Confessing sins to one another

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  1. Joe

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    Hello Everyone :)


    During a discussion in the Repentance thread, some indicated that sorrow for past sins was a sign of true repentance, using biblical examples as proof. I wondered if confession to another person is suppose to occur during the repentance process.

    In your opinion, can a true repentance take place without confession of sins to another person? Is the confession of sins and request for forgiveness to our Lord enough? If one committed sins which could send one to hell, does that make confession to another person mandatory to repentance/salvation?

    If it is mandatory for repentance, can the confession be to a non-christian?

    I am aware this may primarily be a Catholic teaching so maybe it is not taught amongst various Baptists because it is not considered necessary.

    Thank you
     
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  2. Brother Bob

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    2Pe 1:7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

    I take it to mean, to be willing to confess to your brother that you may or did trespass against him. Also, that we should always not only pray for ourselves, but pray for our brothers and sisters. IMO
     
  3. Helen

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    If you have caused hurt to someone sinfully, go to him or her, confess it, and ask for forgiveness and DON'T DO IT AGAIN!

    Confessing to someone not involved may make you feel your conscience is eased, but it does nothing for the one you hurt.

    If the one you hurt is dead, then by all means talk to your pastor or a trusted Christian friend. Anything more could easily be construed as gossip.

    And always confess everything to the Lord. It is HIM we have offended and insulted, first and foremost and from HIM the forgiveness is so necessary.
     
  4. Joe

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    Thank you Brother Bob, :thumbs: that explains it very well.


    Helen your advice is greatly appreciated :)
     
  5. TCGreek

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    1. Not necessarily, since Repentance is an internal activity.

    2. But it would be go if we can really experience James 5:13-20 in our churches.

    3. But at the heart of it, Repentance is a heart and mind issue before God.
     
  6. Joe

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    I am not sure what you mean by it would be go...?
     

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