Confession is an important part of Christianity, but it is often misunderstood. It’s time to learn the positive side of confession and how to base your confession on the solid foundation of the Word of God.
Welcome to Part V of this very important lesson on “Understanding the Importance of Confession.”
As I was closing last week’s segment, I was discussing what the Book of Revelation says about each of us inviting the Lord to come into our hearts with our confession. Let’s go ahead and read those Scriptures again.
17 And the Spirit (the Holy Ghost) and the bride (the Church) say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever WILL, let him take the water of life freely.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Notice Revelation 22:17 says, “Whosoever will.” You see, it’s up to the individual. Yes, Jesus stands at the door and knocks, but, according to the Bible, each individual must open the door of his heart, and then Jesus will come in. If God could make people get saved, He’d make everyone get saved today, and we’d all go into eternity tomorrow. But God doesn’t work that way.
People can get over in a ditch concerning confession and confess for everything and everyone. I was told some time ago, one minister came up with a revelation along these lines and based it on the verse that says, “God is not willing that any should perish but that all shall be saved” (2 Peter 3:9). He claimed that if God is omnipotent, or all powerful, and He’s not willing that any should perish, then, He’s going to see to it that no one perishes. This man even said that the devil will be saved because God said He wasn’t willing that any should perish.
This minister went on to say that he had an aunt who had lived an immoral life. She died practicing sin. He said, “I always thought she died and went to hell. Now, I know she went to heaven because God is not willing that any should perish. And my old uncle, who was a drunkard, died drunk and cursing God. I always thought he went to hell. Now, I know he’s saved because God is all-powerful and is not willing that any should perish. If he’s not willing that any should perish, and He can do anything, then he is saved.”
But this minister forgot that Jesus said, “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16: 15, 16). Jesus said in Mark 16:16 that some people are damned, which means doomed for eternity.
We need to be careful not to get into the ditch on either side of confession.
Let’s go ahead and continue this lesson next week. Until then, be Blessed.
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