Guilt might also hold a role in the retention of a system for repeated forgiveness. As a young preacher, I discovered that much of what people judged as good preaching created guilt. I was actually once told by a congregant that I needed to “step on toes harder”.
Why do people desire this brow-beating? I think it is because our consciences create guilt and we need a means to deal with that guilt. We might not see the need to confess our sins to a priest or pastor, but individual confession to God and asking Him for forgiveness relieves this guilt. It gives us a way to get rid of it.
All of these ideas create a failure to fully accept and understand what the Bible says about our holiness and righteousness. They actually reduce the full meaning of the work of Christ. And they reveal a faulty understanding of the New Covenant relationship we now have with God.
From the book UNFILTERED GRACE: BELIEVING THE WHOLE GRACE MESSAGE!