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Must I Repent In The Public

Is it true that if I fornicate and only repent to God, I will lose my salvation. Must I tell someone else like my mom, dad, or even my pastor.

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That depends on what level you serve in God's Kingdom. If you are a pastor, you have sinned against your congregation also. If not, How about to your family, like wife and children? How about the one you sinned with? You may have stumbled, But God can pick you up, but you must be responsible to all those around you. But Remember, Forgiveness is Always available, Complete restoration, in this world, isn't always so.
---timotheus on 2/18/08

If you are already a Christian you need to repent to God for this type sin. If you stole from someone or hurt someone else you may need to go to them also and ask for their forgiveness.But you have to use wisdom and good judgement before doing this.If the risks are too great,going to the other person. Just take it to the Lord and accept that.
---Robyn on 2/18/08

Dear Friend, A basic principle that I have learned is that The volume of the apology should be a little more than that of the offense. R'r Jesus said Give to Ceasar the things that are Ceasars, and God's things to God? Repent unto the Lord first, Then apologize to the people offended. Offer recompense if need be. Then watch your joy grow!
---tim on 2/18/08

Kissie::Where do you get these ideas from ?from some knitting or tellall association.?Dear lady Matt28:18-20 if you are a catholic tells you where you can be absolved But if not then A true contrite act of Contrition will give you a clean bill of Spiritual Health PROVIDED you do not repeat till you are Married.As Catholics this is what is REQUIRED OF us.sorrOW FOR VIOLATING GODS LAW & CONFESSION, yes to a priest.He is the representative of Jesus in the Confessional not just any Man.
---Emcee on 2/18/08

Where did you get this..... and what do you mean by "repent to God"?

ALL of our repentance is supposed to be before God.
---Jack on 2/18/08

(i) You will not lose your salvation; because repentance unto God is what we are supposed to be doing. Whether or not you tell anyone else is up to you. But the Lord did say, share your fault one with another, and pray one for another. What he is saying is for us to use all that we have repented of as a testimony to praise his name.
---ShawnM.T on 1/20/07

(ii) When we let others know how Gods forgiveness and mercy has set us free, we not only strengthen our own believes in Gods word, but we also help all those who hear our testimony.
---ShawnM.T on 1/20/07

I would like to say, if you happen to be married, this is the only person you must tell! So you do not give the Devil a way & place in your marriage. When we inter into the Holy Union of marriage, we no longer are two but one under God. A verse to conceder is 1 Cor. 7:3-5.
---ShawnM.T on 1/20/07

1 Cor. 7: 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
1 Cor. 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
1 Cor. 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
---ShawnM.T on 1/20/07

That would be church junk, like junk bonds.
---Charlie on 1/15/07

I have famliy membes wo belong to a ministry that required members to confess before the church. Many unwed expectant young women left the church after they were forced to stand before everyone and tell their personal busines. I have never agreed with that. God is the only one who can wash away sin, You are accountable to Him only.
---lynet on 1/14/07

God IS the ONLY one who can forgive and wash away sin. Confession to Him is the ONLY necessity. Confession to anyone else is your choice.
---Leslie on 1/14/07

Sometimes newly converted Christians are attacked by the Devil by the Devil twisting God's word and getting the new convert to misunderstand the scripture and do some crazy things. I myself went through this I threw away everything I owned because I misinterpreted the Bible. So if a person may ask a question that may seem off the wall answer it because that person may very well be sincere.
---Matthew on 1/11/07

You may think your sin is worse than the sins of others in your church. It isn't. There will be no-one who hasn't sinned. Do others confess publicly? I doubt it. If so it will soon become gossip as will yours if you share it in church. God only can forgive. The only time sins should be made public is if it has affected the church members and you also need their personal forgiveness. Tell what you must on a stricly 'need to know' basis and keep as much as possible between you and God.
---m.p.a. on 1/11/07

confession to others is encouraged in the New Testament, but it is not required.

Read James.

Who can pray along side you if they don't know?
---Pharisee on 1/10/07

It is not necessary to repent, or confess in public. I would suggest that you find an accountability partner, and discuss your spiritual growth with that person, and if there is a particular sin that is becoming a stronghold, confess that and pray with them about that.
---Madison1101 on 1/10/07

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When you dont repent to allows us to come back to it and sin and just ask for forgivness again, over and over
eventually it may come to the point where we become lukewarm which is not good...God will spit us out of his mouth when we are luke warm
---mark on 1/10/07

Kissie, to repent means to feel deep remorse for your sin and to turn away from that sin. God will then forgive you, but if you continue doing that sin over and over and over again, the wages of sin is death. Eternal separation from God. STOP committing fornication, the bible says, "Fornicators and adulterers God will judge." Repent and ask God to forgive you and "Go and sin no more."
---Donna9759 on 1/10/07

No. You do not have to confess in public or in private to anyone. Only God. 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
---Bruce5656 on 1/10/07

However, if you feel that fornication is going to be an ongoing temptation for you, you may want to speak to someone who you can trust like your pastor's wife (I encourage you to have a woman confidant in this case) to whom you can have some accountability. Someone who can encourage you and mentor you to stay pure and faithful.
---Bruce5656 on 1/10/07

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Who do you think is able to forgive sin, your mom, your dad or your pastor, or the Lord Jesus Christ? Think about it? Woe to those who make God engage in condemnation of mankind at this time, in this dispensation.
---Mima on 1/10/07

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