Summary: A look at how a confession doesn’t always mean that we are now right with the Lord...it muct be followed by change!!!
“Confession Doesn’t Mean Much”
Now I hope that some of you today came in and saw the sermon title and thought... “What, is this a typo? Is the pastor really preaching a sermon that says confession is no big deal? I thought that was a pretty big deal here.”
You know...in one sense you would be right. Confession is a pretty big deal around here, when it is not alone. But confession itself is not that big a deal!
Let me give you some examples; There is a list a mile long of murderers, thieves, abusers, rapists, and liars who admit and confess to what they have done.
But they don’t care. They show no remorse, and if given the chance will do the same again.
Now, some of you right now are beginning to differentiate between confessing to police and confessing to God. Well, hold on. You might think confessing to people and confessing to God is different.
When you confess to people your just admitting you’ve done something, but confessing to God is totally different...but is it? Lets look in the Bible at a few certain cases....
1) We often speak of Moses and the Exodus. And we have often times talkedabout the plagues God sent on the Egyptians, right? Well, long about the time God sent the plague of hail something dawned on the Pharaoh, and he called Moses in. He looks at Moses and confesses, he said, “ This time I have sinned, the Lord is in the right...”.
Great, right? No, all he did was confess, and when Moses prayed and things got better, he went back to what he was doing before. He continued his oppression of the Israelites until God set them free.
The Pharaoh confessed under the pressure of a crisis. Many of you do the same. God, I’m wrong your right, just get me out of this. But that’s all it is a confession.
2) I Samuel chapter 15 tells a story of King Saul. Now Saul was sent to destroy the Amelikites completely. Destroy everything, God had planned it this way years and years before when the Amelikites attacked the Israelites and Moses. And now, Samuel tells Saul to carry it out, destroy everything...keep nothing.
Saul keep the king as a hostage, and all the good cattle and sheep. Samuel approaches him, and Saul after being told he will no longer be king...confesses, “I have sinned, I violated God’s command, I was afraid of the people and I gave in, please forgive me and go back with me.”
This is just a confession. Why? Because even though he says, “forgive me, he follows it with, and go back with me.”
It is a confession with hopes that he can smooth it all over. It’s the ‘ol non-sincere “O I’m sorry now lets just call it all square and forget this ever happened.”
Saul was asking Samuel to go back to worship at the site of where he was sacrificing what God told him not to keep. He just didn’t get it. It was a confession only to get out of trouble, it was insincere and did not work!!!
3) In Joshua 7:20, there is the story of Achan, the man I told you of recently who kept the gold and silver when God said destroy all of Jericho.
He too when confronted, said this, “It is true, I have sinned against the Lord.....” But this happened when, after he was caught, and he thought it would benefit Him.