This past Sunday, I preached from James 5:13-18 and was struck by God’s desire for the church body’s involvement in confession of sin. Yet, some take certain aspects of this too far. Here are some good rules of thumb:
- If you have sinned against a brother or sister in Christ, go to that brother or sister in Christ and confess to them one-to-one (see Matthew 5:23-24).
- If you have sinned, but not against anyone in particular (except God, or course), find a mature Christian of your gender and share this with them for accountability and for partnership in prayer.
- If you have sinned against the church body or your sin affects the church body, confess it to the church body.