OK, more than likely my title triggered a few!
When we hear “confession” we immediately think of a Catholic Church with the little doors into the little box where you talk through the screen to the priest. You tell him your sins and he tells you what to do to get them removed.
Confession literally means “to say the same thing as.” Therefore, confessing your sins, like in 1 John 1:9, has nothing to do with Catholic confessionals. It means to agree with God, to say the same thing as He does, about you and your sin.
However, none of this has anything to do with what I’m talking about here.
We are told all the time that salvation comes by faith alone. Yet the Bible never says this, and, if you read the Bible, you will see several other things we’re supposed to do.
When I say justification by faith and confession, here is the passage I have in mind:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
So, again, if you just read the words and go with what they say, Paul says if we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth we will be saved.
If that’s the case, and Paul is an inspired author of Scripture, why do we insist salvation is by faith alone?
Why do we insist upon making Martin Luther right and Paul wrong? It’s truly a bizarre thing to me. I honestly don’t get it.
I suppose the argument is that if we have to believe and confess, confess would be a work, and then our works save us.
I find this ridiculous. If the Bible says we’re not saved by works, but we are saved by believing and confessing, then believing and confessing must not be works he’s referring to!
I mean, it can’t be more complicated than that.
The Bible means what it says. I suggest we start listening to it and not defending dead guys’ theological scruples. Just an idea.