The reward of gospel-centered community isn’t affirmation or praise, or honor. It is a hellbore brokenness before the people (in the open). We are free from condemnation, not the judgment of others but the self imposed darkness of keeping up the lie that we know what we’re doing and that we are doing it all so well. We must come to terms with the fact that though relief from the pain comes from dogged honesty with our selves; our true restoration comes from honesty with others. It is not our place to hold back and live secretly. A good friend of mine says “fail publicly, restored publicly” that way God gets the glory or a life changed and a heart renewed.
I just want the church (God’s people) to be honest and stop hiding behind religiosity.
Our religious practice is worthless – not because we haven’t learned how to practice correctly but because we’ve substituted practicing it for the genuine, heart-wrenching, glory-producing power of God through obedience. We have traded the brokering and proclamation of freedom for gate-keeping our own bondage and holding others in the same snare. Release yourself from the cycle of secret sin, confess them to each other, believe for each other, and restore the weaker brother. God is good.