"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin" (I Jn 1:7).
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Prov 28:13).
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I Jn 1:9).
"It is essential for a person to be convicted of himself as a sinner and believe the gospel and repent for the remission of sins" (Mk 1:15).
We must admit our convicted sins before God and confess them to an authorized minister of God in God's presence and obtain the remission of sins and get the counsel of God through him, for God has authorized His disciples to remit sins.
Jesus breathed on them, and said unto them, "Receive ye the Holy Spirit; whosoever's sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever's sins ye retain, they are retained" (Jn 20:22-23).
But in these days many who claim that they walk according to the Bible and their church is being led as per the Holy Scriptures, hide this prime truth with their hypocritical words which come out of their mind and teach men to confess their sins in privacy to God in prayer. Thus they prevent people from obtaining perfect salvation by introducing the teachings of iron curtain. This is not a true teaching.
The Bible says, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Rom 10:10).
The power of forgiving sins is connected with the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:21-23). The teachers who have not received the Holy Spirit have no power to forgive sins. The authority of forgiving sins is the key which God has given to the church (Mt 16:19, 18:18).
The churches of the beginning confessed their sins in this manner and were saved (Mt 3:5-6; Acts 19:18). This precept is also seen in the old testament (Num 5:6-8).
Remission of sins and baptism are linked with each other. Only immersion baptism is mentioned in the Bible. Believers ought to be baptized. They should be baptized for the remission of sins (Mt 3:6; Mk 1:4-5; Acts 2:38), to wash away the sins (Acts 22:16; Eph 5:26-27); to die to sin; to be buried into the death of Jesus (Rom 6:2-4); and to be saved (I Peter 3:21). They should confess and be baptized.
"Confession" means open solemn declaration. But the false teachers having no authority to be apostles change the truth of God and hide the way of obtaining the remission of sins which is ordained by God, competing with one another, they prevent people to get the perfect remission of sins and overcome the sins. They and their followers are living in sins, hypocrisy, distress and imperfection, having defiled conscience all the time.
God may command peace in an answer to the prayer of a person who is in distress. But he must confess his sins to an authorized minister of God. Otherwise, soon he will be troubled with the thoughts of past sins and his peace will be destroyed. Moreover, he will be instigated to commit the same sin. Each one can experience this in their own spiritual life. Controlling ourselves by self-righteousness is not the Holy life. Holy life is the nature of a born again Christian who is like a new creature. Only animals are bridled to be controlled. New character is seen naturally in the new man who is born again. That is forsaking unrighteousness and walking in righteousness.
God grants new life, peace of mind and victory over world, flesh and devil in the name of Jesus to those who confess their sins, and obtain remission of sins. Come unto Jesus through the straight path. In these last days "New Jerusalem Church" declares repentance and remission of sins very clearly to the world.
COME AND RECEIVE REMISSION OF SINS AND REJOICE!
CHIEF PASTOR N. LAZAR, NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH, CHURCH LANE, TILAK NAGAR, DARGA ROAD, BHANDUP, BOMBAY 400078, INDIA
This article was published by Chief Pastor N. Lazar, New Jerusalem Church