When A Person Becomes A Christian, Does He Still Need To Confess When He Sins?

sin is like a wall
Sin in our lives becomes a wall that keeps us away from Jesus. Repenting of sin can break that wall.

Matthew 6:14

“For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.”

Mark 11:25

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing.”

If you notice that forgiveness from the Father starts with your relationship with other people when it comes to showing them forgiveness.

The phrase “your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.” It assumes that the individual will ask [repent] for forgiveness when he falls into sin. 

By forgiving those who wronged you, it shows a characteristic of God in you. When you go to the Lord to confess your sins, He will forgive you.

Also, in both Matthew 6 & Mark 11, the statement is future tense. The passage is not only referring to when it occurs at the moment but, when it happens in the future which means that repenting is an ongoing process as we are living in a sinful body on a sinful world.

1 John 1:8-10

8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

To say that we do not sin anymore is to claim that we do nothing wrong all the time. That is self-deception. A person who convinces himself to believe that and does not confess his sins to the Lord, his relationship with Jesus who is the truth starts to die according to the passage in verse 8.

By confessing our sins to Jesus, He will faithfully, all the time we repent, forgive us and put us in right standing with Him again. When a child of God is in disobedience, He will not use us as we are in sin and He is a holy God as Isaiah 59:2 reveals, “But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.”

Sin is a wall that gets between you and God. The wall will separate you from the Lord which will hinder your prayers from reaching Him as sin keeps you away from His presence. We see this in Micah 3:4 which says, “Then they will cry out to the LORD, but He will not answer them. At that time He will hide His face from them because of the evil they have done.”

1 John 2:1

“My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One.”

  • Advocate-[an intercessor] When we sin and go to Jesus to confess our sins, He will support us and speak on our behalf to the Father in heaven. 

God’s Word helps us from sinning against the Lord and keeps us in right standing by feeding our faith. We see this in Psalms 119:9 which says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word.”


In verse 11 of the same chapter, it says, “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.”

The Scriptures are very clear, confess your sins to Jesus so that your relationship with Him stays strong or else it will start to deteriorate.

7 Replies to “When A Person Becomes A Christian, Does He Still Need To Confess When He Sins?”

  1. Excellent post, my brother. According to God’s Word, I agree 100%

    I am starting to see an alarming number of people beginning to speak against repenting of sins after accepting salvation.

    While we should not be running to confession booths, as the Catholics do; It is important that we go directly to God, in prayer, for forgiveness of any sins we commit knowingly or unknowingly.

    1. I wrote this post today because my cousin who is a Christian believes that you don’t have to repent anymore. He asked me to do the study and to call him today to talk about it. At least he is willing to hear me out. I will call him in a few to do the study with him. Hey Marques, why are Christians believing this? I haven’t heard of it until recently.

      1. Honestly, I think some of tis is a response of the legalistic practices of the Roman Catholic Church and some sectors of the Baptist denomination.

        Below are two posts from a fellow Blogger, named Lee, regarding born again believers continuing to seek forgiveness/repent for sins.. I do believe Lee loves Jesus, and isn’t attempting to intentionally spread false doctrine, but his interpretation of scripture is different than what you and I believe regarding believers repenting. I have engaged him in friendly discussion, on some of his posts last year. For the sake of not entertaining any nonbelievers who may be reading the posts, God just led me to just pray that Lee and others would gain clarity of the truth on this subject.

        This one has a Youtube Video:


        He does a better job of explaining things here:

        1. Thank you Marques, I will check out those links you gave me. The danger in not repenting is that one won’t feel sorry for doing things that displeases the Lord and after awhile it will produce the death of their faith in Christ, showing that it wasn’t genuine, meaning they never had the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin. Lee and others alike are in a dangerous place.

  2. You are so right.

    Please kep sharing the undilluted Word of God, my brother. I know you have a heart like mine.

    We just want to share posts that are in line with God’s Word, so that we don’t lead people astray.

    I just want to please Jesus with anything that I post.

  3. Amen, Marques. At the end of the day, Jesus will ask us, what did you do with the truth that I revealed to you? That is the question that Jesus will ask us. I know it is not easy to correct people who preach false doctrine and expose workers of darkness who purposely preach false doctrine. At least there are Christians in WordPress as yourself Marques who are writing messages directed by the Holy Spirit. I appreciate you, Marques, may you continue to do what you are doing.

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