What Is “Iniquity”?
comes under the category of the word called - “SIN.” The word “SIN” is the
general term for the transgression of the law. Of course, sin begins in the
mind. Iniquity is found in the mind also. The transgression of the law takes
place in the mind.
To steal is sin. To tell lies is
sin. To worship an idol is sin. To covet is sin. To commit adultery is sin. To
break the law is sin.
Iniquity is sin also. Though adultery is sin, however, it is not iniquity.
So, what is iniquity?
To be more specific, iniquity
is the sin that refers to “the truth twisted in a subtle way for a deceptive
purpose for one’s benefit.” It is found in the mind of a person where no
one sees it, except God alone. It is the evil MOTIVE within a person. No one
sees the heart/mind. No one understands the Motive of an action to deceive for
an evil purpose for one's benefit.
The evil thoughts in the mind of a
person, the selfish MOTIVE is the sin called “iniquity.” Though no one may see the
twisted truth in a person’s mind for a person's self benefit, yet God sees the
iniquity. God can read the evil selfish motive in the mind.
The evil motive cannot escape God's judgement. Others may not know the real motive,
but God sees it.
the Bible uses the word, “the heart” interchangeably with the word, “the mind.”
Iniquity Committed By Lucifer
The first mention of the word
“iniquity” is in Ezekiel 28:15 referring to Lucifer, “But thou was perfect from
the day that thou was created, till iniquity
was found in thee.”
Iniquity which is sin, was found in
Lucifer’s heart/mind in heaven while he was a perfect being with a sinless
nature. Lucifer tried to deceive the angels in heaven by the false plot he made
against Christ, and none of the angels knew the deception of his motives.
No one knew his MOTIVES. But God alone saw the evil thoughts in
Lucifer’s mind, the evil MOTIVES.The truth was twisted for an evil purpose to
benefit a person, and in this case, it is Lucifer.
Iniquity Committed By King David
What was King David’s iniquity? King
David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. Please note
that adultery was not the iniquity. Even though adultery is sin, but it is
not the iniquity in this context.
King David deceived his fellow servant Uriah
by trying to make him drunk first and then sends him to his home to sleep his
own wife, Bathsheba. This was done by King David to cover up his adultery with
Bathsheba because she may be pregnant. That will become an excuse that it was
Uriah's child. And of course, she was pregnant by King David. It was an
evil plan intended for a cover up of the truth. This is iniquity and
it is sin. Evil Motives for a cover up.
But Uriah did not go back to his
home. Then King David sent Uriah back to the battle field carrying a letter to
the Army Commander, Joab to put him in the front line to be killed – 2 Samuel
11. King David committed INIQUITY with the intention to deceive Uriah and
the public. Nine months later, the prophet Nathan visited King David,
and revealed his iniquity.
King David in his genuine repentance
recorded in Psalms 51:2 he says, “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and
cleanse me from my sin.” The Israelite King then acknowledges his deceptive
plan for his own benefit could not escape God's all seeing eyes. The law of God
condemns him to eternal death. With a remorseful heart, he genuinely
repented and received salvation again. Had he never genuinely repented, he
would have been eternally lost if he died.
A CAUTION TO US:
Iniquity is not the
fallen sinful nature we inherited from Adam and Eve. The fallen sinful nature
is the result of their sin. Therefore, the fallen sinful nature is not sinful
nor evil. But “iniquity” is sinful; it is evil.
Many have tried to equate the fallen sinful nature
with iniquity. By doing so, they have justified the fallen sinful nature to
be sinful and evil. So, they say, we are born sinful and evil. Then, they give an excuse for unintentional sins by saying those are the sins caused by the fallen sinful nature, and we will not be judged for committing them.What a good excuse for someone to continue sinning.
Please don't buy the lie of such false doctrines.