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Confess Every Little Sin

I really struggle with feeling like I need to confess every little sin to a fellow believer to feel at peace with God. I get this from James 5:16 that says "Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed." Is this wrong?

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Mark Eaton-- When I said "1-2 trusted believers" I meant those who would not spread knowledge of your sin to others.
They might, or might not be, clergy.

Some people believe in confessing (presumably major sins) to the whole congregation or group of believers.
That's what I would call "public". And that I'd call unnecessary and a big mistake.
---Donna66 on 11/2/10


paraptoma - a side slip (lapse or deviation), that is, (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression: - fall, fault, offence, sin, trespass.

"I love the Lord, but the television has such a grip on me that I do not help my neighbors when I know that they need me." That is a present fault and is between you and the BOC (brethern). Confess it to them for purification.

"I love the Lord, but I ..... In 1987 when I ... and ... " That is a past sin that is between you and the Lord. Confess it to Him for repentance.

If your present is hindered by the past, go to a person that is equipped to guide you in that area of deliverance.

The fervent prayer of a righteous man has much advantage.
---aka on 11/1/10


Yes this is wrong!!!!!!!!!!!! Tell Jesus your every little sin and tell your friend the ones that will prevent personal growth i.e., maybe you have a problem with stealing from a grocery stores. Tell that to your friend so that you both can pray and he/she can be mindful and keep an eye on you regarding this matter. Only Jesus loves unconditional and sometime parents. Telling a human being all of your dark secrets is not biblical!!!!!!!
---joyce on 11/1/10


Trey, great answer. I also agree with Mark E statement on 10/25/10.
First, we understand as Christians that God forgives our sins. We can also have someone we hurt forgive us for what we have done to them when we ask for their forgiveness, it heals us and them.
Second, I don't agree on the RCC traditions of confessing to a priest. For they cannot forgive sin. What I do agree that helps is when you confess to someone, when you have sinned a sin you are not able to get over, even though you have confessed it to God and He has already forgiven you, but you have not been able to accept that forgiveness and hold a burden that can only be healed if you confess it to someone. Then your burden will be lifted.
---Mark_V. on 10/29/10


I believe what James is trying to convey here is not that we confess everytime we sin, but when we sin against another person causing hurt to that one. Then we are to go to the one we hurt, and acknowlege our wrong doing, sin, and ask for forgiveness. I believe James is also teaching that we are to forgive one another and pray one for another.

Hope this helps.
---trey on 10/27/10




Jack ... I have to disagree with you. It would give too much power to the church elders, and too much power over the congregation. it would also put enormous pressure on those who had confessed, to "work" for the church, ot make up for thier sins, and to get back in favour with the elders.

And to whom would the elders confess?? They are jsut as sinful.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/27/10


//I do not advocate confessing every sin to the elders or the church body. That would that not help anyone//--- Mark_Eaton

I disagree with you there. First time ever :D I think it does help people. It helps them to realize that even followers of Christ sin every single day and that how good we are IS NOT the basis for our righteous standing with the Lord.

A lot of lost people feel they need to clean their life up to come to Jesus. When in reality its the other way around. He cleans us up after we come to Him. We are powerless.

One thing I look for in someone who claims they are a Christian--- humility. If they act like they dont ever sin, it makes me wonder (like the Bible says) if the truth in even in them.
---JackB on 10/27/10


This scripture may be symbolic. If this fits your situation then you might want to do that. If not. Its ok,too. Some parts of the bible are confusing. Talk to the Lord about it and He will put your mind at ease. In the future: if there are thing you do not understand in the bible, that is ok. Your understanding will increase as you grow and mature in the Lord. We don't have to know and understand everything in the bible.
---Robyn on 10/27/10


But confession should be carefully made to 1-2 trusted believers. Unless church personnel are involved, I see NO reason for "public" confession by ANYONE.
---Donna66 on 10/26/10

What you are describing, the confessing to 1-2 trusted belivers, IS a public confession.

When I commented on Cluny's post, I was commenting on healing, confession, and annointing with oil by the elders of the church. I do not advocate confessing every sin to the elders or the church body. That would that not help anyone.

However, if you want anyone to lay hands on you, you should confess to them if needed. The laying on of hands is very significant in Scripture and should be accompanied with confession.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/27/10


I find it rare that people openly confess their sins. They can either do that "In Private with GOD" or "Publicly when other people have been affected".

There have been situations where other people's -- even Pastors -- lifestyle choices, behavior, spoken words, etc. are clearly NOT Biblical. I would think that these sinners would "recognize their sins" and repent, but they never do.

