Sinners aren’t called to confess their sins but that they are a sinner. Saints are called to confess their sins. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,…” 1 John 1:9. The only reason God can justify the believing sinner or repentant saint and maintain His Holiness is because of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. God always looks to the Sacrifice. By confessing we are a sinner in need of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we are covered by the Blood of the only Sacrifice God will accept for our sins. By maintaining our faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross (not 40 days or 18 ways), the Sacrifice for our sin remains. “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more Sacrifice for sins.” Hebrews 10:26. Willful sin is placing our faith on anything other than Jesus and Him Crucified. Faith in what we do is willful sin and not acknowledged by God at all…just ask Cain, he had plenty of faith in his sacrifice. When we place our faith in things such as positive confession (declaring certain scriptures in an attempt to build man made faith), casting demons out of Christians who in reality don’t have dominion over their sin nature because their faith is in that prayer instead of what Jesus did on the Cross and rebuking the test that the Lord is allowing us to go through instead of seeking understanding for spiritual growth, we are committing spiritual adultery; we are wilfully sinning.
Our faith must always be in what Jesus has done and not what we have done. Many say we must do our part when our only part is having faith in the Gospel of Jesus and trust the Lord to order our footsteps. Good works will always follow proper faith; not the other way around.