Anonymous confessions online

There are now websites that give people the opportunity to make anonymous online confessions about their sins.  Just do a Google search on “confessions online” and see for yourself (Warning: some may be veryexplicit).  There’s nobody on the other end who tells you that your sins are forgiven.  So why confess anonymously?  Does this way of confessing our sins give us a cathartic release of guilt?   Regarding these types of online confessions, Dr. Michael Horton says in his book Christless Christianity:

“in a therapeutic worldview, there is no sin and guilt to be forgiven by God but only burdens and feelings of guilt for failing to live up to the expectations of oneself and other human beings.  In other words, for Christianity there is objective guilt and justification; in moralistic therapy there is only subjective guilt and a cathartic release simply by telling someone else about it.”

Personally, I can understand why a person may feel a need to confess their sins or wrongdoings to someone–whether to a real person or anonymously.   I see why the Roman Catholic practice allows a person to feel a sense of a release of guilt when they confess privately to a real live priest.

Is confessing to a live priest more real than making anonymous confessions online where they are only read by people who don’t know you and don’t really care about your sins? How would this be different from confession before God?  And does this way of confessing guilt allow one to be forgive by God?

2 thoughts on “Anonymous confessions online

  1. Thanks Timothy, I think the Catholic view of confession is very valid. There are some charismatic evangelicals who practice this using a different means and method. Some Lutherans also practice this.


  2. The idea of confession online has somewhat to do with the principle of whether it is Biblical to confess to a person to have your sins forgiven. One end of the aisle, contends that Jesus’ disciples were given authority on earth to forgive sins and therefore this same authority applies to the Roman Catholic priests of today.
    The more Protestant view contends that there is only one mediator between God and man: that of Jesus Christ. They also emphasize the priesthood of all believers and that being a priest is not reserved for specific people.

    For more information on this topic, visit the website, and search for the Michael Dubruiel’s book entitled, “A Pocket Guide to Confession.” This is more of a Roman Catholic view of confession and its significance.


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