A while back I became convicted about certain teachings which we have come to be comfortable with in church. This brought about my close and careful reexamination of the matter of confessing sins by believers. The usual way is to confess our sins to God, repent and He will forgive us. There are scriptures we use when we start out in a prayer meetings; scriptures like 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” When this is done, we then begin speaking to God and confessing our sins quietly to Him and letting no one else hear, afterwards it’s to God we confess to. Very convenient isn’t it? Very easy to do and get away with and do it time and time again, because no one is holding us accountable, only “God”.
Well, I had another reality dawn on me as it has to do with God’s mind on this issue. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He didn’t hesitate to show them the pattern. When He got to the issue of sins, he put it this way: “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.“ This shows that we are to ask God to forgive our sins. But the question now is if we are meant to confess our sins to God? I have read several articles that hold this position and wonder if indeed we are practicing the right thing.