Confession of SIN, confession of sins.
NCC’s pastor KM was on the phone. He told me that J Prince had a new book and would like to send one to me, though it was yet to be released officially. But he cautioned that there might be some stuff difficult to comprehend and accept, and that JP was apprehensive whether it would go down well. I asked what was the issue, and he said it was about confession of sins.
“Oh” I rejoined – “it’s not an issue with me. Prince’s conviction is correct.” And I went on to offer to send him a few articles from my personal reading and study. I am not sure about how those articles had helped KM. Much later, when Prince was preaching on this topic, he shared that he was aware of the ripples – no – more like tidal waves it would cause. But something that he came across spurred him on. And there is now no turning back!
Either the waves of this teaching has washed away the debris from the ‘sacred cows’ and Confirmation Bias in thousands of believers (like the washing of feet caked with dust, or the washing of the Word [Eph 5:26] or the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit [Tit 3:5] ) and illuminated our hearts and liberated us from legalistic shackles, OR the waves have crash against the bedrocks of various denominational creeds and convictions. The latter has been real and relentless. Collateral damage to holding on and handing on a truth that liberates and anchor us in our liberty and life of Christ! Romans 10:17 tells me that when Christ speaks, His Word to me engenders faith, not fear. Faith in believing when He says “I do not condemn you, you are forgiven for I have justified you, redeemed you, and imputed to you My Righteousness. I will contend for your freedom, for I am your Advocate” (1 John 2:1-2; 2:12)
When I was first exposed to Prince’s version of 1 John 1:9, I was skeptical and doubtful. I had to check up for myself. And the delightful outcome were the following :-
1) Total Forgiveness and the Confession of Sin, a study and message by John MacArthur on 1 John 1:8-10
2) Confession – Truth or Chains, a study by James R Owen 2004. (I can no longer find the original link, which seemed to have disappeared from cyber space, or trace this James Owen. Let me know if anyone out there has the link. Thank you. However, if anyone care to read, one can read it from Pilgrim Sojourner’s Google Drive –
3) “Should Christians Confess Their Sins” – a study by Dr Christian Pope of Sanctification.com. I corresponded with him briefly years ago, and he said, yes, his name is really Christian Pope! But his website has been revamped as he is now very much into the Hebraic Root of our Faith, and that study is no longer on his website. However, I just wrote to him asking about it. Again, its on my Google Drive –
I am more of an Ethiopian first, then a Berean. Read and listen to what others have to teach, then study and verify. I put on my parachute which only works when it is open, and hold my Confirmation Bias in abeyance.
In my own journey and pilgrimage of faith, I am learning along the way. A lifelong journey!
Acts 8: 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
I invite you to come into my life and teach me, for how can I understand unless someone guides me