Romans 1:18 WEL For God's wrath is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
How do people suppress the truth?
This is done by burying the truth. Covering up truth. Ignoring truth. Lying about the truth.
We see this being done in evil churches, evil pastors, evil people.
Instead of facing the truth, confessing the truth, dealing with the truth, it is buried.
Look carefully in the bowl of seeds. Do you see the red marble?
How about this one? Look carefully, very carefully. Do you see it?
It is buried in the seeds.
Suppressing truth in unrighteousness; buried marble in the seeds.
John 3:19-21 WEL "This is [the reason for] the judgment, because light is come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light, because their actions were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and doesn’t come to the light, so that his actions may be discovered and reproved [discovered and reproved is one word in Greek]. But the one who does the truth comes to the light, so that his actions may be plainly seen that they are done for God."
1 John 1:7-10 WEL But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we keep on confessing our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Let us confess our sins instead of burying them, covering them up, or lying.
Evil people hide their sins and when they are exposed, do anything to cover it up. This is why domestic abuse and sexual molestation is so evil, because pastors, churches, groups, politicians, and people do not want to admit the truth.
Whatever sin there is, God knows about it.
Let us do what is right and confess our sin.
All sin is against God, so we must confess sin and ask forgiveness from Him.
If we sin against one, we confess and ask forgiveness of God and that person.
If we sin against more or publicly, we confess and ask forgiveness from God and that group.
If we truly are sorry, we will not do it again.
King David raped Bathsheba and had her husband murdered. When confronted by Nathan, the prophet, he confessed and asked forgiveness, which was granted. He never did these things again. See 2 Samuel 12 and Psalm 51.
King Manasseh was very wicked. God had the king of Assyria captains capture Manasseh, brought him to Babylon, and throw him in prison. He repented, was restored in Israel, and showed his repentance by worshiping only Yahweh. See 2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33.
Peter denied the Lord Jesus. After the Lord looked at him, Peter repented, did not hide his sin, and wept, but never did it again. See Mark 14 and Luke 22.
Let us learn and do.