This basically contradicts 2,000 years of mainstream evangelical Christian belief. If this doctrine is true, then everyone from Billy Graham, to Luis Palau, to Reinhard Bonkke, to Josh McDowell are all wrong! All the billions of evangelism tracts printed by Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ and many others in the last century were all erroneous! What does the Bible say?
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 Jn. 1:9)
Those advocating this brand of unbalanced grace say that we must never build a doctrine just from John's writings. Then, what about the words of Jesus Christ? Isn't this how He taught us to pray to heavenly Father,
And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us ... (Lk 1:4)
To put the verse in context, let's look at 1 John 1: 8-9 (Amplified Bible)
8If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].
9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
Looking at verses 8 and 9 in tandem, I submit that John is actually painting a scenario of 2 choices available to a non-believer:
1) Say that you have no sin i.e. refusing to admit that you are a sinner and therefore not accepting the truth of the Gospel i.e. you don't need the Saviour because there is nothing to be saved from.
2) Confess your sins i.e. admitting you are a sinner and therefore needing and receiving God's forgiveness of all your sins and made righteous before God i.e. cleansed from all unrighteousness.
I submit that 1John 1:9 is describing what happens at the point of salvation for an unbeliever. When the unbeliever confesses before God that he is a sinner and in need of the Saviour, his sins are all forgiven and he is cleansed from ALL unrighteousness, thereby making himfully righteous. I use the word fully to emphasize the absence of any unrighteousness because strictly speaking, righteousness is a state of being so you are either righteous or unrighteous.
When you become a believer, you are made righteous before God; you have been cleansed from ALL unrighteousness, so how can there be any unrighteousness left in you for God to cleanse again and again?
Rev Kong Hee also quoted Luke 1:4 - "And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us ..." but the context of that verse is that Jesus had not yet died on the cross and risen from the dead, and he was talking to the Jews on the basis of the Law. However, after his death and resurrection, what does Jesus say?
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Eph 4:32)
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." (Col 3:13)
Through the apostle Paul, Jesus says that we forgive others because in Christ GOD FORGAVE US. In Hebrews 8:12, God says "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more", so why do we need to keep confessing our sins and reminding God about our sins when He says He will remember our sins no more?
Casting aside the theological argument, consider is it really possible to confess all our sins? What happens if you did something that is a sin in God's eyes but you didn't know that and therefore you didn't confess it? What happens if during your whole life, you managed to confess all your sins except for one which you forgot about? Will that one unforgiven sin (since it was not confessed, therefore it was not forgiven according to Rev Kong's interpretation) prevent you from entering heaven since there can be no sin in heaven?
If you are serious in believing the doctrine that you have to confess sins in order to be forgiven, then you'd better be serious in watching over your every thought and every action, in case you have sinned and therefore need to confess it otherwise it could cause you your place in heaven. Is this the way you want to live your life here? Is this the way God wants you to live your life?
Jesus says in John 10:10 - "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - and I sure He doesn't mean a life full of consciousness of sin. Even at the point of our salvation, God does not want us to concentrate on confessing our sins but rather He wants us to confess ""Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Rom 10:9)
Live your life conscious of Jesus, not your sins!