EXPOSING THE ERROR OF SIN(S) CONFESSION
Updated: Sep 13, 2020
Let's expose the incorrect teaching that says: "Once you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your sins are forgiven from the day you were born until the day you are saved. From that day onward, if you sin, you have to confess your sins to God in order to be forgiven or maintain salvation or else you lose salvation."
Hebrew 9:22 "...without shedding of blood there is no remission." When sinners(non-believers) believe in their hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord, why are they saved? Is it really their confessions that save them? Not really. There is something else that is backing up those confessions: the blood of Jesus that was shed in the heavenly tabernacle /throne of grace.
It is actually the shed blood of Jesus that remits their sins and saves them. These confessions are merely agreeing to what has been completely done on their behalf. That is the reason why their confessions work. Now, let's ASSUME the cross only covers your past sins until the day you receive Christ. After that, it is totally dependent on you to confess your future sins, so that they will be forgiven. If that is the case, then these future sin confessions will never work at all.
Because BLOOD was shed ONCE, there is no more shed blood to back up these confessions. And, since Jesus will not shed His blood again for the second time, these future sins will actually be left in an unforgivable state. If this is really true, none of us will ever make it to heaven! Can you see how twisted this teaching is?
Whenever the topic of confessing sin(s) comes up, people are quick to quote 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness". 1 John 1:9 does not say that a Christian must confess sins to God in order to be forgiven. It does say one must confess sins to God in order to be saved or be cleansed from unrighteousness. Big difference!
1 John 1:9 is not directed toward believers, but toward those who need salvation. If we are born-again, we have been made the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21, Rom 5:19). There is no unrighteousness to be cleansed from in a born-again Christian. Read the first eight verses in 1 John 1 and it will be clear to you that John is showing unbelievers how to receive salvation.
John is saying that the one who we have come to know, the one we have heard, touched, and communed with, we want you to know Him like we know Him. 1 John 1:9 tells us how to come into a relationship with God and know Him! “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” A born-again Christian confessed sin/sins first time he received Christ and was forgiven right there.
You won’t find any believer in the New Testament confessing their sins to be forgiven. It is an extra-Biblical idea by religion that our forgiveness hangs upon our confession, where confession is defined as listing sins and pleading with God to forgive you of those sins.
Biblical confession is not listing everything that’s wrong with you. True confession is a positive response to something that God has already done. It is verbalizing faith. It is saying “thank you Jesus for your blood that was poured out for my forgiveness. Because of You, I am forgiven! etc. etc.
These people who teach, "If you sin in the future, confess, and it will be forgiven," are seriously underestimating the severity of sin and, in effect, making light what Jesus did on the cross. Remember, it is not our confession, but the SHED BLOOD of JESUS that saves us.
Col 1:14; Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (NOT OUR CONFESSING SIN).