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    Default What Does The Bible Say About Confession Of Sin To A Priest?

    "What does the Bible say about confession of sin to a priest?"

    Answer: The concept of confession of sin to a priest is nowhere taught in Scripture. First, the New Testament does not teach that there are to be priests in the New Covenant. Instead, the New Testament teaches that all believers are priests. First Peter 2:5-9 describes believers as a “holy priesthood” and a “royal priesthood.” Revelation 1:6 and 5:10 both describe believers as “a kingdom of priests.” In the Old Covenant, the faithful had to approach God through the priests. The priests were mediators between the people and God. The priests offered sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. That is no longer necessary. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can now approach God’s throne with boldness (Hebrews 4:16). The temple veil tearing in two at Jesus’ death was symbolic of the dividing wall between God and humanity being destroyed. We can approach God directly, ourselves, without the use of a human mediator. Why? Because Jesus Christ is our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-15; 10:21) and the only mediator between us and God (1 Timothy 2:5). The New Testament teaches that there are to be elders (1 Timothy 3), deacons (1 Timothy 3), bishops (Titus 1:6-9), and pastors (Ephesians 4:11) – but not priests.

    When it comes to confession of sin, believers are told in 1 John 1:9 to confess their sins to God. God is faithful and just to forgive our sins as we confess them to Him. James 5:16 speaks of confessing our trespasses “to one another,” but this is not the same as confessing sins to a priest as the Roman Catholic Church teaches. Priests / church leaders are nowhere mentioned in the context of James 5:16. Further, James 5:16 does not link forgiveness of sins with the confession of sins “to one another.”

    The Roman Catholic Church bases their practice of confession to a priest primarily on Catholic tradition. Catholics do point to John 20:23, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” From this verse, Catholics claim that God gave the apostles the authority to forgive sins and that authority was passed on to the successors of the apostles, i.e., the bishops and priests of the Roman Catholic Church. There are several problems with this interpretation. (1) John 20:23 nowhere mentions confession of sin. (2) John 20:23 nowhere promises or even hints that apostolic authority of any kind would be passed on to the successors of the apostles. (3) The apostles never once in the New Testament acted as if they had the authority to forgive a person’s sin. Similarly, Catholics point to Matthew 16:19 and 18:18 (binding and loosing) as evidence for the Catholic Church’s authority to forgive sins. The same three above points apply equally to these Scriptures.

    The ability to forgive sins is God’s and His alone (Isaiah 43:25). The better understanding of John 20:23is that the apostles were given the responsibility of declaring with utmost certainty the terms on which God would forgive sins. As the church was being founded, the apostles declared that those who believed the gospel were forgiven (Acts 16:31) and those who did not obey the gospel faced judgment (2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17). As the apostles proclaimed salvation in Christ (Acts 10:43) and exercised church discipline (1 Corinthians 5:4–5), they were wielding the authority Christ had given them.

    Again, the concept of confession of sin to a priest is nowhere taught in Scripture. We are to confess our sins to God (1 John 1:9). As New Covenant believers, we do not need mediators between us and God. We can go to God directly because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

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    Very good answer, which is thoroughly researched and substantiated. These are the facts... unconvenient for some... but it needs to be heard, because it is vitally important.
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    If you rape children and confess your sins would you go to heaven?

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    The Bible says nothing about it. It's Catholic dogma.

    In fact, the Bible tells people to pray directly to God for forgiveness.

    Matthew 6:9-13 ~ 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

    I think there is another verse that's relevant but I can't remember it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taiguaitiaoghyrmmumin View Post
    If you rape children and confess your sins would you go to heaven?
    Ask God, not me.

    You try to post "smart" comments to many Christian threads, yet you are not interested in God or believe in him. Also, you are quick to criticize, but refuse to answer if I present you with something significant. I've asked you many times to comment on the "sign of Jonah"... without success... go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larali View Post
    The Bible says nothing about it. It's Catholic dogma.

    In fact, the Bible tells people to pray directly to God for forgiveness.

    Matthew 6:9-13 ~ 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

    I think there is another verse that's relevant but I can't remember it now.
    This text is actually most important prayer in Orthodox Christianity that everybody knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moje ime View Post
    This text is actually most important prayer in Orthodox Christianity that everybody knows.
    Yes I know

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    i think confession was a thing they invented for rich people. don't think Early christians confessed themselved

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taiguaitiaoghyrmmumin View Post
    If you rape children and confess your sins would you go to heaven?
    No



    If you confess but more important you seriously repent with all your heart and ask God for mercy you can be forgiven by God.

    This is the fundamental teaching of Christ and his greatest miracle greater than walking on water and or turning water into whine
    that he can forgive and relief any man from his sins who sincerely repents.
    Only he can do and no one else not any priest or any other person.

    And of course repenting means that you never do these things again
    otherwise you didn't repent.

    By God in the heavens you can be forgiven then but don't expect to be forgiven on Earth by the humans you caused damage to.

    They don't forgive you and rightously so.
    On Earth you will get the punishment that you deserve!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cybernautic View Post
    No

    If you confess but more important you seriously repent with all your heart and ask God for mercy you can be forgiven by God.

    This is the fundamental teaching of Christ and his greatest miracle greater than walking on water and or turning water into whine
    that he can forgive and relief any man from his sins who sincerely repents.
    Only he can do and no one else not any priest or any other person.

    And of course repenting means that you never do these things again
    otherwise you didn't repent.

    By God in the heavens you can be forgiven then but don't expect to be forgiven on Earth by the humans you caused damage to.

    They don't forgive you and rightously so.
    On Earth you will get the punishment that you deserve!
    So what happens? God forgives and sends you to hell?
    Or does he send you to heaven after confessing to raping kids?

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