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Confessing sins to God to be forgiven is the sin of unbelief

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Nowhere in the New Testament do you find believers confessing their sins to God to be forgiven. Confessing sins to God to be forgiven is an extra biblical church tradition. Hebrews 10:2 says that we’re not supposed to be conscious of our sins. Confessing sin or sins to God, to be forgiven is the sin of unbelief in the goodness and grace of God.  It is one of those things that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death (Pro 14:12). It is a work of the flesh that kills faith, nullifies grace, and treats as unholy the blood of the covenant that sanctifies us. In 1 John 1:9 which most believers quote, John is writing to unbelievers who were deceived because they thought they were without sin (v8) How do we know that John is talking to unbelievers and not Christians? Because he is addressing people who are walking in darkness (v.6), who need to be purified from all unrighteousness (v.9) and who, by insisting that they have never sinned, are making God out to be a liar (v.10). What message does John have for sinners who don’t think they’re sinners? “Acknowledge your sinful state, turn to God and receive His gift of forgiveness. And what message does John have for those of us who have already turned to Jesus? Do we need to confess too? We already have!

Confession means agreeing with God and when we first surrendered to the Lord, we might have prayed “thank you for forgiving me.” -That is confession. Now we are forgiven, complete, accepted, free, safe, His and loved, without ourselves doing one thing to make it happen. Amen to His grace. A true understanding of grace will not lead people to sin, but rather away from sin.  Tit 2:11-12  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12    Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live  soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; FORGIVENESS IS NOT IN CONFESSIONS

Hebrews 9:22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

Must I confess my sins before I can be forgiven? No. There is no condition attached to God’s forgiveness. The only condition attached to God’s forgiveness is that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. The good news is that Jesus has fulfilled this condition for all men.

Confession of sin has no power to take away sin, it is the blood of Christ that was effective to wipe away all sin and anyone who locates himself in Christ obtains forgiveness as a matter of inheritance or as a matter of right.

The question often asked is, how about 1 John 1:9 that sort of make confession as a condition for forgiveness of sin? That scripture says that If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This scripture is a salvation scripture reaching out to those who are yet to be saved. The scripture is simply saying that if we acknowledge or admit or confess that we are sinners and come to Christ, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

As for the saved person, he has already been forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness, and it is a one-time work. He doesn’t need to come over and over for cleansing through confessions.

Christ Jesus took away our sin/sins( PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE) completely by his shed blood. Anyone who receives Christ obtains this forgiveness without a single condition.

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