Do genuine Christians need to confess their sins and seek forgiveness and cleansing?

by Mike Ratliff

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 (NASB)

I am a firm believer in the Biblical Doctrine of Justification by Faith. Within that Justification is the Doctrine of Imputation of the Righteousness of Christ to the account of the believer. The Righteousness that God sees on our account is that of our Lord Jesus Christ which means we are forever in Him and will be for eternity. That is our Justification. What many people stumble over, however, is confusing this Justification with our Sanctification. We are positionally sanctified in the eyes of God (Romans 8:30), however, in this temporal reality we are still being called by our God to walk through the sanctification process that burns away what is not of Christ in us and replaces that with the image of Christ. This process may take a lifetime. Throughout that process we stumble. We make mistakes. We sin. I have heard that some teach that since we are justified by Faith there is no reason to confess and seek forgiveness and cleansing when we sin. Is that what the Bible teaches?

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