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Confess Our Sins To Each Other

Does the Bible tell us to confess our sins to each other or to a priest?

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Catherine,catherine: God deals with us in many different ways but if we are saved we should feel conviction in our spirit when we have done or said something we know is wrong(sin) and out of line. We need to be able to listen to His still small voice and repent accordingly. Some people never stop long enough to be led by the Spirit of God. They are basically carnal Christians with no direction and no anointing in their lives. Missing out on most of their blessings from God.
---Robyn on 7/15/07


The Bible saids that God deals and corrects those people that He loves. I wonder how many [people] on these blogs God deals with and corrects. If God never deals with you over sin then you are not saved. Come on fess up.
---catherine on 7/14/07


Yes we should confess our fault one to another. Jesus is our High preist who makes intercession for us. We confess to him because he is the only one who has access to our Heavenly father. We confess one to another so as not to be in bondage by guilt, shame, or other sinful behaviors.
---Marcia on 7/14/07


When we sin it does say confess our sins to God in 1John 1:9. That's where we get our forgiveness. Yes,in James 5:16, it does say confess your sins to another.
---Rickey on 7/14/07


Good posts Darlene_1 & Rebecca_D. The Bible definitely tells Christians to confess our faults (sins) to each other, i.e., JAMES 5:16 .
---Leon on 6/6/06




If we wrong someone, we go to that person and confess to them asking that person for their forgiveness. But it's inappropriate to go to some other person or priest who has nothing to do with the wrong that was done, and confess to them and ask them for pardon, for they were not the person whom was wronged. This is not a Christian practice, but a catholic practice.
---Eloy on 6/6/06


James5:16 "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,that ye may be healed" does not specifically have to do with asking forgiveness. I've found this very helpful if I have an ongoing problem with a certain temptation and can "confess" to a fellow believer/s. There is a release in just telling another person, plus it automatically puts me in a position of accountability to them. There were times I'm not sure I would have had victory without doing this
---Donna2277 on 6/5/06


mima, if I had to go into that dark little box to confess my sins, I might as well bring a brown bag lunch cuz I'd be in there all afternoon. Seriously, where is the scripture to say that a priest can forgive sins? Can the Apostle Paul forgive sins? NO. However, we can choose to forgive others for betraying us, etc., when they do something unforgiveable to us, we CHOOSE to forgive them. So we can forgive others, Jesus said "70 x 70."
---Donna9759 on 6/5/06


To eachother. The bible says that we will overcome by our testamony's. We need to confess our faults to one another to be stronger in the Lord and to overcome the battles in our everyday life. A friend understands more than what a priest would. They hear things everyday and tell you to say three hail mary's and don't do it no more. Well even though we are christians we still need to have a good friend to talk to to help ourselves as well as them.
---Rebecca_D on 6/5/06


James5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. In effect this tells all Christians,love one another,care about others well being,lift up your brother,bear other's burdens. NT Christians are all priests unto God and therefore we are all charged with praying for others. It doesn't mean it has to be Clergy to hear and pray. We can all intercede/pray to God through Jesus,he is the true intercessor.
---Darlene_1 on 6/4/06




Helen, the long tradition of interpreting this passage disagrees with you.

FWIW, Lutherans retained private confession.
---Jack on 6/4/06


I believe that Helen's post best answers this question. I know of no scripture that tells us to confess our "sins" to one another.
---mima on 6/4/06


I think that the words of James refer to our going to the person we have sinned against, confessing what we have done and asking their forgiveness. It is obvious that God is not the only one who can forgive, the Lord's prayer makes it clear that WE are to forgive those who sin against US. However that is only when it is personal, I cannot, for example, forgive you for sinning against your neighbour, I can only forgive you if you sinned against me personally. God can forgive ALL sins that we repent of.
---emg on 6/4/06


God's word does not to tell us to confess our sins to anyone other than to God Himself. The book of James (5:16) where it says "Confess your faults one to another" I believe is referring to a brother or sister who is struggling with an issue in his/her life, for example addiction, but not to confess sins to another. There is only One Who can forgive sin and that is God .. that is why He sent His Son to die on the Cross for the sin of mankind ... Jesus is our only Mediator.
---Helen_5378 on 6/3/06


It's curious that St. James's exhoration to do that very thing in Chapter 5 of his letter is blended with calling the PRESBYTEROI (which KJV translates "elders," but actually means "priest") to anoint the sick with oil.

In other words, it's part of the SAME THING.
---Jack on 6/3/06


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