What is public confession of our faith ? For me it is admittance to the public that i am dead on my own and that my hope is in God and His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Is public confession telling the world we are perfect ? No not at all, we are still vulnerable like every human being is but we have God as our refuge, our fortress.
Is public confession telling we are better than others ? No the Bible tells for us to esteem others better than ourselves. For example one way of public confession is water baptism. Even Jesus came to John to be baptised.
Public confession is not about us but about Jesus. Jesus died on the cross publicly for us.
But you may say public confession will subject me to public scrutiny. Yes it will but anybody who believes in Jesus knows that his or her sins are forgiven or paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible says we are to do works worthy of repentance. If we used to steal we will have to return what we stole if we still have them. It could also mean confessing a crime we have committed.
Public confession means when Jesus comes there is no more sins to confess because confess or not Jesus knows them anyway.
Public confession means removing our mask if we have any.
Do we have to tell the world all our sins ? I do not think so.
Here is the bottom line, ask the Lord how do we stand before Him.
Lord Jesus am I really yours ? will you take me to your kingdom when you come ?