"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith." (Romans 1:16-17).
I recently spoke to a brother who has just moved and was looking for a new church home. One of the churches he took a look at was an emergent type that seemed to stand for sound doctrine, but had at least one very troubling aspect. This particular church requires in their "accountability" groups that each person confess all their sins to one another!
Though I realize that churches are aiming for more "authenticity" and "transparency" (and this can be good), this approach of confessing every sin to one another has a multitude of potential pitfalls! In this blog post by pastor Tullian Tchividjian, he brings us back to the gospel as the power-source of Christian sanctification. One of the ironies in the Christian life is that if we spend more time meditating on what Jesus has already done for us, and quit thinking so much about what we have to do or not do we would grow more steadily into maturity. Our Lord Jesus has already met every demand of the law for us . . . we need to remember this as we determine to grow in Him.