Hyper grace teachers deny the need for confession and forgiveness in the life of a believer. What they fail to understand, though, is that confession and forgiveness for a believer are NOT about obtaining justification, but about obtaining wholeness.
Over hundreds of pastoral counseling sessions, I have seen these truths time and again:
By grace, God allows us through confession to finally take ownership of problems and attitudes (and yes, also sins) that plague us – even after the Cross.
If we are not willing to openly confess our sins and our struggles, then we are avoiding the reality of continuing issues in our lives. And if we refuse to expose and own them, how can we turn them over to the Lord?
By grace, He allows us take the things we own up to, through confession, and then give them to Him through forgiveness.
Forgiveness is telling the Lord we are sorry for having made those things more important than Him and letting them control us, and finally submitting them to Him and asking Him to take them.
And He always does.
When we are willing to let go of our pain, hurts and bondage through confession and forgiveness, He always gives us something in return – freedom, health and wholeness.
And that results in repentance – we allow Him to change what we think, feel and perceive so that we then can act and react differently.
As believers, we don’t need confession and forgiveness to be made right in God’s eyes, but rather He gives us those gifts to be made whole in Him.
Any doctrine of “grace” which denies the need for these ordinances in the life of a believer is not “grace”, but bondage.