QUESTION: What are today's Methodist called to believe concerning confession?


The Prayer for Purity of Heart sums up the Methodist outlook.

Almighty God, to Whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In daily life we are to recognize our complicity in the sins of the world, our failures in moral issues, and our downright disloyalty of the Way of Christ.

And we are to confess our faith to other people. That is to say aloud what we believe when appropriate.

Pastor Delton

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QUESTION: Are today's Methodist called to confess their sins to each other? Ken Gadbow

Methodists are encouraged to maintain relationships in the Mind of Christ. There is no requirement to confess sins to each other. That could soon turn into a situation where counseling would be appropriate. Human dynamics become complicated when people begin to confess to each other. I suggest that you ask your pastor about this issue.


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Delton Krueger


United Methodist Pastor, District Superintendent, Conference Executive for over sixty years. Book of Discipline and General Conference experience. Also provider of information regarding the sacred days of the great world religions. Experience in working with many world religions and in business at Mall of America.


Author of a widely used interfaith calendar -
Over fifty years of experience in the field of religion with a primary focus on Christianity and including experience with people of world religions.

Mall Area Religious Council
United Methodist Church as ordained clergyperson
Bloomington Community Foundation

Portable Guide to World Religions 2007

Hamline University, St. Paul, MN Drew University School of Theology, Madison NJ

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