We have a tendency to understand absolution as a transaction -- we repent and confess and then we're given forgiveness. Because forgiveness is what God gives sinners, but only once they've repented and confessed (enough), right? Squirm with Sandra this week as Pastor Riley drives home the point that it's not too much Gospel that leads people to sin, but they sin because they don't believe the Gospel. We are so free in Christ that we don't even need to confess to be forgiven because it's a gift given -- for free.
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