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When Is Confession A Sin?
 "If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed."
The
Call to Honesty

1 John 1:9.

James 5:16.
 
What an awesome promise!   ...How could this ever be wrong?
 
I recently
had to do with a tragic situation. A happily married couple, with a much-loved eighteen-year-old son,
were completely destroyed, by – a 'confession'.
 
 
The wife felt that she owed it to her husband to confess that the son whom he so dearly loved was not actually his, but the product of a secret extramarital affair, that many years before.
 
 
Utterly devastated and in shock the husband committed suicide by hanging.
He survived a few days with a broken neck, and, before he succumbed, his very attached mother suffered a stroke from her shock at his situation, dying even before her son –
leaving the young eighteen-year-old completely broken and distrustful of his only remaining parent.
The fruit of
one confession
The shockingly
horrific effect of this wife's 'righteous' act is more than enough to show it's true character before God!
 
 
There is no merit in confession – ever!
 
 
True confession is simply a 'fruit' or expression of repentance:
a turning around, a change of direction, in one's personal life;
     not regret for the past but a turning around in the present!
 
Too
often, what appears as a confession, is simply an effort to feel better about past misdeeds by 'confessing' to the victim of that misbehaviour, without particular concern for its effect on that victim. Acting from a desire to feel righteous/good, at the expense of someone else, is – SIN!
 
The Lord
Jesus wisely said concerning our behaviour, particularly of religious persons, that –
"...no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. "
Luke 6:43-44.
When
the apostle John gave us the first quote in the heading above, he was speaking of confessing to God and to God alone who forgives sin, for it is He alone who has paid the just price in Jesus Christ for all our sin.
 
When
James of Jerusalem gave us the second quote in the heading above, he was speaking in the context of restoring relationships between Christian believers and the awesome result which spiritual unity then brings, for he preceded it with –
"Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged"
For that reason the sick person is to call for the leaders of the congregation, and their laying on of their hands on that person then expresses their identification with that person as part of their spiritual fellowship. It is not a ritual. This restoration of Christian relationships is thus the prelude to that divine healing, hence the promise.
James 5:9.
For
that reason also the apostle Paul raises this issue of sickness when dealing with Holy Communion/Eucharist/Lord's Supper/Mass, as it's celebration is meant to be an honest mutual confession of Christian oneness in Christ –
"When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own ...
... That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died"
His correction is not a defence to protect the elements of the Lord's Supper from the unworthy but a defence of true Christian unity at a very personal level, or the joint celebration is hypocrisy in God's name, which is the worst blasphemy!

1 Corinthians 11:20-30.
Holy Communion is
never a private matter!
Christianity
is not a collection of moral techniques for life...
Christianity proceeds out of the love of God's heart which took Christ to His Cross, and nothing less than this is righteousness toward one another, so it would never do harm to another in any way, no matter what seductive reasoning for internal relief there may be for an individual for 'telling all...'.
 
 
 "By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." 
No matter what the price of our personal discomfort may be!
1 John 3:16.
     Remember, that regardless of the history of a relationship, reconciliation is possible –


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