Religion

Confession in America is firmly rooted in the Protestant faith. The Puritan settlers of America came with a Biblical basis of confession and its importance. Through the long history of the Christian Church, confession has happened in different ways--confession booths, public confession, private confession, forced confession (although, really, nobody expects a Spanish Inquisition. But they do happen.).

The following are a listing of scriptures that show characters in the Bible making various types of confession. If you are unfamiliar with Christian scripture, you should read a few to get an idea of where confessional culture in America began. There are a lot of quotes. Feel free to skim.

Leviticus 26:40
But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers-their treachery against me and their hostility toward me...

Leviticus 5:5
When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must confess in what way he has sinned

1 Samuel 7:6
When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the LORD . On that day they fasted and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the LORD ." And Samuel was leader of Israel at Mizpah.

Ezra 10:1
While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites-men, women and children-gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.

Nehemiah 1:6
let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's house, have committed against you.

Nehemiah 9:1-2
On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads.

Psalm 32:5
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD "- and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Psalm 38:18
I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.

Proverbs 28:12
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 16:13
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"

Mark 1:5
The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

John 1:20
He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ."

John 12:42
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;

Acts 19:18
Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.

Romans 10:9
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:10
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Romans 14:11
It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "

2 Corinthians 9:13
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

Philippians 2:11
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:13
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his,"and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

Hebrews 3:1
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

Hebrews 13:15
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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