible people. When the Holy Spirit is at work, He convicts people that there indeed is a place of judgment, a place of eternal torment for all these who did not believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. I wrestled with this early in my Christian life. After all, it did not seem fair that someone who never even heard of Jesus could spend and eternal judgment in Hell. Or worse yet a devoted Catholic, or Lutheran or Methodist who believed they were sincerely following God, but just did not have a clear understanding of Jesus, would likewise spend eternity in Hell. Worse still, a good Southern Baptist who tithed, prayed, read their Bible, but had been deceived into a false profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Then I saw a glimpse of what God really thinks when He condemns someone to an eternity in Hell. Imagine that you are condemned to die in the electric chair because of some heinous crime you committed. It could be the most horrible crime you could imagine. There is no question of your guilt. You did it and you were glad you did it. There was no remorse on your part. No apology to the parents or relatives, only a sneer and a boast of what you did. I knew you when we were growing up. You were a great friend to me, and I feel an obligation to you. Now I have a young eleven-year-old son. I do something totally crazy, and go to the judge. I say judge, I realize this crime must be paid for and that punishment is death. I want to offer my son to die in the place of my friend. The judge looks at me as if I am the craziest person in the world. He searches his law books, and discovers that what I am proposing is acceptable in the eyes of the law. He tries to talk me out of it, but I insist. So they take my son away, and on the appointed day, they lead me into a room, pull back the curtains, and I see them shaving my sons head. I watch as they put the electrodes on his arms and chest. I watch as they put that metal cap on his head. Then I watch as the warden throws the switch and 10000 volts of electricity shoot through my son. I watch in horror as he spasms, jerks, and foams at the mouth. I hear him cry out, and then his head lowers and he exhales his last breath. I run to the cell where my childhood friend is waiting, and I say, “You’re free, you’re free, my son has died in your place”. Instead of reaching for me in gratefulness, he slaps my face and says, “I don’t need your son!” I can get out of this place on my own! Or maybe he says “I didn’t know you were doing that! You didn’t need to do that! I am ok in here. There is nothing wrong with me. God gave His only begotten son to the horrible death of the cross. God watch as His son was crucified, He heard every gasping breath, He watched as His Son drank every last drop of God’s wrath upon sin. Do you think His judgment will not fall on anyone who has not depended totally upon Jesus Christ for his salvation? Ignorance will be no excuse, for ignorance of Christ is the same as ignorance of your sinfulness before God. Ignorance of judgment is because you have refused the Holy Spirit convicting you of your sinfulness. Like Abraham declared to the rich man in Hades: Luke 16:31 (ESV) He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ” There is a coming Judgment. There is an appointment with the fire of Hell for all those who die in their sins. They failed to hear the Holy Spirit convicting them of their sinfulness and their need for a Savior! 4. The Holy Spirit Convicts the World Only Through Believers in Jesus Christ Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is not our work but His. But He does not work by Himself. He works through us! Jesus said, “When He comes” – talking of when He comes into a Believer. The Holy Spirit works through the Word of God and through those who deliver the message of the Word of God! Every conversion in the Book of Acts was as the result of human instrumentality joined with the Holy Spirit. An angel appeared to Cornelius, but told him to go find Peter on the street called straight Jesus Himself appeared to Paul, but it took a certain man Ananias to come to him. As far as we can tell, the Holy Spirit works in partnership with Human messengers. My daughter witnessed a horrible accident yesterday at the Air Show. “The Beast” piloted by crashed in front of hundreds of spectators. Imagine the Pastor who is contacted by his parents or wife or girlfriend. He asks was ___________ a Christian? His parents might reply, well he was a good boy, but he was so busy flying he never got to church much. We always meant to ask him about it, but never got around to it. 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