By Edwin Christiaan
There is a growing number of hyper-grace church pastors, who teach their followers that the moment a sinner is saved, they are forgiven for their sins once for all time. This forgiveness include all sins for all time – past, present, and future – which means that there will be no future need to ask for forgiveness for anything ever again. So they’re saying, that even your future sins are pronounced forgiven the moment you are saved! Lord have mercy!
There is not a single verse in the Bible where God forgives a person’s sins before they commit those sins. Absolutely none! God only forgives people for what they have done, not what they will do.
These false teachers fail to distinguish between the forgiveness of salvation and the forgiveness of relationship. They also claim that the Holy Spirit will never convict Christians of their sin, because “conviction” has a connotation of condemnation attached to it. Not true. Guilt always precedes mercy! Grace is given for a reason, because there is something to forgive and give grace for: Sin!
This “no need to confess sins” doctrine is dangerous because it creates delusional people with seared consciences! It fosters narcissistic people, who literally believe they can do no wrong (and cannot sin) and therefore have nothing to apologize or ask forgiveness for. It creates pride, not humility!
As Christians, we are not without sin. Even though we are made righteous by Christ and we are no longer “sinners,” we all fall short and sin daily, and therefore stand in daily need of forgiveness. It is because of Jesus that we have a gracious God who receives, forgives, and cleanses repentant, confessing sinners of their transgressions.
In the Bible book of John, it says,
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”1. John 2:1 NKJV
Now, these false teachers deny that John’s letters were even written to believers, but John was clearly writing to believers he knew personally! He indicated that his believing friends may indeed sin, and that when they do, they need to confess it.
Now we also understand why John said,
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1. John 1:8-9 NKJV
Once again, it is true that Christians have been forgiven by God when they gave their lives to Him, but that doesn’t mean we never have to confess our sin.
In another book of the Bible, which these grace teachers also reject to be written for the believers, it says,
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 NKJV
As blood-bought children of God, we do not continue to confess our sin in order to be saved from hell. We confess and repent in order to reestablish an intimate relationship with our Father.
Any time one doctrine is emphasized to the exclusion of the rest, we fall into error, because we fail to correctly handle the Word. Any doctrine that steers away from introspective and humility in our walk with Jesus, also steers away from holiness, intimacy, and character building into Christ’s likeness.
We must always compare any new teaching with the whole counsel of God, and learn to disregard anything that veers even slightly from the truth.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”1. John 4:1 NKJV