A Challenging and Bold Effort – The Sin of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is one of those things that a lot of people find it difficult to do when one has been wronged or sinned in life based on the secular world common belief. According to the author, Edward F. Mrkvicka, Jr., forgiveness is considered a sin if not followed according to God’s word in the Bible. The author, Edward F. Mrkvicka, is a lay minister/counselor and lifelong Bible student. “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.” – Luke 17:3 Mr. Mrkvicka states God’s word in the Bible says we should not forgive someone unless they repent for their sin first. If we forgive them before they repent, we become a facilitator of the sin. Christ will forgive those believers who repent their sins and are able to stop their willful disobedience. Godly forgiveness saves the sinner and makes the one who was sinned against whole again. Sometimes God’s word can be a hindrance when it comes to our earthly desires, but if we make the mistake of avoiding the truth it will ultimately harm us and cost us eternity in Heaven with our Lord and Savior.
The secular world believes people should be given forgiveness no matter what the circumstances are, but Christians forgive those who choose to repent. As Christians, we must follow God’s word according to the Bible for the truth, no matter what the secular world wants you to believe. Satan is a good deceiver and can make people in our society believe falsehoods at every whim. The secular world has been taught that all we have to do is say “I’m sorry” when we have done wrong in the world and then everyone can go about their business as usual. The problem is most people do not fully grasp the true meaning and purpose of forgiveness. People are often misunderstood or misinformed due to all the lies reported by the secular world rather than the truth of God’s word. This is not the way God intended for us to pay the price for when we have sinned in our temporary life here on Earth. Jesus Christ faced crucifixion and an Earthly death to wash away our sins. He paid the ultimate price for all our sins because He loves us so much and wants us to spend eternity with Him. The secular world has taught us that once we are saved, we will all go to Heaven and spend eternity with Him, but that is not what God’s word says in the Bible. The enemy is good at changing the rules and lowering the standards when it comes to manipulating us into believing a bunch of lies. The devil makes people think God is cruel because he allows bad things to happen, but Christians know Satan is the only one responsible for all the evil in the world. “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44 The worldly view concludes that repentance is rejected by society since it holds no relation to forgiveness. Consequently, the secular world wants you to believe there will be no consequences for our wrongdoings, since they say to forgive ourselves but not the one who sinned against us.
One day when it is our time to leave this temporary life, we will all be judged by God according to our good works on judgment day. It is imperative we all know the biblical truth today because it could be a matter of where we spend eternity – heaven or hell. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” – Matthew 7:13 The author pleads with the reader not to believe anyone when it comes to our faith since we should only rely on God’s word in the Bible for the truth. God does not tolerate disobedience and gives us all free will to either accept or deny His word. When the day comes that we stand before God, we will be judged for what we do instead of what we say. Christians are at a variance with the secular world because they go to God’s word for the truth rather than the propaganda the secular world is being persuaded to believe today. Today, we live in a fallen world where repentance is considered a sin while sin is viewed as a virtue.
In conclusion, I found this book helped give me a different perspective on the subject of forgiveness (how to forgive and how to be forgiven) in the way it is viewed by Christians versus the secular world. Christians take forgiveness much more seriously due to their faith and relationship with God than non-believers because they know it comes down to an eternal life in Heaven. I am unable to offer an objective and positive recommendation as I am not sold on all the facts noted in the book. Forgiveness is key to a Christian’s healing process and will only result in more turmoil if a person waits until they have confirmation that the person who sinned has repented before we forgive the person. It is important for the reader to have an open mind when reading this book because some people will have adverse views about this book based on their bible teachings and religious views. Others will find this book to be a challenge because it lacks an overall balance to give the reader a clear view of everything the author is trying to interpret to the reader. I would like to encourage others to read this book and come to their own conclusion if you find the subject of forgiveness an intriguing read. We have a choice in how we choose to comply with the act of forgiveness in our life that can either make or break our eternal salvation. Mr. Mrkvicka provided some excellent research in the book and quoted God’s word verbatim as quoted in the Bible throughout the book to share the truth with the reader. We can pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us in learning the truth when we read the Bible. This author was right on target when he stated we should only look to God’s word for the truth in scripture and our faith and never rely on anyone else. The questions submitted by former readers in the question and answer section in addition to the candid and biblical feedback is to be commended, since I found it to be a good overview of the important truths cited from the previous chapters in the book. As I was reading this book filled with scripture, I was reminded of how important it is that every Christian study God’s word faithfully in order to have a close relationship with God and gain the truth in how He expects us to live our life to carry out His plan. We must rely on the word of God to be obedient to Him and live our life in a way that glorifies Him.
A special thank you to Crosslink Publishing and Cross Focused Reviews for providing me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.