A heart-probing article by Jonathan Dodson, subtitled: “Why Many Christian Accountability Groups Don’t Work.” His article starts out:

Put ten bucks in the jar. When I recall some of the popular discipleship disciplines I espoused
and practiced in college, I shudder. Did I really think that they were biblical or even helpful? If
one of the guys I was discipling caved into a particular sin he was “being held accountable” for, he had to put ten bucks in the jar. Sometimes the accumulated cash was put in the offering, other times it was used to celebrate “not sinning” over dinner. Somehow, this practice was supposed to motivate holy living.

[HT: Pilgrim in Progress]