Repeating the mantra, “And forgive us for all our sins, for Christ’s sake. AMEN” falls short of spiritual standards. Words are not enough.

Before and after this ritual many people will show inhospitality. They judge others by what they wear or the way their children act. I’ve seen people enter church buildings, see what hymns are being sung, and walk out in protest. Others realize the youth pastor is preaching and so they just stay home or turn off their ears.

All the while these evil actions are condoned, even encouraged. And often these evil actions come from Elders, Deacons, retired Pastors, committee and board members. In a show of religious facade they do the “business” of the congregation while doing the “business” of the devil in their behaviour. And so many people in town think of them as models of religious ideals!

Psychology of forgiveness in a close relationship (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Psychology of forgiveness in a close relationship (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Words do not rescue us. God expects a functional element to any confession.

For instance, in the model prayer the forgiveness of our sins depends on our actions to forgive others (“Forgive us as we forgive others” (Matthew 6:12 God’s Word) ). How people pass over that, and think they fool God by using liturgical words of confession while their malice towards others is so well-developed, boggles the mind of a spiritual Follower.

In the Old Testament restoration standards are listed for thieves and other sinners. No restoration, no forgiveness.

We believe the religious deceit that forgiveness is an act offered by the priest. Right words by the right people means God is happy. NOT!

No one can cover-up their unrepentant attitude by any means before Creator.

“Whoever covers over his sins does not prosper.
Whoever confesses and abandons them receives compassion.
Blessed is the one who is always fearful {of sin},
but whoever is hard-hearted falls into disaster” (Proverbs 28:13-14 God’s Word).

[Remember heart refers to thinking – not feeling].

Words are not enough. Sin against someone and make amends describes a spiritual life. Empty ritual to fool God leads to “disaster”.

Don’t play a Christian in a life drama.

Be one.

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