My last post, which was in response to this, pointed out the less-than-helpful nature of transparency for transparency’s sake. I’d like to make a few more observations on that topic.
First, that privacy is inherent in relationships. Just like it’s healthy for a married couple to keep counsel with each other, secrets between you and God are a helpful thing.
Every believer is a priest. That means direct access to the throne of God. You don’t need to confess to any human unless you’re seeking forgiveness.
Unity derives from love, not from spilling your guts in front of strangers.
Your mind belongs to you as much as your body does, so you should protect its chastity just as fiercely. No one gets free access to your mind without your permission.
Keeping accountable to spiritual mentors is helpful.
The church should be a place where people are loved, where sinners come in and know love as the utterly selfless charity that the Bible describes and that God himself exhibits.
Transparency is a buzzword, not a biblical mandate.