The Sin Of Silence by James Merritt

"THE SIN OF SILENCE"
1JOHN 1:9
DR. JAMES MERRITT
12-3-00
INTRODUCTION

1. "YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN
AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU IN A COURT OF LAW. YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE WILL
BE PROVIDED FOR YOU. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THESE RIGHTS?"

2. IF YOU'VE EVER SEEN A TV SHOW, OR A MOVIE, OR IF YOU'VE
UNFORTUNATELY BEEN ARRESTED, YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH WHAT IS KNOWN
AS THE MIRANDA WARNING. NOW WHERE DOES THIS WARNING COME FROM?
WELL, MANY BELIEVE IT'S NOT FROM THE CONSTITUTION OR COMMON LAW,
BUT IT WAS SIMPLY A PRODUCT OF THE SUPREME COURT'S FERTILE
IMAGINATION. BUT BE THAT AS IT MAY, IT IS THE LAW AND IT'S A LAW
THAT SAYS YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.

3. IRONICALLY, ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF THE MIRANDA OPINION WAS
ERNESTO MIRANDA HIMSELF. THIS RAPIST, WHOSE CONVICTION WAS
OVERTURNED BY THAT FAMOUS SUPREME COURT CASE, WAS STABBED TO
DEATH IN 1976 IN A PHOENIX BAR, AND THE COPS ARRESTED A SUSPECT
IN THE KILLING. HE WANTED TO CONFESS, BUT AFTER BEING READ HIS
MIRANDA RIGHTS, HE REFUSED TO TALK, AND HE WAS NEVER CONVICTED.

4. WELL, I BELIEVE THE MIRANDA WARNING NOT ONLY VIOLATES THE
CONSTITUTION, BUT I KNOW THAT IT VIOLATES SPIRITUAL LAW.
BECAUSE THE BIBLE MAKES IT PLAIN THAT "CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE
SOUL." ONE OF THESE DAYS WE ARE ALL GOING TO FIND OUT THAT
SOONER OR LATER WE WILL ALL HAVE TO CONFESS OUR SINS. WE CAN DO
IT NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, OR LATER WHEN IT IS. BUT EITHER WAY
SINS HAVE A WAY OF COMING OUT.

5. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF A COUPLE NAMED HARRY AND SALLY WHO MET
AND FELL IN LOVE, AND EVEN THOUGH THEY WANTED TO MARRY THEY EACH
HELD A DARK SECRET THAT THEY WERE AFRAID TO SHARE WITH EACH OTHER.
SALLY HAD A TERRIBLE CASE OF BAD BREATH AND SHE ALWAYS KEPT MINTS
AND MOUTHWASH ON HAND, AND SHE WAS CAREFUL TO KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT
WHEN SHE WAS CLOSE TO HIM. ON THE OTHER HAND, HARRY HAD A BAD
CASE OF SMELLY FEET. HE NEVER TOOK HIS SHOES OFF IN PUBLIC AND
HE FEARED WHAT WOULD HAPPEN ONCE HE GOT MARRIED.

6. WELL, ALTHOUGH SALLY AND HARRY WERE ANXIOUS TO GET MARRIED,
NEITHER ONE COULD BRING THEMSELVES TO TELL THE OTHER ONE OF THEIR
TRAGIC SECRET. BUT FINALLY THEY MARRIED AND HEADED OFF FOR THE
HONEYMOON. THAT EVENING IN THEIR HOTEL ROOM THEY BEGAN TO UNPACK
AND DRESS FOR BED.

7. HARRY, AT THE LAST MINUTE, RAN INTO ONE BATHROOM AND
VIGOROUSLY SCRUBBED HIS FEET. SALLY RAN TO THE OTHER BATHROOM
AND VIGOROUSLY BRUSHED HER TEETH. THEY CAME BACK AND SAT ON THE
EDGE OF THE BED AND REALIZING SHE COULD FINALLY HOLD IT IN NO
LONGER, AND KNOWING SHE WOULD HAVE TO TELL HIM OF HER TERRIBLE
SECRET, SHE SLID OVER VERY CLOSE TO HIM AND SAID TO HIM, "HARRY,
I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE." HE SAID, "SALLY, I KNOW WHAT IT
IS, YOU'VE EATEN MY SOCKS."

8. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, WE ALL HAVE FAULTS AND WE ALL
SIN. JOHN SAID IN 1 JOHN 1:10, "IF WE S ...


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