Yes, You Need to Confess Your Sin

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we
have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin. (8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar,
and His word is not in us
( 1 John
1:7-10).
There is a popular teacher
in the body of Christ today that is teaching what I would call false doctrine, and I want to deal with this
today. I’ve been asked about it by several church members, so here goes.
His idea is that Jesus died
for ALL of our sins past, present, and future on the cross. And, since that is
true, there is now no need to confess our current sins in order to be right
with God. He states that 1 John 1:9 was written to counter the Gnostic heresy
floating around during the first century church, and that it’s now not
necessary for us as believers to confess our sins in order to be forgiven.  
Let’s examine this a bit. He
is referring to what theologians call positional
righteousness
when he says a believer has all his sins forgiven in Christ
and he need never confess them again. 1 Corinthians 1:30 reads, But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who
became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and
redemption.
 
Positionally
in Christ, I have God’s wisdom, but I’m
still encouraged to ask for it when I need it: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all
liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Positionally in Christ, I
have righteousness. Yes, Jesus took all my sins on the cross, and I am RIGHT
NOW the righteousness of God in Him! But that doesn’t do away with the need for
me to practice self-judgment when I do wrong. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is
sin
(James 4:17). For if we would
judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are
chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
(1 Corinthians
11:31-32)
We err when we say that our
positional righteousness in Christ does away with the need for self-judgment
when we sin. This is called practical
righteousness.
To say that we need never confess sin again as a Christian
is against the context of New Testament doctrine from the beginning to the end!
Don’t forget that Jesus
chastised the churches in Revelation 2 and 3 for their “sins,” so if
their sins were forgiven when Jesus died on the cross, why did He see the need
to bring them up to these churches again? He told the church in Laodicea ((Rev.
3:14-20) that he would vomit them out of His mouth if they did not repent. He
told them that He stands at the door and knocks desiring fellowship with them.
Does that sound
like they don’t need to
deal with their own sin?
There is not only a
positional righteousness that we walk in as Christians, but there is also a
moment  by moment righteousness where we
judge ourselves when we miss it and sin (1 Corinthians 11:31-32). Don’t forget
that Paul rebukes a Christian for living in sexual sin and turns him over to
Satan until he repents in 1 Corinthians 5: 1-7. Annanias and Sapphira were
struck dead by lying to God (Acts 5:1-11). Hymenaeus and Alexander were turned
over to Satan by the Apostle Paul because they were blaspheming God’s name (1
Timothy 1:20). I could go on and on.
The Bible does teach
positional righteousness in Christ, but it is FALSE DOCTRINE to state that
there is no need to deal with personal sin in my life as a Christian.
Confess your sins when you
know you do wrong. That keeps your conscience clean, and it helps you stay
uncontaminated with the world’s ideology of living.
In closing, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
One
way to view this is that we are deal with known sin when we commit it by
confessing it. To confess means to agree with God that the behavior we’ve been
involved in is sin. When we do this, then the next part of the verse kicks in: He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We deal with known sin we
commit and God cleanses us and forgive us for the things we do that we don’t
know are wrong, or that we are not aware of as being sin the moment we commit
the offense.
Let’s choose today to walk
closely with Jesus, and to stay in constant fellowship with Him. A strong
conscience is a powerful defense against Satan and his schemes to harm your
life!

2 thoughts on “Yes, You Need to Confess Your Sin

  1. Good article Pastor Mitch.

    We seem to forget the difference between fellowship and relationship. We have a relationship with God through Christ but sin can and does break fellowship. That's where 1 John 1.9 comes in.

    I know which minister you're talking about. And this is not the only area of concern but we will not belabor that point now.

    As long as we do not confuse confessing to restore fellowship with confessing to restore relationship (which was settled when we were saved) we are on solid ground.

    God word pastor Mitch!

    Gary in PA!

  2. If you know you have messed up, then confess up! Be safe. God is good, He knows the desires of our hearts if and when we mess up, (and we will mess up)!!

    YES, confess when you have made a mistake, like the WORD says! Just as PM said, Jesus got on the church in Revelation, it's pretty clear.

    The man on TV is, well, let's just say, may God Bless him!!

    Linda

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