I have a precious friend who asked a very important question that all of us ponder at times. I decided to ask for help here: http://pastorglenn.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/salvation-by-grace-through-faith-look-at-the-overwhelming-evidence/
and he was so kind and helpful that he actually devoted an entire post at his blog to my request for help. Pastor Glenn has a great blog. He studies hard and thinks very deeply as he strives to know the heart of our Heavenly Father and his Holy Word.

Pastor Glenn's Weblog

“If I’m pretty sure that I’m going to commit the same sin again, how can I repent and turn the other way?  Does confession at some point become a lie?”

What a great question!  It came to me from the comments of a fellow blogger, who then asked me for my opinion on it.  It’s a great question because it is so honest, because it reveals the depth of our sinfulness, and because it reveals the nature of genuine faith in Christ.

The simple answer is, “No.  Confession of that nature is not a lie; it is, in fact, more honest than most confessions.”  Moore to Ponder’s words about 1 John 1:8-10 are a great commentary on this point.  (My gut reaction is to say that the most damaging lie we could utter is “I have no sin.  I sinned once, but I will “never” commit “that” sin again.)  True confession…

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4 Comments

  1. Debbie said,

    May 27, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Great great question and awesome answers! You are a wonderful friend and woman of His! Thank you for all you do! love you! deb

  2. May 27, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Thank you, for continually providing daily “meals” for those of us who a lot of times just don’t have the heart to “cook”.

    Love,

    Theresa

    .

  3. Pastor Glenn said,

    June 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the link. You have quite a following and are having a huge positive impact on others. I can tell because of the number that came to my site from your link. Thanks for the encouragement, the great comments, and the good questions. God is using you. Keep up the great work. And you really do know more than you give yourself credit for.


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