By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
Adam and Eve were given the perfect opportunity to enjoy life without sin. God gave them the perfect place to live. He gave them an atmosphere where there was no pressure to do wrong. On top of this, God came every day to walk with them in the garden to have a time of fellowship with each other.
However, something changed in the garden when another voice entered their presence. This voice that entered their presence was not a voice they had heard before, yet they listened to this voice, a voice that had done nothing for them. It was this other voice that tempted them, and they yielded to the temptation and ate of the fruit God told them not to eat, which resulted in the first sin.
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What is interesting is that God didn’t have to tell them they did wrong; their conscience told them they did wrong. As soon as Adam and Eve did wrong, they knew they were naked and tried to cover it up. What is it that told them they did wrong? What told them they did wrong was their conscience. This is why God asked them, “Who told thee that thou was naked?” My friend, the lessons about sin that we learn from Adam and Eve’s sin should be a warning sign. Let me share these lessons with you.
First, everybody is capable of sin. If Adam and Eve were capable of sinning, you are capable of sin. It doesn’t matter how good you are or what you have done for God; you are capable of sin and must always be on guard against it.
Second, sin always causes you to live in fear and doubt. Why was Adam afraid to talk to God? The reason he was afraid is because sin caused the fear. Sin always brings question and fear into your life when God wants you to live in confidence and faith.
Third, sin always causes you to avoid the spiritual authorities in your life. Adam and Eve were running from God instead of running to Him because their sin made them ashamed to be in His presence. When you find yourself avoiding the spiritual authorities in your life, you ought to check what sin is causing you to run from them. One of the greatest warning signs in your life that ought to tell you something is wrong is when you avoid your pastor, church or church friends because of what you are doing.
Fourth, sin always gives you excuses as to why you did it. Sin always provides excuses, but that doesn’t justify your sin. Adam blamed Eve for his sin, and she blamed the serpent for her sin when, in reality, they were the cause of their own sin. You will never stop your sin until you stop giving excuses as to why you are doing it. You sin because you choose to sin!
Fifth, your conscience tells you that you are wrong without anyone having to tell you. The amazing thing is that nobody has to tell you that you have done wrong because your own conscience tells you. Yes, the preacher will preach against your sin, but you already know what you are doing is wrong. Nobody has to say a thing about your sin because you already know you are doing wrong.
The answer to ending the sin problem is to reconcile yourself to God. Stop rebelling against the Holy Spirit and confess your sin to God. God is ready and willing to forgive and cleanse you if you will come back to Him.
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Bro. Domelle started traveling as a full-time evangelist in 1990. Throughout the years of being an evangelist, God allowed him to preach in 49 of the 50 states and several foreign countries, see thousands of people saved, and thousands of decisions made by believers in those meetings.
On April 15, 2018, Bro. Domelle took the pastorate at Maranatha Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. He continues to travel and hold meetings while pastoring a growing church. Bro. Domelle also co-founded the Old Paths Conference which is a Baptist conference that strongly promotes the old-time ways. He has authored several books, and is the founder and editor of the Old Paths Journal.
Bro. Domelle believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to win people to Christ. He personally wins many people to Christ each year. He has also seen several men saved under his ministry who have been called to preach and are now pastoring here in the States or serving as missionaries on foreign fields.
Bro. Domelle and his wife, Sandy, have been happily married since 1994. They have one daughter, Caitlyn.