I have a Protestant friend who posted lyrics from a favorite song of her’s that include the line, “The cross has made you flawless.”
When I asked her if the Crucifixion of Christ really made me flawless, she told me that, “Because of Jesus went to the cross we are forgiven from past and future sins. We have been cleansed. All we had/have to do is accept this gift. FLAWLESS.”
This seems like a blank check to sin to me. If all my future sins are already forgiven, what’s to stop me from sinning? So I asked her if this is a blank check to sin freely?
She then told me, “You see, with acceptance of forgiveness you have to acknowledge that you have done wrong and repent. With repentance, you are turning away from acknowledged sin. If you are really sorry, you won’t do it again. And when we fail, we keep trying all because of the love of Christ and he keeps of forgiving (even before we do it).”
Being new to the Catholic faith, I am not sure how to discuss this with her further. But, for some reason the theology behind her argument doesn’t seem correct.
Has Christ’s Crucifixion on the cross forgiven me for future sins even before I commit those sins? If so why am I going to confession, if they have already been forgiven?