The news cycle the last several weeks has reminded me of something very important: There is no such thing as a “secret sin”. First, you can’t keep it secret from God. He knows. It’s not secret to Him. In Psalm 139:7-12 the psalmist writes, “Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I live at the eastern horizon settle at the western limits, even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold on to me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night’— even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You.” Nothing is secret from God.
Second, you may keep it from others for a really long time—but, time is the biggest revealer of secrets. Jean Racine, a French playwright, wrote, “there are no secrets that time does not reveal.” Similarly, an ancient Chinese Proverb says, “If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it.” Some of the current infamy being played out in the press could have been avoided if more people abided by that Chinese proverb. Instead people believe that they can “get away” with something. Solomon correctly reminds us all in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands… For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.” Jesus himself reminds his disciples in Luke 12:2, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.”
Secret sin doesn’t exist—because it is not secret from God and the Bible clearly tells us that all such secret things will be revealed. If you are going to do something in secret, I would suggest that your secret activities be restricted to giving to the poor, prayer and fasting (see Matthew 6:1-16). At least then, when these things are revealed there will be something to praise God for.