Top 10 Confession Killers
By Paula Marolewski
What inhibits us from the effective practice of confession, either
privately or corporately? Here are the top 10 confession killers:
- Shame. Often, it seems as if everyone else has their act together … surely
they don’t have any problems or struggles with sin! This
(very fallacious!) view leads us to shame, and an unwillingness
to confess our own faults.
- Pride. Then there is the case
for pride. The same pride that changed Lucifer, the angel of
light, into Satan, the prince of darkness, threatens us today
and everyday. When we are unwilling to admit, even to ourselves,
that we are sinners, we have allowed pride to cut us off from
the forgiveness of our heavenly Father.
- Ignorance. On the other
hand, sometimes we actually do not know what is and is not sin.
For new Christians, this is understandable. But for the rest
of us, it is not only not understandable – it
is inexcusable. We are called to know God’s Word well so
that we will not sin against God (Psalm 119:11).
- Sloth. Sloth was one of the original seven deadly sins, but
we tend to ignore it today. We’re simply too lazy to truly
examine ourselves and see where we went wrong.
- Self-abasement. Humility is good. A worm-of-the-earth mentality
is not. Humility drives us to God to confess. Self-abasement
makes us think that we’re so bad that God couldn’t
forgive us anyway, so why bother confessing?
- Culture. Our entire culture today focuses on being positive
and happy. This has even crept into the Church, where we often
focus so much on God’s love and goodness that we forget
his righteous judgment of sin.
- Ambiguity. Being vague is a great way to avoid reality. We
please forgive all my sins,” but we don’t actually
go about naming them. Then, we don’t feel quite so guilty
for continuing to commit them.
- Euphemisms. In our politically correct world, we are surrounded
by people who call “evil” “good” by giving
it another name, i.e., “alternative lifestyles.” When
we find better sounding labels for our own sins, it makes us
feel justified – instead of judged.
- Assumptions. We make assumptions
about God – we may think
he’s so good and loving that he’ll “let it
we don’t bother confessing, or we think he’s up there
with a baseball bat to bash us, and so we’re scared to
- Belittlement. We tend to view some sins as “smaller” than
others and therefore negligible – forgetting that all sin,
great or small, cuts us off from God.
Never forget John’s words of warning and hope in I John
1:8-9: “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves
and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” Don’t let these confession killers
© 2009 Paula Marolewski
Article Source: http://www.sinkyourroots.com
About the Author:
Paula J. Marolewski provides challenging and interactive adult Bible
studies for individuals, Bible studies, small groups, and adult Sunday School
classes at Sink Your Roots. Studies
include such topics as Debunking
the Myths about Knowing God's Will. The site also offers free weekly Seedlings - “Little
thoughts that grow big results.”