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Can We Cover Someones Sins

I was asked to explain these verses; James 5:19-20 " Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." Can we cover sins?

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"..he which converteth the sinner from the error.."
Converteth: -to return back, to turn to oneself, to turn oneself back-(about).

The "sinner" turned around, and is rescued.
"Intervention". You help them get over it, get around it, get through it, get by it. It doesn't mean you are taking God's job. You are doing the work of God which is about people getting it right. ".. This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
---jhonny on 1/19/07


#2 of 3 ".. This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
One may say, all I have to do is believe on Christ.

So why bother trying to correct someones thinking/behaviour to get over their problems. Joh 15:17 "These things I command you, that ye love one another." YOU ARE THE WORK OF GOD. Believe what he said to do. Not to squander your life on strangers and not to cloister with only your own clique.
---jhonny on 1/19/07


We are the "work of God". The called, disciples, saints, etc. So why bother with a "SINNER". Sometimes they're part of your own family. Sometimes it is you.
---jhonny on 1/19/07


William - Only the Lord Jesus Christ in His death on the Cross for sin atones for sin. You cannot atone for your sins, that is physically and spiritually impossible.
---Helen_5378 on 1/19/07


Some blogs refer to spiritual death and physical death. osas does not accept spiritual death for itself. So all death references are outside of eternal security. So death would be physical. Can the error of one's way result in spiritual death? or is it just an unhealthy practice of error resulting in physical death.
---jhonny on 1/19/07




Mima

go online and pull up henrys commentary on the new testment.
---willow on 1/18/07


No! one must atone for their own sins.
---william on 1/18/07


Lisa I have seen some amazing results of people not speaking directly to another person but rather taking that person before Almighty God in prayer. Consistent open prayer to God about a specific person. So perhaps we should give prayer an opportunity to work without confrontation or correction by us to the other person.
---Mima on 1/18/07


i believe if you give that person an advice u are actually helping him/her so that he can remain in the way of God and by "hidding multidute of sins" it means that, that persons would not be able commit more sins but all in all God has set us here on earth so that we can help and encourage each other in this holy walk with him.God bless u
---sebaga on 1/18/07


Lisa I have seen some amazing results of people not speaking directly to another person but rather taking that person before Almighty God in prayer. Consistent open prayer to God about a specific person. So perhaps we should give prayer an opportunity to work without confrontation or correction by us to the other person.
---Mima on 1/18/07




ONLY Christ can cover sins in His blood. We can speak the TRUTH to someone, which will help that person to see their sins like God sees them.
---Leslie on 1/17/07


Mima
If what you do converts a sinner from the error of his way, you have play a roll in hiding a multitude of sin. The roll you have played is being obedient and giving your will to the Lord so he can convert a sinner, save a soul and hide a multitude of sin. But you yourself have not covered the sin; for all glory goes to God.
---ShawnM.T on 1/17/07


I think this has to do with helping save and protect someone's reputation rather than loudly screaming to the world in general his faults and sins.

Rather than telling the world someone's moral failures (especially if they are private), admonish him privately.

Tie this in with what James says earlier about "bridling" one's tongue.
---Jack on 1/17/07


If you are instrumental in seeing someone repent and be saved, you are, in a sense responsible for their sin being hidden.

You did not hide their sin but helped them to the place of repentence where their sin may be hidden in God's "sea of forgetfulness." Mica 7:19
---Bruce5656 on 1/17/07


It is the Blood of Jesus that covers sins.
---Helen_5378 on 1/17/07


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