Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tullian Tchividjian Says Forgiveness Isn't Dependent Upon Purity of One's Confession

Christ's forgiveness of your sins is not dependent on the purity of your confession, but rather the purity of his sacrifice.
End quote.

As Karen from Girded with Truth blog shared,

CONFESSION OF SIN. We know that this is absolutely necessary to salvation. Unless there be a true and hearty confession of our sins to God, we have no promise that we shall find mercy through the blood of the Redeemer. "Whosoever confesseth his sins and forsaketh them shall find mercy." But there is no promise in the Bible to the man who will not confess his sins. Yet, as upon every point of Scripture there is a liability of being deceived, so more especially in the matter of confession of sin. There be many who make a confession, and a confession before God, who notwithstanding, receive no blessing, because their confession has not in it certain marks which are required by God to prove it genuine and sincere, and which demonstrate it to be the work of the Holy Spirit.
~ C.H. Spurgeon

So true.

A heart that does not *really* agree with God that one's sin *is* sin, is still in rebellion toward God and is still married to his sin. This is nothing but phariseeism. Mouthing the words, but the heart is far from God, still standing in pride and self-righteousness.
Rom 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 

1Jn 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
1Jn 1:10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

Psa 51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

If the professed convert distinctly and deliberately declares that he knows the Lord’s will but does not mean to attend to it, you are not to pamper his presumption, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved. Do not suppose that the Gospel is magnified or God glorified by going to the worldlings and telling them that they may be saved at this moment by simply accepting Christ as their Savior, while they are wedded to their idols, and their hearts are still in love with sin. If I do so I tell them a lie, pervert the Gospel , insult Christ, and turn the grace of God into lasciviousness.” 

~CH Spurgeon


lyn said...


You may be interested to know that John MacArthur teaches we do not have to confess our sins as believers - here's a quote from him...
"To say that a believer has to keep on confessing for forgiveness, is to make forgiveness contingent on confession. Did you get that? If that's a believer, then it means every time you sin, you have to confess to be forgiven. And I read several books this week that said that. That you have to confess to be forgiven. I don't believe that. I don't believe a Christian has to go through his life constantly, constantly, constantly, asking God please forgive me, please forgive me, please forgive me. You know what you're doing, you're making a mockery out of the cross. Jesus said at the end of the cross, "It is finished." Once you confess and ask forgiveness, He cleanses you from all sin.And to deny that I believe is to deny the full work of the cross and the word that says all our sins are under His blood."

here's the link to the sermon from MacArthur -

Denise said...

Hi Lyn,

That actually isn't accurate. Here's what MacArthur has taught:

"There is no way a forgive person can then be reversed, as it were, out of that condition of forgiveness and held before the judgment bar of God to pay ultimately for his own sins. I just want to make it very clear that all our sins are forgiven and yet in spite of this gracious, merciful generosity on God's part toward all of those who repent and embrace Jesus Christ we are still, according to 1 John 1, we are still known as Christians because we continue to confess our sins. And that is what verse 9 is saying, if we are confessing our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And we looked at that in some detail and pointed out that is not a command, that is a statement of fact. True believers are habitual confessors who therefore demonstrate that their sins are continually being forgiven. We are still known as penitent. We are still known as eager to repent, as confessors of sin."


He's saying that once we confess our sins as the Spirit brings them to our attention, we don't need to continually confess that particular sin over and over again. If we confess with God that we committed that sin (whatever it was at the time---a lie, let's say as an example), then we need to recognize that we are forgiven at the Cross of Christ, and then strive to not lie again.

A constant confession of a particular sin is unbelief in the payment of Christ at the cross. It's the erroneous view that I have to keep on confessing that sin forever if I *really* want to be forgiven, in which case, then, it is actually relying on ME, not the finished work of Christ.

I hope that clarifies it more.

Denise said...

Lyn, this will help too:

It is true, as I said, that all our sins are forgiven insofar as the judgment of God is concerned because He meted out that judgment in Christ. It is true. It is also true that we need to continue to ask the Lord to forgive our sins. Both are true, both are taught in Scripture.....
You have already been declared free from the penalty of sin forever by God who has His justice satisfied through the sacrifice of Christ. So bathing illustrates the forensic forgiveness of justification, washing illustrates the fatherly forgiveness of sanctification.

He says you're clean. You appear before God as clean and righteous. You are free from the penalty of sin in your justification. But then there's the matter of your sanctification and you need to be continually washed from the presence of sin and the power of sin. You don't need to be justified again, you just need to be being sanctified. And it is in that fatherly sense, it is in that sanctifying sense that Jesus tells us...Say to the Father...Father, forgive us our sins...

But be honest and realistic and though you are set free from the penalty of sin, you have not been delivered from the presence and power of sin and while you don't need to be justified again, you need to be continually washed. Sin needs to be confessed and forsaken as a regular pattern of life, not before a judge who will otherwise condemn us to hell, but before a Father who will otherwise chasten us. And that too is clear from 1 John 1:9. We go on confessing, and He goes on forgiving and cleansing.

The on-going confession does not bring justification, the on-going confession is related to sanctification. The forensic decision regarding our freedom from the penalty of sin has been made, it's inviolable, it can't be reversed, we pointed that out. The fatherly concern for our holiness and our sanctification is related to the on-going confession and forgiveness. In Christ we have forever satisfied the judge. He will never be displeased. But God as Father is displeased when we behave sinfully.

~John MacArthur, "Total Forgiveness"