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Old 22nd July 2013, 10:25 PM
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Do we have to confess our sins to another person?

Do we have to confess our sins to another person? or is praying the prayer of forgiveness the same thing, because I read that you have to confess your sins to another in order to be healed I think?

its just that I do not know who to talk to, and its kinda embarrassing saying that you are sorry for masturbation?
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Old 22nd July 2013, 10:30 PM
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If you're Catholic, there are Confessionals. I don't know if there's anything like that in other denominations.

Your sins are between you and God, and that's it. You pray for forgiveness, as long as you are truly repentant.
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If you're Catholic, there are Confessionals. I don't know if there's anything like that in other denominations.

Your sins are between you and God, and that's it. You pray for forgiveness, as long as you are truly repentant.
thanks I'm not sure if I'm Catholic or not, but if it says this in the bible I suppose we all have to confess our sins?
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No God is the only one who needs to be talked to for forgiveness. But talking to another person is good for accountability and growing one another in your walks. It has to be someone you trust and someone who is spiritually mature. Scripture is clear that we are called to walk our Christian journeys together sharing in one another's burdens and praying together and for one another.

For growth yes for forgiveness no...
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Old 22nd July 2013, 11:10 PM
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NO you dont have to.
Whatever it is you need forgiveness from is between you and your Heavenly Father. No one else GETS to forgive sins except GOD ALONE.
NO ONE. Not earthly fathers, not priests, not ministers, no one but GOD.
If you heart is heavy and you feel like sharing your feelings with another, by all means do so but no one else has power to forgive sins except God.
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thank you everyone, it just feels that whatever I try and do that God does not seem to want to talk to me or show me any signs that I really need to know about something, and that I wonder that maybe I need to confess my sins to people? I have not really done anything that I need to confess apart from masturbation, but thats embarrassing to tell someone about?
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Old 22nd July 2013, 11:27 PM
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James, in his epistle, tells us to confess to one another. At the end of the Gospel of John we read how Christ granted the Apostles to participate with Him in His ministry of reconcolliation: "Whosever sins you forgive are forgiven, and whosever sins you retain are retained." Through the laying on of hands the Apostolic ministry was passed on to the next generation of leaders, the bishops/presbyters, who share in that same ministry of reconcilliation.

So to answer the question, yes. That, or there is a lot of Scripture to reject.
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thank you everyone, it just feels that whatever I try and do that God does not seem to want to talk to me or show me any signs that I really need to know about something, and that I wonder that maybe I need to confess my sins to people? I have not really done anything that I need to confess apart from masturbation, but thats embarrassing to tell someone about?
There are many "embarrassing" things that I confess, the one you mentioned being one of them. But at the end it is always like a weight being taken off my shoulders. Also, there are many sins in my life that I never began to overcome until I started bringing them to confession. It's good stuff.
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thank you everyone, it just feels that whatever I try and do that God does not seem to want to talk to me or show me any signs that I really need to know about something, and that I wonder that maybe I need to confess my sins to people? I have not really done anything that I need to confess apart from masturbation, but thats embarrassing to tell someone about?
You have already confessed it here so why do you have to beat yourself about it. Confessing your sins to people has nothing to do with whether God will do something or not. Don't put God in a box
And if you are daily confessing masturbation sins to Jesus, would you rather not ask Him to help you stop it?
There is confession of sins and there is repentance as well. your willingness to repent from sins is what gets God to move and help rid you of that stronghold which that sin has on you.
When you confess to the Lord, repent and ask for help from the Holy Spirit.
You seem to worry a lot and remember worry is something Jesus said not to do.
Many things are racing through your mind and the enemy is also using that platform to fill your mind and thoughts with whatever he can use to get you down.
Stand strong. Say no to condemnation, they are not from God. even when you sin, and you start to feel condemned, say NO. Quote the verse where it says "There is no condemnation for me because I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus"
God has got you. He is with you, but you have too many worries and concerns that you just cant feel Him. God is quiet, and you enter in His presence when everything is calm around you.
God knows everything you are going threough, and He is with you. Remain strong...pray, praise Him, worshp Him. Adore Him, even when things are going wrong.
REMEMBER Its when you praise and love on God so much EVEN IN the midst of your troubles, He will show up.
The biggest issu/problem you have is nothing to God. He can solve all your problems for you. Just trust Him, believe in Him, dont judge God's love by what you see, hear feel or are going through. Know He truly cares.
Join a church if you have none. Constantly commune with God
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Healing is available to you whether you confess your sins to others or not. Healing is free because of Jesus' finished work.
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