Majority of Christians who attend church do not confess their sins to each other as the Bible commands.
James 5:16 says,
And 1 John 1:9. says,
That being said, am I safe to assume that God will not forgive our guilt, heal our shame and cleans our unrighteousness if we fail to obey these commands?
People in the church today hide their sins from one another especially Southern Baptists which is the largest Protestant denomination in the world. Only Roman Catholics outnumber them. I know this is true because I use to be Southern Baptist and went to one of their Seminary's. I use to joke around in Sunday School class by saying that you never see a Last Baptist Church anywhere, it's usually a First Baptist Church. Didn't Jesus say "the first would be last and the last would be first in the Kingdom of God?" I think I made a lot of enemies with this quip. Have you noticed how many Southern Baptist Churches are changing their name today? First Baptist Church of Oviedo (my former church home) just changed their name to CrossLife. Yes, dirty diapers definitely need to be changed. I have learned that unconfessed sin is what causes a person to become self-righteous just like the Pharisees and Scribes were when Jesus walked this earth over 2000 years ago.
I just read two news articles that intrigued me. One is Justin Bieber confessing his sins to his whole fan base. He is not too ashamed to confess the sins he has committed so why is it so hard for Southern Baptists to do the same? And the second article is on what it is to have a self-righteous mindset.
God gave me a great parable to explain this phenomenon of why unconfessed sin is so detrimental to the spiritual (mental) health of every Christian. It goes like this...
"Harboring unconfessed sin in our heart is like a boil full of puss. Shame is very similar to puss. Shame builds up inside our heart when we do not confess our sins. Shame is the total opposite of God's redeeming grace. Unconfessed sin causes shame to build up inside our hearts just like puss builds up inside a boil. Puss builds up inside of a boil because of an impurity under the skin. The puss is symbolic of our shame and the impurity is symbolic of our sin. A boil must be drained of puss and its impurity before it can heal. Boils full of puss are very ugly and this is why we try to hide them from the sight of others. The same is true with unconfessed sin. We try to hide our sins (impurities) from others by denying they even exist. We need to confess our sins in order to be healed for the same reason we need to drain a boil of it's impurities so that it will heal."
Jesus has taught me that shame comes straight from the pit of hell. Shame is the number one weapon Satan uses to destroy a person's soul. Sigmund Freud was the first Psychologist to prove scientifically just how harmful shame is to the human Psyche. I studied Freud at UCF.
Remember when Adam and Eve were hiding from God after they broke the only rule God gave them in the Garden of Eden? God saw they were hiding from Him so God asked Adam, "where are you?" Adam answered saying, "we were hiding from you because we were ashamed of our nakedness". Then God asked, "who told you that you are naked?" You see that it was not God who caused them to feel shame because He would have never asked this question if He was responsible for their shame.
Read full account of this story in Genesis Chapter Three. Am I right in my reasoning? This is why it is so important for us to confess our sins to God and significant others with a repentant and remorseful heart on an as needed basis so we can be healed of sin's shameful effects that causes us to hide from God and each other. Unconfessed sin is the main reason for the lack of transparency we see in professing Christians who have a self-righteous, sanctimonious or holier-than-thou mindset. I believe many, if not most Christians, hide their sins because they are more interested in pleasing people than pleasing God.
See what King David said concerning unconfessed sin in Psalm 32:3-5.
"When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. Day and night Your hand was heavy upon me. My vitality was drained away like a fever on a hot summer night. I acknowledged my sin to You and my guilt I did not hide. I said, I will confess my sins to the Lord and You forgave the guilt of my sin."
Confession is essential for the sanctification process to be fulfilled as we mature through time to develop the true mindset of Jesus.
Bottom line - Confession is a supernatural medicine that keeps our conscience minds free from the demonic forces that give shame it's destructive psychological power.
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