Right now, I "confess" that these situations have led me into the sins of "gossip" and "becoming bitter". I've asked GOD to forgive me and HE has.

Yet, the original sinners just never seem to get over their sins and repent. I've often end up NOT attending their events anymore.
---Sag on 10/27/10




No, we need not confess "every little sin" to others. If we did, Christians would have no time for anything else. As for me, I'm not much interested in the sins of others. It's my own sins that concern me! And most are between God and me. But I will listen and pray for someone if they want that. I will apologize and make amends when warranted.

Sometimes the FIRST step to repentance is confession. And knowing that someone else knows your sin may make you more responsible.
But confession should be carefully made to 1-2 trusted believers. Unless church personnel are involved, I see NO reason for "public" confession by ANYONE.
---Donna66 on 10/26/10


//When we hide our sins to our fellow believers, we silently say to them that I am perfect, what is your problem? Do you have a lack of faith or a lack of maturity? We are in effect, LIEING to them. How can God honor that?
---Mark_Eaton on 10/25/10
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Amen to that, brother.
---JackB on 10/26/10


If there is some adversity between you and another, then you go to that person and confess and make it right, then you can go to the altar and give your offerings to God. You see, many people obey the first commandment to love God wholly and completely, but they neglect the 2nd commandment which is equally important, which is, to love your neighbor as you love yourself. And therefore their love to God is rejected by God. For how can a person say that they love God whom they do not see, when they do not love their brother whom they do see? For this is the commandment: that we are to love one another, even as Christ loved us.
---Eloy on 10/26/10


Catherine, why do you not spell Cluny correctly? Is there a reason?

James L, I completely agree with you. In fact one of the reasons that God wanted His children to meet (the visible church) was for the purpose of edifying each other, helping, praying and confessing to each other. We know that God only can forgive, but confessing to others helps us with our struggles. James 5:16 concerns our duties, when someone is suffering or someone is sick. Mutual honesty, openness and sharing of needs will enable believers to uphold each other in the spiritual struggles. The energetic, passionate prayers of godly men have the power to accomplish much, Numbers 11:2.
---MarkV. on 10/26/10


We have to becareful what we confess. Sometimes speaknig with a sister in my congregation is helpful, however I take most my talks to God. the only time I "share" publically within my congregation to others is if I need help resolving an issue, but I recommend take everything to God first.
---candice on 10/26/10


See, Jesus, a lot of people agree with You, and me. Of course, what I get is from You, so, therefore, it is the truth and nothing but the truth. Hallelujah.
---catherine on 10/26/10


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Catherine (sorry perhaps I should call you Cain) Why do you continue to mispell Cluny's name?
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/26/10


If a Christian had to confess every little sin to feel at peace with God, then that Christian is in bondage. He doesnt believe he is set free from sin through faith in the work(the Cross) of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ came for a purpose, now believe it. Your set free. Rest in HIM.
---duane on 10/25/10


As far as confessing every sin to others, this is not Godly. We are however suppost to confess every sin to God (1 John 1:9). Have you confessed to God or just to man? God is the ONLY one that can forgive and cleanse you from ALL sins, man can NOT, man will just condemn and judge.
---Leslie on 10/25/10


James 5 links healing with auricular confession before the elders.
---Cluny on 10/25/10

I most ardently agree with this statement and believe this statement reveals the ONE reason why there is a lack of divine healing in our churches, because there is a the lack of true confession of sin.

It takes real hutzpah to openly confess your sins before the elders of your church. But as Cluny points out, our confession is not only to be before God, but also before our fellow believers. When we hide our sins to our fellow believers, we silently say to them that I am perfect, what is your problem? Do you have a lack of faith or a lack of maturity? We are in effect, LIEING to them. How can God honor that?
---Mark_Eaton on 10/25/10


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Greg,
If you read the book of James starting in chapter 4, he is giving examples of the pride that God resists (4:6). 5:1 says "weep and howl for the miseries which are coming to you."

5:14 "if anyone is sick" means spiritually sick. They have tried ther own way, but God has resisted them. They must humble themselves before the elders to be restored.

