Telling God the Truth…About Ourselves.
It’s from the Scottish Confession and in reciting it you confess that you have broken each one of the Ten Commandments with impunity and then you ask God for His forgiveness for doing so.
“I, a poor sinner confess to you Almighty, Eternal, Merciful God and Father that I have sinned in manifold ways against you and your commandments.
I confess that I have not believed in you my one God and Father, but have put my faith and trust in creatures more than in you my God and Creator, because I have feared them more than you and for their benefit and pleasure I have done and left undone many things in disobedience to you and your commandments.
I confess that I have taken your holy name in vain. I have often sworn falsely and lightly by the same, that I have not always professed it or kept it holy, as I ought, but even more I have slandered it often and grossly with my life, words, and deeds.
I confess that I have not kept your Sabbath holy, that I have not heard your holy word with earnestness, nor lived according to the same, Moreover, I have not yielded myself fully to your divine hand nor rejoiced in your work done in me and in others, but have often grumbled against it stoutly and have been impatient.
I confess that I have not honored my father and mother, that I have been disobedient to all who I justly owe obedience, such as father and mother, my superiors, and all who have tried to guide and teach me faithfully.
I confess that I have taken life, that I have offended my neighbor often and grossly by word and deed, caused him harm, grown angry over him, borne hatred and envy toward him, deprived him of his honor and the like.
I confess that I have been unchaste. I acknowledge all my sins of the flesh and all the excess and extravagance of my whole life in eating and drinking, clothing and other things, my intemperance in seeing, hearing and speaking, and in all my life, yes, even fornication and adultery and such.
I confess that I have stolen, I acknowledge my greed. I admit that in the use of my worldly goods that I have set myself against you and your holy laws. Greedily, and against charity have I grasped then and scarcely if at all have given them to those in need, the need of my neighbor when he required it.
I confess that I have borne false witness, that I have been untrue and unfaithful toward my neighbor, I have lied to him, I have told lies about him, I have failed to defend his honor and reputation as my own
I confess that I have coveted the possessions and spouses of others; I acknowledge in summary that my whole life is nothing else than sin and transgression of your holy commandments and an inclination toward all evil.
Wherefore I beseech you heavenly Father that you would graciously forgive me these and all my sins. Keep and preserve me henceforth that I may walk only in thy way and live according to thy will. All of this through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, our Savior. Amen”
I can pray that every day and never in my prayer do I lie or exaggerate.
I’m a leader of sorts in the church with a larger platform than most.
I’m a pastor.
I still can pray that prayer every day in truth and ask for forgiveness from real sins.
I’m not good, I’ve been redeemed.
Because I’ve already told God the truth about myself, I have no problem sharing that truth with you.
I am no different, no more anointed, no more holy than you…I just have a different calling.
If your expectation for me is that I am different, more anointed, more holy than you, then you force me to lie to you about who I really am.
I’ll lie to you and far worse, I’ll lie to God.
If my position depends on my goodness, I’ll live a life in front of you that is a carefully crafted series of lies in order to keep my position.
I won’t repent in front of you and because I don’t, you won’t either.
Should I be at risk of being exposed, I’ll do whatever I must to cover myself and ruin you.
I just explained to you how things work in the church today…and how splits happen and why they can’t be healed.
Make your own application…