What is it about human need that causes us to want to ‘confess’ our sins? The viewing of the hottest new reality show proves that some people like to share their dirt with others. It makes them feel better…or at least popular. Those in the counseling/psychology world know that getting the ‘junk’ from ones past to the surface can be healthy and healing in one’s mental health journey. And as pastors/teachers we could share how spiritual breakthroughs and holiness of life come about by sharing our sins and struggles and being real with other and with God which results in leading us to living a life of freedom. When we are free of sin we are free to worship wholeheartedly.
Now, as to my proposal: I’m not suggesting we place confessionals in our foyers necessarily, but why do we not practice – as pastors/teachers – a more ‘confession’-like accountability with our members? I know that our members may shriek at the idea of telling their pastors their sins, but why not? If we are trusted to be their spiritual guides, their shepherds, what happened to the trust of the clergy? (I know, that’s whole different post as well.) I know many of us don’t have time to ‘counsel’ each and every person in our churches, but how different would it be both in behavior and spiritual maturity if we had some sort of process similar to that of the sacrament of reconciliation?
Quote source:“Why not a protestant confessional so that every troubled person can go to his own pastor and find rest to his soul by relieving his mind of sin and sorrow and perplexity?”
Shall Protestants Adopt the Confessional? by George Barton Cutten
The North American Review
Vol. 229, No. 2 (Feb., 1930), pp. 200-205 (article consists of 6 pages) Published by: University of Northern Iowa
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25110950