Didn’t Paul teach that some will have the proper "sorrow" leading to salvation, while others will have the "sorrow of the world" that "worketh death"?
This passage is not talking about salvation from hell, rather it is talking about salvation from our own self destructive conduct.
“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing” (II Corinthians 7:9).
Repentance simply means a change of mind. Hence, we change our mind about what we did. We do not feel guilty, guilt can only bring damage. We simply change our mind about the behavior. The Roman Catholics will say we should perform penance. This means to pay a penalty of some kind. It is interesting to note that penance is never found in your Bible. We do not have to pay a penalty because Jesus Christ already paid any penalty I would have to ever pay. There is no double jeopardy. Protestants use a word called “penitence”. This means to feel sorry for sins. The problem with this word is it also is not found in your Bible. It fails to recognize that your sins are already paid. There is not a sin that can be imputed to you.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (II Corinthians 7:10).
Penitence produces worldly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is where we go through some ritual to try to get back into God’s good graces. We call this sorrow by another name. Often it is simply called guilt. Guilt is an inward reflection. Guilt is a thinking process that has the focus on self. Any time we focus on self we have created a system for failure. Our verse says that “Godly sorrow” is produced. This leads to salvation, not from hell, but salvation from defeat in our Christian walk. This type of sorrow does not produce guilt it produces repentance (a change of mind), or a change in the thought cycle that produced the erroneous action. If we all learned to walk in grace we would never have to go back under a defeated system of works. I thank God I live under an Identity Based Acceptance rather than the failed system of Performance Based Acceptance. Those that have worldly sorrow will never experience salvation in the behaviour they want freedom from.
“For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter” (II Corinthians 7:11).
Verse 11 above is the best description of how “Godly sorrow” works. It produces a total change of thought. It is not an inward reflection, which leads to guilt. Rather, it is a total clearing of the thought process that lead to the evil actions that were committed. It produced repentance, which produced a new way to think. This produced salvation from the action so that I would never again have to repent (change my thought process) of the action.
The only conclusion left us is that the Body of Christ has no part in the doctrine of confession. If we would but realize this we would see people enjoy the freedom that the total forgiveness of sins has wrought through God’s Grace in this dispensation of grace. Many dear saints would finally experience the freedom from the law that grace has induced. We should all rejoice in what Christ has already accomplished.