“Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
James 5:16 (NIV)
James advises his readers to confess their shortcomings to each other. At one time, certain holiness denominations had ‘class’ meetings in which the leader would ask questions of the members to see if they were living as close to the Lord as they could. As time progressed, at least one of the denominations got away from the practice.
Several years ago, I taught a teen Sunday school class. I kept hearing words of two of the young boys. My response to what I heard was that God holds us responsible for any casual words we have used. One of the younger boys replied that what they were saying wasn't bad. Our younger generations don’t seem to know what sin is. On another occasion, one of the young teens used a word that I find offensive. I chose to ask one of the older boys to explain to the younger boy why I found the word choice inappropriate.