By Bud Ahlheim - Posted at Pulpit & Pen:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,Relief. It’s perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when the Holy Spirit has raised a dead soul to life in the miracle of regeneration. We are, as a result of no act of our own, forgiven our sins by an utterly righteous, exceedingly holy, and supremely sovereign God. When we apprehend the Gospel and the glorious implication of Christ’s righteousness imputed to us for eternity, though sin will still taunt and we shall still falter, the relief over the intentional forgetfulness of God for our now forgiven sin is to apprehend something of His magnificent grace.
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12
David captured this truth in his “Bless The Lord, O My Soul” Psalm cited above. The truth is given by the Lord Himself through the prophet Isaiah, “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43:25) King Hezekiah, earlier in the book of Isaiah, acknowledged this truth of God, “for you have cast all my sins behind your back.” (Isaiah 38:17). Micah, too, would point the faithful to that time when God “will have again compassion on us” and would “tread our iniquities underfoot” and “cast all our sins into the sea.” (Micah 7:19)
But the Biblical truth of God’s eternal forgiveness and forgetfulness seems not to be a Christian trait honored by the falsely-called “church” of Hillsong. In fact, where God forgives and forgets, Hillsong allegedly records and retains. It apparently keeps a database of sins.