The Guilt Trap
Would you take God's word now, and look in Zechariah Chapter three, Zechariah Chapter three. Last week we talked to you about the blame game. Everything I do wrong is somebody else's fault, we like to say. And we don't want to accept the responsibility for what we've done. But every road has two ditches. And the devil doesn't care which ditch, on the right hand or the left hand, that you drive off into as long as you stay off God's highway of holiness. So on one side of that road is the blame game, on the other side of that road is the guilt trap. And that's what I want to talk to you about today, The Guilt Trap, because there are certain individuals who don't play the game, the blame game. They're not shoving the blame off on other people. These people are caught in a trap that I want to call the guilt trap. They're haunted by the ghost of guilt. There's a legend that says after Pontius Pilot had adjudicated Jesus Christ worthy of crucifixion, tried to wash his lily-white politician's hands in a basin. Then he went back to Rome to report to the Empire what he had done. And then he went to Switzerland, just outside what is now called Lucern, went up to a tall mountain. And there filled with grief and remorse and guilt, jumped from that mountain to his death. You go to Lucern today, you can visit that mountain, it's called Mount Pilotus. Named for Pilot. And the legend says, that up there on that mountain top, if you listen, you can hear the ghost of Pilot, moaning and groaning and trying to wash his hands from the guilt of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Now, Mount Pilotus is a very real mountain, but that's a legend. Whether he committed suicide there I know not. I doubt very seriously that there is any ghost of Pilot that is there. But I'll tell you this much. There are many in this congregation today, and many of those of you who are listening to me where ever you may be, who are haunted by another ghost, tha ...
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