You’re being honest with God. There is nothing like that. You’re being honest. You’re agreeing with them. You’re telling the truth about your whole deal. You’re being honest with others, “Here I am, warts and all, tax, title, and license, here’s my mechanism.” Yeah, I am made of cheap veneer. Those are fake diamonds. The whole thing is fake. And church is a place where we have to take our masks off. Church is a place for imperfect people.
This is the perfect place for imperfect people. I’m not perfect, nor are you. And so often the devil will go, “Don’t share your junk with others. Don’t share what you’re dealing with with these encouraging empathizers because they’re going to laugh at you, they’re going to trash you, and they’re going to say, ‘I can’t believe you’re dealing with that.’ ”
Well, that’s a lie. Just call the devil what he is. He’s a liar. He’s the father of lies. Whenever I share what I’m struggling with with my encouraging empathizers; whenever I share my secrets and stuff that I think, “Oh man, they would freak if they knew I was dealing with that because I’m a pastor.” Whenever I do that, I get encouragement. I get support. I get prayers. I get help. I don’t get lashed. See, it’s a lie.
So we cover up and God will, I’m telling you, uncover it one day. So don’t mess around with that. You go ahead and uncover, and what you uncover God will cover with his forgiveness and grace and mercy. “Ed, you don’t realize what I’ve done, brother. You don’t know.” And you know what? I don’t. You’re exactly right. I don’t know what you’ve done.