Welcome to the 1st episode of the Grace Cafe Podcast with Mike & Susan Adams. We’ve been podcasting for almost two years on the Chief Sinner Podcast and the Known & Loved Podcast. We recently decided to make a fresh podcasting start and launch something new. The Grace Cafe Podcast is the result of that decision. The Chief Sinner/Known & Loved podcast will still be available in your podcast app, but no new episodes will be added beyond episode 82. In addition to our regular episodes in the Grace Cafe, we have identified 30+ episodes from the Chief Sinner/Known & Loved podcast that we will be bringing over slowly as bonus episodes, marked as Chief Sinner/Known & Loved favorites.
In this inaugural episode, we talk about a subject that’s foundational to Christianity – the confession and forgiveness of sin. It’s a topic that gets muddled and confused sometimes. We read Bible passages like 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins” and come away with the mistaken belief that unless we keep accurate records of our sins and keep confessing them as they occur, we’ve fallen out of God’s good favor. In other words, we live in fear that in this type of ongoing sin confession, we might miss one and lose any hope of true forgiveness and eternal life.
But is that what this passage is saying? Is that the interpretation the Apostle John would want us to come away with? We don’t think so. Such an interpretation leads to false feelings of guilt, condemnation, and failure. Does our forgiveness of sin depend upon our ability to accurately and completely recollect them all and confess them all, leading to our forgiveness at that moment in time, only to be repeated at some future moment to experience forgiveness all over again up to that moment in time?
We can easily become neurotic about sin when we think forgiveness from God is based on our performance in this way. We start to think we have to clean ourselves up to a certain level of righteousness before God will accept us. But that’s a futile attempt to secure forgiveness and righteousness by works. Let’s talk about it.
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