Dr. R. C. Sproul is, in my opinion, the best Theologian of our day. In the vein of historic theological giants: Augustine of Hippo, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards, Dr. Sproul holds multiple degrees from Bible colleges and seminaries, a Doctorate and PhD in Theology, and has been a seminary professor or teacher for nearly 50 years. He has a fantastic theology show on the NRB, Renewing Your Mind . He has published over 80 books, was the General Editor of the ESV Reformation Study Bible (which has sold over 150,000 copies and is my go-to study Bible), and his sermon, The Holiness of God (also a book)is considered a modern classic on the subject of God’s character. If you sit in awe of the sovereign majesty of our LORD, as I do, I believe you will find R. C. Sproul’s teaching to be a blessing and an inspiration.
Yes, we are Protestant Christians, and no we do not confess our sins to a priest. The reason we don’t confess our sins to a priest is that Christ was crucified and the curtain in the Temple was torn and we were granted direct access to God. In repentance, we must confess our sins to the Lord. However, we no longer require a human mediator to stand between us and God. The fact remains, public Confession is biblical, and Protestant Christians should do it. We see in Leviticus Chapter 1 that the Jews were to place their hand on the head of their sacrifice and publicly confess their sins before the High Priest.
In the New Testament there is no instruction to confess our sins to a Priest, but James 5:16 tells us the following…
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
We should already know we are all broken sinners, and rather than hiding our sin, and rather than persecuting each other for our sins, we should be open and honest with each other. Then we may not appear as hypocrites or as if we are standing next to the cross looking down at others…rather we should be on our knees at the foot of the cross telling our sinful brothers and sisters there is room for all of us. There are examples in Acts of people publicly confessing sin as well…Acts 19:18 is one.
Also many of those who were now believers came,confessing and divulging their practices.