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Jane Gibb

Jane and her husband Steve ministered at Trinity Baptist Church in Cairns, Australia for fourteen years before moving to serve as missionaries in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Jane has a bachelor of education. Jane is active in ministry in Vanuatu as well as being a busy mother of six.


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    Bobby, thanks for your thoughts. I went through a similar time of rethinking about the purpose of confession and my view of sanctification. I would really like to recommend to you an article by Andy Naselli that helped me think through the topic. He critiques the influence of Keswick theology on many fundamentalist’s view of sanctification. You should be able to get my email address through Jane, so if you are interested let me know and I’ll send it to you.


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    Jane Gibb

    I hadn’t thought about this issue from the viewpoint of Keswick teaching. Is that article available online so you could post a link here?

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    There is certainly some bad teaching going around regarding confession of sin, from a ‘total forgiveness’ view on the one hand to a ‘performance’ based legalism on the other.

    As I understand it, confession mends the broken fellowship with God in the believer who has sinned, and so allows progressive sanctification to continue. It is the means to an end, the purpose being to have a good relationship with God. As the author pointed out, confession can be problematic if it centres on the feeling of the individual, and becomes a work, rather than leading us back to God.

    Thank you for posting that, it was a good reminder.

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    Thankyou for sharing this. Amen.

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    Clint Jenkin

    Sounds like you were well-taught :)
    Keep it up…

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    Kristi Colas

    Good reminder, Bobby. I agree that we all default to thinking we need to earn God’s favor. Some Catholic friends of mine always respond to the Gospel by saying, “But that’s too easy!” It’s liberating to remember how the Gospel applies to the whole issue of confession.


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