Breaking the chains of confession of 1 John 1:9

Break thee church chains!

The Grace Base

1 John 1:9 has kept the church bound in chains for centuries. So for Christ’s sake (and for our sake) let’s get a grip on what this verse actually means.

Traditional teaching has turned this verse into a ritual: sin, confess, forgiveness, sin, confess, forgiveness. Someone called it a Christian ‘bar of soap’ that we use to cleanse ourselves when we feel dirty because we have committed some sin or other.

But the fact is, Christ cleansed us once for all on the cross. We are always clean. Those feelings of uncleanliness we may have are rooted in guilt and shame – brought about by the very thing we our trying our hardest to keep: the law.

But just as there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, there is also no shame. Christ took our shame on the cross. Our shame, our guilt, and all our sin…

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2 thoughts on “Breaking the chains of confession of 1 John 1:9

  1. […] The Anglican church has embraced the opening chapter if John’s letter, that we are to confess our sin to be purified by Christ (without telling us that this was written to ‘unsaved’ Gnostics’ or that the word ‘confess’ has no meaning of asking for forgiveness attached to it. See article). […]


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