by James Merritt

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Did You Know...You Can Be Forgiven for Anything? (1 of 4)
Series: Did You Know
James Merritt
I John 1:8-10


1. OK, let's see how you did on that last question:
3. Who would be considered the most evil dictator of the last century?
a) Saddam Hussein
b) Adolph Hitler
c) Ivan the Terrible
d) Joseph Stalin
And the answer is... d) Joseph Stalin

2. Many people would think Adolph Hitler to be the answer with the horrific actions committed against Jews, but the truth is Joseph Stalin was responsible for over 30 million deaths beginning in the 1930's as the Soviet Union massacred 8 million in the Ukrainian Holocaust and then proceeded to ravage his own country on what is now known as "Stalin's Red Terror."
Unforgivable – right? That's what these people would say... (Show Video)

Lying, stealing, cheating, murder, crimes against a child – many people think these are unforgivable. But, "Did You Know You Can Be Forgiven For Anything?"

3. I know some of you are saying, "No way" and you think about someone like a Joseph Stalin or a Saddam Hussein or an Adolph Hitler and you say to yourself, "No way could that person be forgiven for what they did." I want to show you that you can be forgiven if you meet three conditions.

I. Acknowledge The Fact Of Your Sin

1. John twice in this passage relates to people who try to deny the reality of sin. He says in verse 8,
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves." (I John 1:8, NIV)
He says again in verse 10,
"If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar." (I John 1:10, NIV)
One of the greatest reasons why this world is filled with unforgiven people is because this world is filled with people who will not even acknowledge the fact of their sin. Do you believe Hitler thought he was sinning against the Jews? Do you believe Stalin thought he was sinning against his own people? The very concept of sin itself has become a forbidden word even in m ...

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