We finish James today with a passage that has deeply troubled me. You and I have heard portions of this quoted, always out of context – The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. I believe that to be true, but I also believe that it desperately needs it’s context to be true.
I have also had people occasionally ask me why we don’t do this part: Therefore confess your sins to one another ... Why don’t we do that? I have often hesitated, hemmed and hawed, and tried to make excuses of interpretation. For example, James didn’t mean that we should confess our sins, but that we should confess that we are sinners. We should agree with God on that issue. Except that’s not really what James says. He says that we ought to confess our sins to one another. And there will be the result – so that you may be healed.Read More