Q. I recently heard a teacher state that Christians will be judged for their sins which have not been confessed. He said that if sins were confessed and forgiveness was asked, the sins would not have to be accounted for. However, he said that if we have unconfessed sin, we will be judged for it, not for salvation, but be judged for it nevertheless. Is this something that is Biblical? I can’t seem to find this teaching for judgment of Christians for their sins.
A. There is a Catholic tradition that some sins we commit in this life and fail to receive forgiveness for before dying will cause us to be consigned to purgatory for a time until we’ve worked them off and qualified ourselves for heaven. Maybe this is what your teacher was talking about.
But stop and think about this for a minute. None of your sins had been committed when Jesus went to the cross and died for them. And yet Colossians 2:13-14 says He forgave all our sins. That means all the sins of our life, not just the ones we’ve confessed, were covered at the cross. When we accepted the Lord’s death as payment for them the slate was wiped clean.
2 Cor. 5:17 says if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, that the old has gone and the new has come. In Romans 7:18-20 Paul taught that all our sins after being saved belong to the old self, not the new one. Hebrews 10:14 says by the Lord’s once for all time sacrifice he has made us perfect forever.
You couldn’t confirm this person’s teaching in Scripture because it doesn’t exist there. The Catholic tradition of purgatory is not Biblical either.