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She Freaked Out

A fellow in our church felt guilty about bad thoughts and a dream he had involving a lady so he told her the details and she freaked out. Do you think he should have confessed this to her?

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NO, he should have kept his dreams to himself.
---Susie on 6/27/07


TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE!

In naive honesty, he thought he sinned against this woman, so he "confessed his sin" 2get forgiveness.

Dreams are not reality; hospitals are full of people working out dreams inappropriately.

It is OK to admire another woman for her godly characteristics, and appropriately tell her so with others present, but now he created a situation where one or both will be forced to leave church.

Talk to pastor about his gaffe, seeking reconciliation.
---John_T on 2/10/07


Jim, the confessional is NOTHING like Christian counseling. One is a waste of time and the other is Christian counseling.
---Jerry on 2/1/07


You go into a confessional and confess your sins to another sinner, and then he tells you to go and say so many hail mary's, etc. and your supposed to be forgiven. NOT!
This is sacrilegious!
I'm a real Christian now, and I know for sure that only Jesus can forgive the sins of man. I have been in many a confessional in my life, and I will not be back there, for sure.
---GeorgeMcCabe on 2/1/07


Jack...are you saying that christian counceling is the same as catholic confession?
---JIM on 2/1/07




** Jack, I can tell they are not talking about in the confessional booth with a priest. I don't believe that junk since I left the Catholic church. What they mean is he should go to his Pastor for some Christian counceling on this subject.**

Sounds to me like it's EXACTLY the same thing.

Auricular confession is auricular confession.
---Jack on 2/1/07


Jack, I can tell they are not talking about in the confessional booth with a priest. I don't believe that junk since I left the Catholic church. What they mean is he should go to his Pastor for some Christian counceling on this subject.
---Dan on 1/31/07


Jack: I suggested confessing to the pastor because it involved offending a sister in the church. This would be the right thing to do, before the sister goes to the pastor or the elders to complain about being harassed by this fellow. It has nothing to do with regular confession of sins. It is to keep the spirity of unity that the Church seeks.
---Madison1101 on 1/30/07


**He was totally wrong and should confess this to the pastor, if he wants to make it right.**

But NEVER, NEVER, NEVER make confession before a priest, right, Madison?
---Jack on 1/30/07


NO ! This guy sounds pretty dumb. What did he think she would do? Sounds like your friend needs Christian counseling. Tell him to pray for widom. God promises to give us wisdom, but only if we ask in faith.
---Jake on 1/30/07




NvBarbara...You're right on that one. I don't even tell my husband some of my dreams. LOL!!!
---Susie on 1/30/07


WRONGO! Things get real weird in dreams often. If I were to share some of my dreams you guys would KNOW, not just THINK I'm loony!
We can't control what goes on in our subconcious. Elder says he dreams jokes often in his sleep!
---NV_Barbara on 1/30/07


What purpose was served?

People have NO control over their dreams. The will is suspended during sleep (obviously), and therefore what you dream about has no moral implications.
---Jack on 1/29/07


What he did was totally inappropriate for him to do. He violated this woman's boundaries and sense of safety. He was totally wrong and should confess this to the pastor, if he wants to make it right. He should also seek therapy or counseling to learn appropriate boundaries with women.
---Madison1101 on 1/29/07


No,he should have ask God's forgiveness for the bad thoughts,even the dream if needed,but he did not use wisdom in sharing it with the lady. In fact the very act could be seen as an attempt to see if perhaps the lady might be interested in him. He sinned with the thoughts,because he allowed them to stay,and made it worse with the confession which was a type of subtle seduction. He should have fought it all with prayer,and the Word of God not given in to acting on it in any way.
---Darlene_1 on 1/29/07


Absolutely not. That was flesh, and not wise. And if the dream was full of lovey-dovey junk, he willfully pushed those thoughts on this woman.
---Cindy on 1/29/07


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