No Cloak for Sin!
Remember the first vampire movies, when they actually hunted the vamps instead of marrying them? Bela Lugosi played Count Dracula and, as this clip shows[i], whenever someone would pull out a cross, he would hide behind his cloak, turn into a bat, and make his escape from behind his cape! You do know that was just a movie and there really aren’t any eternal, blood-sucking, Transylvanian vampires but the Devil has fabricated for us several fictitious cloaks for our sins. However, none of them really work either! They are just diabolical delusions from the devil, to deceive us into believing we can hide our sins from God and make our escape from behind the cape!
1 Thessalonians 2:5, “For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness: God is witness:”
The devilish Cloak of Covetousness will not hide our economic sins from God! We can hide not paying our tithe to the people but the Cloak of Covetousness is a cosmetic cape that God sees right through!
1 Peter 2:15, 16, “For so is the will of god, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: AS free and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as servants of God.”
The devil’s Cloak of Maliciousness will never hide our hypocrisies from the eyes of God! Sometimes we can hide our hypocrisies from the people but there is no cloak or cape, covering, camouflage, closet, smokescreen, or excuse that will hide our sin from Him!
The devil’s pushers are peddling these cosmetic cloaks like crazy and Christians are buying them! “Hey, get your cloak for sin here! Good for all kinds of sins, vices and crimes! Guaranteed to hide your hide from the all-seeing eye of God! Sell your soul today for our new one-piece reversible! It’s guaranteed to work in daylight or dark for those whose deeds are evil!”
Don’t you believe it! Throw away that cloak! It won’t work anyway! Cast off the dirty thing and come to an altar of repentance!
[i] This sermon was originally preached in 1988 so the first part of this blog is my writing, not my dad’s. I used to pretend I was preaching this sermon when I was a kid, playing church with my cousin. I remember standing on a box and pointing my finger at her and shouting, “There is No Cloak for Sin!” Lol!