5:15 "the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick"

5:16 "therefore, confess you sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed"

Don't get caught in the trap of self effort to go to heaven. Jesus has redeemed us by His blood
---James_L on 10/25/10


John, talking to the believer, says to confess your sin. That simply means to agree that sin is sin. This closes the doors of opportunity taken by the enemy when we walk in darkness instead of in the light. If you open a door to the enemy by engaging in sin, the adversary will remind you constantly that you are sinning. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him (the adversary), lest he at any time deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. When you confess sin as sin, you are cleansed and the door is closed to the adversary who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Sin gives the enemy a palce. Cleansing washes him out of that place like a flood.
---Linda on 10/25/10


Before I get to cuny, look at this: The idea that God's business is to forgive and thus forgiveness is secured by any and all who ask, regardless of intent, has no biblical ground [Num. 15:30-36]===A young man who breaks the Sabbath, his judgment occurs on the spot....This defiant sin is treated differently in other cases+++[Josh 7, 1 Sam. 12, Psa. 51,] so it would be inaccurate to say there is no forgiveness for it, however, there is a grave risk of immediate and irrevocable judgment....N.T. The unforgiven sin>>>Mark 3:29 and Luke 12:10.....Now, Cuny, what is your problem? There must be 1000 Scriptures that shall back me up. Try looking in forgiveness of sin in the Bible dictionaries.
---catherine on 10/25/10


There is a Scripture and it's in there somewhere, which says that God is JUST AND faithful in forgiving you of your sins, if you will only ask Him. There are other Scriptures. Look-up, look-up. I'll find you some Scriptures, yes, I will. If that's what you want. GOD WILLING I'LL DO IT. MY GOODNESS, SAKES ALIVE....Now, this is love.
---catherine on 10/25/10


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\\catherine, can you or anyone here tell us where the Bible says to confess your sins to God alone?
---Cluny on 10/25/10


Matthew 9:6 - But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,

Cluny, if Jesus has the power to forgive sins, then why would we confess them to someone other than Jesus?\\

And where did the lame man actually CONFESS his sins? There's nothing about this in the chapter.

OTOH, Christ DID tell his apostles, "Whoever sins you forgive, they are forgiven, and whoever sins you retain, they are retained.''

James 5 links healing with auricular confession before the elders.
---Cluny on 10/25/10


Once in terrible condition on what looked like my deathbed I pursued this question by asking the Lord show me any sin that I need to repent of. And that's exactly what he did .
---mima on 10/25/10


catherine, can you or anyone here tell us where the Bible says to confess your sins to God alone?
---Cluny on 10/25/10


Matthew 9:6 - But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,

Cluny, if Jesus has the power to forgive sins, then why would we confess them to someone other than Jesus?

We can forgive others for offenses and they can forgive us for offenses, but we don't have the power to cleanse them from all unrighteousness.
---Donna5535 on 10/25/10


\\Cuny>>>Do you know of another person who can keep you out of HELL? Do you KNOW of another person who will keep all of your secrets? \\

Yes. I know several.

Now. Will you answer my question, please?

WHERE does the Bible say (giving Book, Chapter, and Verses) to confess your sins to God alone?
---Cluny on 10/25/10


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Cuny>>>Do you know of another person who can keep you out of HELL? Do you KNOW of another person who will keep all of your secrets? Righteous common sense. And it's all in the Bible. Study it. GOD, is the answer. Jesus Christ is the answer. Oh, MERCY ME, did I say Jesus? Oh my, how Satan hates that name. I cannot imagine why. Oh, I think that I have the answer. Only Jesus can forgive sins, and keep a lost soul OUT OF HELL, My friend.
---catherine on 10/25/10


\\Remember, God knows your sins. All of them. So, stay in prayer, asking Him for forgiveness\\

catherine, can you or anyone here tell us where the Bible says to confess your sins to God alone?
---Cluny on 10/25/10


Greg, what you're feeling is guilt from your sins that you've already confessed. Is that the case?

1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Once you confess your sins, and turn away from them, then you can believe God has forgiven you. Receive what the Blood of Jesus did for your sins on the cross (study it in the Bible).

If you have weak areas in your life, study that subject in the bible. If you have lust, study what the bible says to do with it. If you have a problem with fornication, study what the bible says about it. Same thing with other sins. The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edge sword, etc.,
---Donna5535 on 10/25/10


Yes, James 5:16 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." You confess, but also "pray for" each other, doing this in order to get "healed". So, we do this in faith, not with struggling and shame, but with trust and caring. And I think "healed" means healed together with God, more, so our character is cured by His love so we do better at not sinning. As we get healed more into God's love, we grow in His own almighty immunity against sinning and against emotional problems and personality disorder. We get "healed" into intimate sharing with our Father, and oneness with one another.
---Bill on 10/25/10


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Don't do it! Only if everyone in the congregation knows.....Remember, God knows your sins. All of them. So, stay in prayer, asking Him for forgiveness. Occasionally, He may lead you into confessing a particular sin. Don't be embarrass. There is freedom, in openness with the living God. And God respect those that are honest with Him. Come on!
---catherine on 10/25/10


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