I love being Protestant. I would never have any desire to become a Catholic. Not hatin’ on Catholicism, I just don’t believe it is Biblical. So don’t misinterpret me: I think we should have confession in church. Why? For this reason:
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
So, having said that, I shall specify that I do not mean a formal confession, churchgoer-to-priest, useful for forgiveness/absolution of sins. The basic meaning of the word for “confess” in the verse is “acknowledge” or, more wordily, “to bring out verbal agreement.” So, when the Bible says to confess our sins to each other, the main point is to admit to others our agreement with the truth of our sins.
To put it simply: we should speak openly about our faults. Continue reading “Confession? In Church?”
Some people, like myself, had a short and boring life before Christ. Most of the testimony comes after conversion. You, though, may be of those who have a painful and shameful past. To be honest, people like me tend to envy people like you. But that’s insane. That can be a burden. So this is my attempt to encourage you.
And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest… But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.
Continue reading “Utter Forgiveness: To Shatter the Guilt of Life before Christ”