Confession is another word that has been hijacked and twisted by religion in order to keep many sin Conscience, instead of Christ conscience. We are not transformed by beholding sin! We are transformed by beholding Christ, Behold ...The lamb of God who took away our sin. Again we are not transformed by beholding sin, but by beholding the glory of the Lord as in a mirror. 2 Corinthians 3:18. What do we see when we look into the mirror of Gods word? Do we see a sinner or a redeemed, forgiven blood bought child of God? When most think of confession they think of digging up all their unconfessed sin and then verbally pleading with God or worse a priest in order to then be forgiven of sin. But Ive got Good News ! You no longer have to beg God to forgive you of your sins! Christ died once and for all sin! And you have already been forgiven of all sin past present and future. I know this sounds too good to be true, but it is true. Jesus died over 2000 years ago once and for all your sins. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age k to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. Hebrews 9:26 Sins that you had not even committed yet, because you had not even been born yet were already forgiven!! And Forgotten.. Wow that’s a lot of forgiveness! So the big question from many is wont all this forgiveness stuff just promote more sinning ? No ! It will actually have the opposite effect. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." Luke 7:47 Those Who are forgiven much will actually love much! and those who are forgiven little love little. Forgiveness of sin doesn’t promote more sinning but more loving ! Yes it is true that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 And yes it is true that the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23 But let’s not forget the rest of the verses that say We are now justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Romans 3:24 God says that we have already been justified freely by His grace ! And who am I to argue with God? The word justified actually means we have already been restored back into complete innocence or to-a place of .... Just as if we had never sinned ! Wow ! not only have we been forgiven, but we areseen by God as pure as Jesus! Remember.. As he is so are we now in this life! Listen to have a passion translation says it. Yet through his powerful declaration of acquittal, God freely gives away his righteousness. His gift of love and favor now cascades over us, all because Jesus, the Anointed One, has liberated us from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin! Romans 8:24 Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We should never forget the verse that says he who knew no sin became sin that we would then be made the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Or the other multiple Verses throughout Scripture that declare our sins have already been removed and have already been forgiven once and for all time! The message that we are to believe And proclaim is not that we continue to remember our sins, but it’s the message of the new covenant that says God remembers our sins no more! and we are to agree with what God says is true. The word confess actually means to agree with or to say the same thing ! True confession of sin is to continually agree with what God says is true about our sins. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Hebrews 8:12 If God says that he remembers our sins no more I confess or agree with God and I remember my sins no more as well. Why should we continue to dig up and remember what God has already forgotten. We are not in the process of being forgiven we have been forgiven once and for all! Any theology that promotes the idea that we are to continually attempt to dig up sin , remember sin and then verbally confess it in order to be forgiven is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact its against all that Christ came to do. God does not want us to be sin conscience God wants us to be Christ Conscience.. Righteous conscience ... forgiven conscious Religion wants us to be obsessed with sin ! In fact religion will often focus more on sin than they do on Christ who has already dealt with Sin. When Jesus comes back he is not coming back to deal with sin! Why? Because Jesus has already dealt with all Sin once and for all. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:26-28 www.gracelifemb.com