Psalm 32:1-5 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The Greek word John uses for “confess” means “to say the same thing.” To say the same thing as who? To say the same thing that God says, therefore, confession is agreeing with God regarding your sin, sin’s severity and sin’s consequence.
Zion National Park in Utah has a trail called “Angel’s Landing”. It is a long hike to get to the trail, and once you get to the trail there is a drop of about 1500 feet. There are signs before you start the hike, and once you get to the beginning of Angel’s Landing that indicate how many people have died on the trail. They paint over the old number and marker in the new number of deaths as they occur. To call the trail a trail is a little deceiving, it is actually just the edge of the mountain averaging about 12 inches wide. There are large chains along the “trail” to hold on to. Ignoring the warnings of the danger of Angel’s Landing, and not agree with the need to hold on to the chain, but instead reckless walk that edge will surely result in your death. Agreeing with the severity and consequence of this danger will keep you from doing what you shouldn’t do. For a believing Christian to confess their sin to God not only cleanses them from all unrighteousness, but it is also entering into agreement with God that you should keep away from these things which you should not do.
Confessing our sin to God is VERY IMPORTANT. It is not surprising that Satan would “hi-jack” confession and put an unbiblical spin on it which results in religious ritual for some, and fuel for skepticism for others.