Thursday, March 08, 2007
First off let me state that I'm not totally against having accountability partners, I even have my own accountable brother, my Sunday School teacher, but can they be used in the wrong way - sure. First make sure whatever you do that you don't get caught up in the "gospel of sin management". Accountability partners are just another way of admitting that we don't have time for a real relationship, if you set up a relationship just to avoid sin or to manage your sin then that isn't a real relationship. What we really need in our lives are brothers in Christ where accountability is always there, and where you don't need to ask questions, or probe for sin; but to know each other deeply enough that you can spot things when they are off. So I would recommend forming a band of brothers, not an accountability group where confession is the central theme of the group but where the "Iron is sharpening the Iron". If you can't do that, then try and develop a one on one real brother to brother relationship, not someone you just admit your sins to, but someone who will challenge you to live a holy life before God and men. As Christians we are all accountable to each other just look at scripture where Paul rebuked Peter in Galatians 2, did Peter ask Paul to be his accountability partner? I doubt it; but as his brother in Christ Paul had the right to confront Peter and point out his hypocrisy. If you are my brother in Christ then you too have that right to correct me, but here you must be careful and not let pride or condemning judgement creep in and puff you up. Lastly or rather firstly just remember that you already have the greatest accountability partner one can have and that's the Holy Spirit and if you are not allowing the Holy Spirit to hold yourself to personal accountability then no human partner is going to help you.