The command to confess in order to be forgiven seems to conflict with justification. The only alternative to confession is denial â€“ claiming to be free of guilt which is self deception and not being defined by truth about God and self; calling God a liar, and being separated from Godâ€™s Word (the purpose of which is joy and peace). Confession is the opposite â€“ admitting to sin and sins and the sinful affections behind self-deception and having the truth in you. It must be heartfelt and public. Give glory to God!