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The Sin That Nobody Confesses As Sin (11 of 11)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Ken D. Trivette
1. D.L. Moody speaking on covetousness said, "Whoever heard it confessed as sin? I have heard many confessions, in public and private, during the past 40 years, but never have I heard a man confess that he was guilty of this sin." Another minister said, "Among all the prayers in prayer meeting and deep confessions of sin in times of searching, I have never once heard the sin of covetousness acknowledged." One preacher preaching on covetousness entitled his sermon, The Sin We Never Admit.
2. The tenth and final commandment declares, "Thou shalt not covet." It seems that no one will admit that they have been guilty of breaking this particular commandment. Covetousness seems to be a sin that nobody confesses as sin. It does not appear that anybody is ever guilty of breaking this commandment. Yet, this commandment is broken as often if not more than all the other commandments. Covetousness may not be confessed but that does not mean it is not committed.
3. Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street with his two sons, both of who were crying. "What's the matter with your boys?" asked a passerby. Exactly what's wrong with the whole world," said Lincoln. "I have three walnuts, and each boy wants two." It is a sin that no one confesses yet a sin of which the whole world is guilty.
4. Claudian said, "The man who covets is always poor." A Malay proverb says, "Give him the leg and he will want the thigh also."
5. Covetousness has been the poison of many a life. On the night of November 16, 1930, Mrs. Henrietta Garret, a lonely 81 year old widow died in her home in Philadelphia, and, unwillingly, started the most fantastic case of inheritance litigation in history. She had failed to leave a will, or no will was found to her $17,000,000 estate; a mystery still unsolved. She had expertly handled her financial affairs since her husbands death in 1895 and therefore many felt that she must have realized that without an will, her fortune would become involved in legal battles.
6. Although, Mrs. Garret, at the time of her death, had only one known relative, a second cousin, and less than a dozen friends; attempts to prove relationship to her and claim a part of her estate was made by more than 26,000 persons from 47 states and 29 foreign countries, represented by more than 3,000 lawyers. In their efforts to obtain her estate, there were those that committed perjury, faked family records, changed their own names, altered data in Family Bibles and concocted absurd tales of illegitimacy. As result, 12 were confined, 10 received jail sentences, 2 committed suicide, and 3 were murdered. I wonder how many would have admitted they were guilty of covetousness?
7. D.L. Moody said, "The greatest dupe the devil has in this world is the hypocrite; but the next greatest is the covetous man." Another writing of ...
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