The Scriptures teach that when we sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous 1 John 2:1. Also, in 1 John 1:9 we are told that if “we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The idea that the only way one can confess sins or receive forgiveness for sins is to come forward at a church service and make a confession for those sins, is not found in scripture. While it may be appropriate, at times, to do that, it is not mandatory. If one sins and is aware of the need for repentance, to make them wait until the next church service to confess that sin and have prayer is not only dangerous, it is without scriptural precedent. The sooner one can take care of such matters, the better. For these reasons, I cannot say that what the querist describes is unscriptural.
Published in the OPA January, 2002