People outside the Catholic Church tend to think that Confession is either the best thing or the worst thing about being Catholic. But the Scriptural warrant for it and the practical effects of confession are so undeniable that some Protestant groups advocate it in their own way. On the Methodist-Catholic thread, someone mentioned a Methodist church encouraging parishioners to confess their sins to the pastor. One also hears of Evangelicals teaming up with “accountability partners” to whom one makes periodic “progress reports” – including disclosure of one’s sins.
Are there any Protestants out there who have experienced this non-sacramental form of confession? How has it helped – or has it not?