I have a husband that had an had unfullfilled need for intimacy with others ( parents, siblings, friends).He was brought up in the mexican barrio, and has lived a lonely, violent, and poverty stricken life since he was born. Life was unfair to him.That has resulted in powerful emotional tensions that are relieved by compulsive, uncontrollable behaviors that are immature. He has developmentally failed. It dates back to the early phases of his life, which is present to some degree in everyone born into a fallen world. He was an alcoholic for fifteen years- he has not drank in five years. I has accepted the Lord- but the behaviors that manifest themselves in relation to others are unhealthy, and abusive. He has substituted alcohol for nicotine. He has a problem with anger. Now he has just become tempted to look at porn- which he felt compelled to look at approximately four times. Times are so rough living with him on a daily basis. However, I can see his pain, and torment because he truly loves God, and wants to be set free. Please pray deeply for him that he would not continue to be a slave to his former life. Please pray that he would want to do whatever God wants him to do in order to be set free. Since he has a problem with anger - there are times when he will have great motivation to read the scriptures, but other times, when there seems no victory in sight- he quits in frustration. Thank you so much for offering to pray for him. He needs God's help so badly.
Response from New Jerusalem Church:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Greetings in Christ! Here's the problem. Sins should be confess to an apostle authorized of God for prayer and God's counsel and deliverance in the Name of Jesus Christ. Unless confessed openly to the man of God, sins will come back and haunt us until the judgement day. 1Tm:5:24: Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.
In New Jerusalem Church, sins are confessed even as in
Nehemiah 9: 2: And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
In the old testament, King David confessed his sins openly to the man of God and received forgiveness. He confessed his adultery with Bathsheba and was forgiven. If he had kept it to himself and had been satisfied with confessing it to God so others won't know about it and lived a hypocritical life and hid it from the man of God, God's wrath would have been on him since he had already stated that the man who committed the adulterous act similar to what he did should be killed. The judgement he pronounced upon himself let alone God's wrath did not fall on him because of his solemn unashamed confession to the man of God in front of everyone--his bodyguards and all his subjects who stood before him.
Frankly we don't need any explanation to understand that confession of sins is important. When we go to the doctor's office for sickness, we allow our physical bodies to be examined and provide the doctor with details on symptoms, reasons and give all information we would consider extremely confidential with no restraint. If we do this confession for healing of the body to a man made physician should we not much rather confess our sins to a God authorized minister of God, an apostle and receive forgiveness, deliverance and God's counsel on how we can avoid falling into the same trap again.
God's counsel from the man of God is critical to winning the battle against sin. This is clear from the following incident:
2Ki:6:8: Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.
2Ki:6:9: And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.
2Ki:6:10: And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.
Note: Many say there is no record on the New Testament of Open Solemn Public Confession of Sins. This is a lie of the devil. Acts 19:18 states clearly that many came to the church and confessed their sins--they shewed their deeds--they manifested openly their sins.
Ac:19:18: And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Ac:19:19: Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
But not all sins can be confessed in the church, therefore these must be confessed in private to the man of God.
Open manifestation or confession of sins to the man of God will cause these sins to be judged in the church and forgiven by the blood of Jesus. Unconfessed sins hid from the man of God will follow all to judgement later where they will inherit God's wrath and perdition to an eternal lake of fire.
Send confession of sins by email and request prayer that these sins will be forgiven and deliverance will be obtained in Christ, and we will send them to our chief apostle and he can pray and give God's counsel. Slavery to sin is a common problem globally and we have delivered many including those who called themselves prophets through this truth in Christ and His Word. Millions who refuse to confess their sins to the man of God, are struggling eternally because of their rejection of the truth which is clearly expounded in the Word of God.
John 8:31: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
See those who believed in Jesus had yet to be delivered from their sins through the truth.
Rom 6:17: But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
We need to know the doctrine of confession before we can be delivered completely from sins. Holiness is a natural character and is not a result of being bridled like an animal. We can have the natural character or the inborn nature of God by purifying ourselves through the true doctrine. Apostle Paul writes to those who practised this Biblical doctrine and were delivered from sin.
Rom 6:18: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Please read the Bible Study Article
Remission of Sins
which will explain to you why many are struggling and confirm how easily they can be delivered by obeying God's Method.
No one can cover his sins before God and God already knows our sins so there is no point in confessing our sins to God. God has authorized His apostles to remit sins. They alone can completely deliver sinners in the Name of Jesus by the power of almighty God vested in them. This we are sure is the only hope for true deliverance from sins attainment of perfection by Jesus Christ. Jesus has left His apostles in this world as His true representatives to complete the work He already started 2,000 years ago. They are His true representatives. New Jerusalem Church has Chief Apostle N. Lazar who has been authorized of God to (1) forgive sins and (2) deliver people from their sins in the Name Jesus globally.
M't:9:4: And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
M't:9:5: For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
M't:9:6: But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
M't:9:7: And he arose, and departed to his house.
M't:9:8: But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
Yes God gives His authority to men of God, His true apostles, to forgive and raise up from the bed spiritually sick sinners. New Jerusalem Church has such apostles and therefore we can deliver those who obey the Word of God preached by us. There is no other church or denomination that has been entrusted with this ministry of reconciliation and has been called to prepare the church for Christ's return by presenting the church without spot or wrinkle or any blemish.
Eph:5:25: .......... Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph:5:26: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph:5:27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
2Co:5:18: And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co:5:19: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Jesus has sent His apostles into the world with the same authority that God the Father sent Jesus with into the world with the ministry of reconciling us to God and perfecting us in preparation for Christ's imminent return. Therefore, this is the pure unadulterated truth from God's Holy Word, which alone can deliver people from their sins and prepare, sanctify and transform them when Jesus comes.
True apostles have this authority, the authority to present every person in the church perfect in Christ Jesus. Apostle Paul talks about this authority he received from Christ:
Col:1:28: Whom (Jesus Christ) we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Col:1:29: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working (Apostolic Authority), which worketh in me mightily.
Yes Jesus gives true apostles to His true church and has sent them with all authority even as the Father sent Him. Those who do not have this authority and try to deliver others regardless of their claim, are like two men in sinking sand trying to help each other and further are similar to two blind guides both of whom shall fall into the pit.
John 20:21: Then said Jesus to them (HIS APOSTLES) again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
John 20:22: And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
John 20:23: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
1John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1John 1:9: If we confess our sins (to the man of God), He (Jesus Christ) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God Bless You!