What does the Bible and our God say about forgivess of our sins?

Would you be so kind as to share the position of your church on sin and forgivness of sin.

Also please identify your faith so we can better follow the dialog.

Continued Blessings,


Church of England.

That true repentance will result in forgiveness from God, and that God will forgive even the most wicked offender if he seeks forgiveness. That God has left power to his ministers to offer absolution.

Judaism does not believe in original sin; rather, it says we are born in a state of innocence with the potential to do good. Further, we have both an inclination toward goodness and develop an inclination toward evil. The term “evil” in this context means an aggressive, self-centered drive which is nonetheless essential for our survival. When this drive is abused, however, it can become truly evil.

With regard to the forgiveness for sins, Judaism believes that with sincere prayer to do better the next time and sincere good deeds toward others (including animals as well as humans), any and all sin can be cleansed. If we sin toward our fellow man, however, we must attempt to make amends directly toward them and not depend only on prayer toward G-d. The atonement for sin, according to Judaism, must be done at the personal level rather than relying on someone else to redeem us, and it must be done directly to G-d, no matter how insignificant the attempt to atone may seem. Contrary to popular belief, this was true in ancient times as well as today. The atonement of the High Priest by means of animal sacrifice and the scapegoat was never a primary means of forgiveness in Judaism. One may also pray to G-d on behalf of another person’s welfare, but one may not ask others to pray for them as a substitute for one’s own prayer, nor ask a deceased person, for example a parent, to pray for them. In my own experience, I have found the latter prohibition is more honored in the breach than the observance.

Since you respectfully ask for the position of my church on sin and forgiveness of sin, as well as the identity of our faith, let me state that I am a Reformed Baptist, and permit me to quote from the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith regarding the issues.

First, with regards to sin:

1._____ Although God created man upright and perfect, and gave him a righteous law, which had been unto life had he kept it, and threatened death upon the breach thereof, yet he did not long abide in this honour; Satan using the subtlety of the serpent to subdue Eve, then by her seducing Adam, who, without any compulsion, did willfully transgress the law of their creation, and the command given unto them, in eating the forbidden fruit, which God was pleased, according to his wise and holy counsel to permit, having purposed to order it to his own glory.
( Genesis 2:16, 17; Genesis 3:12,13; 2 Corinthians 11:3 )

2._____ Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all: all becoming dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.
( Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12, etc; Titus 1:15; Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-19 )

3._____ They being the root, and by God’s appointment, standing in the room and stead of all mankind, the guilt of the sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation, being now conceived in sin, and by nature children of wrath, the servants of sin, the subjects of death, and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free.
( Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22, 45, 49; Psalms 51:5; Job 14:4; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 6:20 Romans 5:12; Hebrews 2:14, 15; 1 Thessalonians 1:10 )

4._____ From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions.
( Romans 8:7; Colossians 1:21; James 1:14, 15; Matthew 15:19 )

5._____ The corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.
( Romans 7:18,23; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:23-25; Galatians 5:17 ) [1689 LBC; Ch. 6]

And again, concerning salvation:

1._____ Such of the elect as are converted at riper years, having sometime lived in the state of nature, and therein served divers lusts and pleasures, God in their effectual calling giveth them repentance unto life. ( Titus 3:2-5 )

2._____ Whereas there is none that doth good and sinneth not, and the best of men may, through the power and deceitfulness of their corruption dwelling in them, with the prevalency of temptation, fall into great sins and provocations; God hath, in the covenant of grace, mercifully provided that believers so sinning and falling be renewed through repentance unto salvation.
( Ecclesiastes 7:20; Luke 22:31, 32 )

3._____ This saving repentance is an evangelical grace, whereby a person, being by the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold evils of his sin, doth, by faith in Christ, humble himself for it with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrency, praying for pardon and strength of grace, with a purpose and endeavour, by supplies of the Spirit, to walk before God unto all well-pleasing in all things.
( Zechariah 12:10; Acts 11:18; Ezekiel 36:31; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Psalms 119:6; Psalms 119:128 )

4._____ As repentance is to be continued through the whole course of our lives, upon the account of the body of death, and the motions thereof, so it is every man’s duty to repent of his particular known sins particularly.
( Luke 19:8; 1 Timothy 1:13, 15 )

5._____ Such is the provision which God hath made through Christ in the covenant of grace for the preservation of believers unto salvation; that although there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation; yet there is no sin so great that it shall bring damnation on them that repent; which makes the constant preaching of repentance necessary.
( Romans 6:23; Isaiah 1:16-18 Isaiah 55:7 ) [1689 LBC; Chapter 15]

There are other topics worth touching upon in the LBC, including Christ’s role as mediator, saving faith, etc., but here is a sample of the answer requested. All excerpts were taken from here, for those who are curious:


From the Augsburg Confession

Article XIX: Of the Cause of Sin.

Of the Cause of Sin they teach that, although God does create and preserve nature, yet the cause of sin is the will of the wicked, that is, of the devil and ungodly men; which will, unaided of God, turns itself from God, as Christ says John 8:44: When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own.

Article XII: Of Repentance.

1] Of Repentance they teach that for those who have fallen after Baptism there is remission of sins whenever they are converted 2] and that the Church ought to impart absolution to those thus returning to repentance. Now, repentance consists properly of these 3] two parts: One is contrition, that is, 4] terrors smiting the conscience through the knowledge of sin; the other is faith, which is born of 5] the Gospel, or of absolution, and believes that for Christ’s sake, sins are forgiven, comforts 6] the conscience, and delivers it from terrors. Then good works are bound to follow, which are the fruits of repentance.


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