Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Confess Your Sins To Be Forgiven (1) - The Mis-interpretation of 1 John 1:9

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

What happens to our sins at the point of our salvation?

Many of us have been taught before that at the moment of our salvation, all of our past sins up to that moment in time have been forgiven. What about the future sins which we can expect that we will commit after our salvation? Well, you have to confess those sins in order to be forgiven - 1 John 1:9 says so.

Is that true? Let's lay aside any scriptural interpretation and arguments first (we'll deal with that later), and just look at the logic of this "theology".

Is it at all possible to confess all our sins? There are so many things which we do during the day that are not right in God's eyes; is it possible to list all of them?

What if you forgot to confess one sin? That one unconfessed sin will hang over your head for the rest of your life! When you finally fall asleep, will you be denied entry at the gate of Heaven because of that one unconfessed and hence unforgiven sin?

Okay, let's solve the above problem by having a "motherhood" confession before we go to bed: "Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me of ALL the sins that I committed today. Amen." That will work!(?)

What happens if just before you can say that little prayer, you suffer a heart attack and lose consciousness and then die? Will you be denied entry at the gate of Heaven because of your unconfessed and hence unforgiven sins?

Is that fair? Is it logical that our Daddy God operates like that?

In the first place, the idea that we are only forgiven of our past sins up to the point of salvation when we prayed the sinner's prayer is flawed. Our so-called past sins are not really past sins because Jesus died for them 2,000 years ago. As far as Jesus is concerned, ALL our sins are future sins at the moment He died for them.

Heb 10 reveals the truth of Jesus being the sacrifice for ALL SIN for ALL TIME. At the point of our salvation, ALL our sins are forgiven ONCE and for all.

Heb 10: 10, 12, 14 (NLT)
10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

Why is there a need to keep confessing sins in order to be forgiven when God says He has canceled your "criminal" record and will not remember them anymore?

Heb 10:17 (NLT)
17 Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”

Col 2:12-14 (NLT)
For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

So if there is no need to confess our sins in order to be forgiven, why is 1 John 1:9 in the bible?

(I will talk about that in Part 2 ...)


peter said...

Hi Stanley,

Thank you for starting this blog.

I have read some of your responses to certain critics on Blogpastor, Stillhaventfound etc.

Your blog will certainly provide some answers to those not satisfied with traditional explanations and seeking to know more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His grace and love.

Keep up the good work!


Stanley Wong said...

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your encouragement :-)


Jeffrey said...

Hi Bro,

You finally have your own blog.Ha ha.Maybe I should consider.

Heb 10:14
By one sacrifice he has made us perfect forever those who are sanctified.

The legalist cannot believe this.So he turned the sin offering into sin confession.(You have to confess to be forgiven)

He exchange the riches of His grace for the poverty of his confession.

Angie said...

Stan, you have a gift there in writing. You should have done this much earlier! :D Nevertheless, it's never too late. Keep the blogs coming! :)

Jeff, stick to your edification on others' website ;p Your inputs has been very valuable! :D

Anonymous said...

Matthew 6:14,15

18:23-35(34,35)-unforgiving servant

James 5:15.....And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; AND IF HE HAVE COMITTED SINS, THEY SHALL BE FORGIVEN HIM

1Jn 1:9 Prov. 28:13
Heb. 10:26-29 1Pet. 1:9,10

Stanley Wong said...

Dear Anonymous (26Jan09_0533hrs),

Thank you for your "comments". As your "comments" consist of only verses and no other statements, it is not possible for me to really understand your viewpoint.

However, I have commented on those listed verses in relation to this article but I have posted my comments as an article on the main blog instead of this comment box.

Please see http://thelogicalchristian.blogspot.com/2009/01/dear-anonymous-26jan20090533hrs.html

Finally, it is much appreciated if you could leave a name or pseudonym to facilitate future discussions on this blog.