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Accountability Is Scriptural (by Charles Stanley)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.   Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  (James 5:13-16)

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There are plenty of biblical directives about making ourselves accountable to one another. But for many, the idea of revealing personal information seems restrictive or even an invasion of privacy. Such confession seems a hindrance to the pursuit of pleasure, prosperity, and prestige. Most people prefer to keep to themselves and not involve others in their business.

The Bible, however, makes it clear that Christians are to support each other in this regard: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

Accountability in the body of Christ is a biblical principle. Church members take direction from their pastor (Heb. 13:17). Paul tells us to be subject one to another (Eph. 5:21). Yet he was answerable to the church (Acts 14:27), just as Timothy was subordinate to him (1 Tim. 4:13-16). The apostles were certainly under the authority of Jesus (Luke 10), even as Jesus was subject to the Father (John 8:28-29). Of course, the Bible tells us that the whole church is obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:24). Regardless of one’s position, everybody is accountable to somebody. And this holds true for the entire family of faith–from the congregation to the ministers to Jesus Himself, who served God the Father.

People avoid accountability for various reasons, including pride, ignorance, fear, and self-reliance. This is a dangerous approach to life. Our Enemy knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them. But we can prevail with the support of friends. There is strength in the body of Christ.

– a devotion by Charles Stanley

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2 thoughts on “Accountability Is Scriptural (by Charles Stanley)

  1. Kimberly Gail Warhurst (facebook) on said:

    I totally agree…..I will like to add to this. The Heavens are not oblivious to our secrets and the things I keep from the body of Christ on earth is hidden but at the same time my life is totally exposed to Our Heavenly Father and His angels. I like to say that when I get silly I like to think Im on a huge screen in the theatres up in the sky and angels are eating popcorn and deciding the plot. But I say that in all lightness but in reality I have to remind myself its easier to avoid the invisibles than someone that is not part of my dreams and is real that is not in my control. I struggle with pride issues and avoided church for a long time so I made myself a battleground for the enemy because I was defensive…..but I just reached out and just asked because I was at the end of my rope and lost all consciouse of everyones opinion and just because I was desparate not obediant, God blessed me and convicted me of this pride. Thank you for the confirmation.

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