I hear all the time that the Church is supposed to keep people accountable. Leadership Journal, a magazine for pastors, had a link the other day to a Barna study that showed that most people think their churches are failures in providing accountability.
What? People think their church is a failure? No way. Come on. Get out of here. Anyway. . .
Furthermore, outside of “confess your faults one to another” (which, according to the context, has to do with healing people physically, not accountability groups), there isn’t much in Scripture about accountability groups. You will also notice exactly zero verses telling churches they need to keep people accountable.
Yet I keep hearing how men need to get together with men to keep accountable. Do we see this with the apostles in Acts? Do we see the disciples do this? Do we ever see Jesus praying with anyone, asking them how much wine they had at supper?
In all honesty, if you want to keep accountable with someone, that’s fine, I don’t think it’s wrong, I am amazed though how often we’re told to do this with so little backup from Scripture about it.
Anytime lots of people want to do something it’s probably not God’s idea. Talking about ourselves is what drives us, most experiences I’ve had with “accountability groups” is merely whining about yourself incessantly.
There is a person we will give an account to–Our Creator and Savior. There is plenty of biblical teaching on being accountable to God, very little about being accountable to man.
Perhaps our accountability groups become one more hurdle to keep us safe from that pesky Holy Spirit? We never see Jesus praying with an individual, but we see Him praying to His Father regularly. I’m probably just a cynic here, but show me from Scripture and I’ll reconsider.