Again, let us consider James 5: 14-17: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another …” Notice that the command does not say confess your sins straight to God. In the context of this verse, a person is told to “summon the presbyters (elders) of the church” (James 5:14). Presbyter is the Greek word for priest.