You say Tomato…

Still a lot of discussion across the internet amongst Evangelicals in regard to plagiarism. Here is my two cents.

What was the sin of Ananias and Sapphira? They sold a piece of property and donated a portion of the proceeds to the church, representing it as ALL of the proceeds of the transaction. How did the Holy Spirit react to their misrepresentation? Rather harshly, right? When you steal someone else’s work and misrepresent it as your own, modern society calls it plagiarism. Scripture might call it Lying. What about “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” is unclear in any way? Who is the plagiarist lying to? His publisher?, his readers?, God? What about “He who knows to do right and does it not, to him it is sin.” Any way you want to look at this issue..sin is involved. We human beings LOVE to rationalize our lies, misrepresentations, characterizations, telling less than the whole truth, because WE think it benefits us in some way. How many sins can we count? Selfishness? Lying?, Failing to do right when we know what to do? Pride? I am sure the list can go on and on. Grace is a wonderful gift from God. My belief is that Grace is designed to protect us from UN-intentional sin. Sins of ignorance. Is deliberate deception UN-intentional? Or is repentance required? To be clear, repentance is required either way when it is brought to our attention, whether by the Holy Spirit, or a talk show host. Sin is Sin. Public sin requires public repentance.