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Confessing sins to be forgiven is the sin of unbelief

Nowhere in the New Testament do you find believers confessing their sins to be forgiven. Confessing 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 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; Grace is strength (2 Cor. 12:9).  Grace is provision (2 Cor. 9:8).  Grace is power (Acts 4:33).  Grace builds us up and gives us our inheritance (Acts 20:32).  Grace gives us gifts (Rom. 12:6).  Grace gives us rest and hope ( Heb 4:11, 2 Thess. 2:16). 

Grace is faith and love (1 Tim. 1:14).  Grace is mercy and help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).  Grace is multiplied unto us through the knowledge of God (2 Pet. 1:2).  Grace labors abundantly (1 Cor. 15:10).  Those who truly understand grace would not use it as an excuse for the flesh, but will embrace its true characteristics mentioned above.  A mental understanding of grace is not enough.  Those who think that they understand grace but use that knowledge as an excuse for sin have not truly understood the grace of God.  A true revelation of grace in the spirit will produce a different result.  True grace will produce an energy, faith and motivation that will break the bondage of sin and failure and propel the believer into a life of joy and victory.  That is the nature of grace.