Remember when you were younger and your church had testimony service?
People old and young would come to the pulpit and open their heart with long tales
of how God "saved them from their sins" and ask the congregation for their forgiveness?
But it all honesty, is confessing your sins to the congregation really necessary?
The bible tells us
1 John 1:9 ESV: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Another scripture says:
James 5:16 ESV Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
What about this powerful word:
Proverbs 28:13 ESV Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Well for one minister, being transperent in the name of righteous deemed to be TOO much.
In Connecticut, Bishop Bobby Davis admitted to his church about an affair he had
then drops dead of an apparent heart attack. Davis, pastor and founder of the Miracle
Faith World Outreach Church in Bridgeport, had a lot on his mind on Sunday and wanted
to come clean about it before the church’s congregation. The Connecticut Post reports
that police are investigating the incident, indications are that he suffered a fatal heart
attack after getting a mixed response. “After the service on Sunday, the bishop’s family
asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that
happened long ago,” parishioner Judy Stovall told the newspaper about Davis.
“He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness.”