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A new smart phone app that lets Catholic users confess on their phones is drawing the interest of other believers as well. The app, which sells for about two dollars, turns the user’s phone into a confessional, walking the user through a dry run of what they might encounter in a confessional booth. The program allows the user to tailor their experience by creating an account based on their age, sex, and job. From there, a questionnaire pops up asking about the Ten Commandments, basically checking the person’s “spiritual temperature.” The apps asks questions such as “Have I been angry with God?”or “Do I not give God time every day in prayer?”

Professor of philosophy at Biola University, John Mark Reynolds says the Bible says people should confess their sins to Jesus, and to one another. He likes the app because it encourages repentance and self-examination. Reynolds believes thorough daily introspection is good. He says a checklist is compatible with evangelical traditions and leaders like John Calvin or Martin Luther would want believers to go through the Ten Commandments and reflect on how they may have broken them. He adds,”If we’re not careful, we fall into cheap grace. We don’t pay any specific attention to a lot of the bad things we do. A lot of people get two or three things that they struggle and those are the only sins that they only considered that they have committed.”

Evangelicals Should Take Cue from Catholic Confession App,; Wednesday, February 09, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

1 John 1:9 (NASB) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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