“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10. Since news broke of acclaimed Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein’s multiple sexual assault allegations (over 80) which span over decades, there has been a torrent of alleged victims coming forward to report incidents of sexual misconduct (assault and/or harassment) that they suffered at the hands of celebrities, many of which date back decades. Seemingly, the more women that come forward, other individuals who have experienced similar assaults are emboldened and empowered to come forward and pull the veil off of these influential sexual predators and their dark secrets. Here is a non-comprehensive list of high-profile figures who have been accused, in what the media has dubbed the “Weinstein ripple effect: Kevin Spacey, George H.W. Bush, Louis C.K., John Besh, Roy Moore, Mark Halperin, Dustin Hoffman, Matt Zimmerman, Sen. Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Ben Afflek and James Toback. From respected journalists, to Hollywood producers, actors and politicians, individuals from all walks of life are being exposed for their private crimes and indecencies that they thought they could keep hidden. There is a reason why this is all coming to an ugly head now more than ever before. The Lord is trying to turn man’s attention to the judgment, and the solemn reality that the period allotted for human probation is about to close, wherein every secret thought, deed or motive individuals will have to give an account for. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil,” Ecclesiastes 12:13 and 14.
In the wake of the recent landslide of complaints and lawsuits, an article by USA Today asks the questions: “Why now? Why did the Weinstein case start a landslide of sexual harassment accusations and admissions, when those of other famous men -- Clarence Thomas, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump -- did not?” The author attempts to answer these questions by providing several factors that contributed to the flurry of accusations. Whatever those factors may be, these incidences should be reminders that individuals can only hide the truth and conceal their secret vices for so long, especially when other people have been violated and damaged.
Sadly, many individuals have nearly perfected the “art” of covering their private lives of moral depravity; while in public portraying a blameless and respectable persona, comforting themselves that their fame, acclaim and earthly achievements can somehow protect their dirty secrets. However, this is not the case. The Bible is clear in Luke 12:2 and 3, that “there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” Not only does this scripture point to the time wherein the secret sins of individuals will be uncovered before God in the judgment, but even on earth, God will allow those things to be exposed. God does not allow this to humiliate individuals, but to save them from continuing in their downward march to perdition and to save others from suffering at their hands; many times, public exposure is a last resort. Many simply refrain from certain behaviors just because of the public shame of having those practices revealed. Let each one ever be mindful that even if their private sins have not come to light by human eyes, they are open before God, and they will have to answer to Him and reap the bitter consequences that they have sown. “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5.
Let these solemn words penetrate our hearts “God sees the sinner. The eye which never slumbers knows everything that is done. It is written in His book. One may conceal his sin from father, mother, wife, and friends, and yet all lies open before God, and is placed in His book of record… God is everywhere. He sees, He knows, all things, and understands the intents and purposes of the heart…All sins will be revealed in the day of judgment, and unless they have been repented of beforehand, they will receive punishment according to their magnitude; for a record of all the deeds of men is kept in the book of God's remembrance.”
“When the Judgment shall sit, and the books shall be opened, there will be many astonishing disclosures. Men will not then appear as they appear to the human eyes and finite judgments. Secret sins will then be laid open to the view of all. Motives and intentions which have been hidden in the dark chambers of the heart will be revealed. All will appear as a real life-picture. In that solemn and awful hour the unfaithfulness of the husband will be opened to the wife, and the unfaithfulness of the wife, to the husband. Parents will then learn, for the first time, what was the real character of their children, and children will see the errors and mistakes that marked the lives of their parents. The man who robbed his neighbor through false representations, is not to escape with his ill-gotten gains. God has an exact record in His books, of every unjust account and every unfair dealing. Memory will be true and vivid in condemnation of the guilty one, who in that day is found wanting. The mind will recall all the thoughts and acts of the past; the whole life will come in review like the scenes in a panorama. “…Behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23
White, Ellen. Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery and Divorce (1989), page 89
White, Ellen. Maranatha (1976), page 340