The Gift of Corporate Confession
We regularly implement times of corporate confession in our services. But not everyone agrees it is valuable. I’ve received pushback along the lines, “You don’t know my heart; you can’t force me to confess to those things…” Such critiques are understandable, but they stem from a misunderstanding of the purpose of congregational confession.
When the church confesses sin corporately, we are not indicting every individual in the congregation with committing every one of these sins. It is not a blanket accusation. To be sure, there are some leaders whose modus operandi consists of accusing and damning their people. But that’s not gospel alignment; that’s the devil’s work. Corporate confession, when done correctly, is an instrument of grace designed to help God’s people honestly assess the state of their hearts.
Unveiling our Hearts
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