So, here is my main question, what of accountability for believers? Do we really need to confess our sins and shortcomings with others? Is it something that is clear in Scripture? What about the Holy Spirit? I thought we could trust him to lead us into all truth. My personal opinion is that I can share my life with my friends, not just some random person that I barely know in a group setting, and let them speak openly and honestly into my life. However, I would only do this if I trust the person and know that they clearly know the truth of the Gospel and who they are in Christ. Otherwise, I may get a lot of confusing advice just to fix me. I think I will stick with the Holy Spirit as my guide, first and foremost. And when I need to talk things out with a trustworthy friend, I will. I value my friend's thoughts. I think God can use others in our life to share truth. However, I do not believe I 'have' to have accountability. Also, I would much rather have my friends speak truth into my life reminding me of who I am, despite my struggles. My hope as I speak with my friends is that I will always point their gaze upward and be of great encouragement. Not try to fix them, because in God's eyes they are already fixed. Amen!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Okay, so what thoughts do ya'll have on accountability? I would really like to know. My old church believed very strongly in accountability and having accountability groups. Confessing areas of sin and struggle, and then having someone hold you accountable as you press on to 'grow' or defeat sin areas. I will be honest, my husband recently told me I should be accountable to someone for my actions, or for my lack of actions. I realized, you know, that means accountability is more like a drill sergeant to keep you in line. Or at least that is how he meant it, and honestly I think that is how a lot of Christians mean it. The funny thing is the more you want to 'do' well and not have any area of sin or struggle in your life the more you will, if taught this principle, embrace accountability. At least that is how I see it.......I mean why on earth do pastors need to push accountability? What are they afraid of? And why can't they learn to trust the very life of Christ that now indwells every believer? And why oh why do they constantly regard everyone after the flesh? Are we our flesh, or are we who God says we are?