Make Manifest

Martin Luther recommended “sinning boldly”. This was not meant to be a license for doing whatever one wanted and relying on the grace of God, but rather an indication of how dangerous secret sins can be. Make your sins manifest by sharing them with someone else; dilute their power by bringing them into the discernment of a community. Call it confession, if you like.

“Confession without Shame” Jonathan Wilson-Hartgove

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.

  • Jim Worstell

    Sin boldly, to me, means do not hesitate to do what you think is right. It will be wrong, as all human actions are, but do it anyway, as long as you think it is right. By doing so, you learn it was not right and modify your future behavior. If you hestitate and equivocate and do not “sin boldly” you are less likely to become closer to the perfection Jesus told us all to work toward. Be ye Perfect!