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    Christian Advice Requested - Thread: Confession to a priest

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      Confession to a priest

      How come this practise came in and do you think just confessing to a priest will free you from SIN. I don't believe it, like to get your inputs.

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      I am not Roman Catholic, but there is precedence for confession to others.

      Brothers,if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
      ~ Galatians 6:1-3

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      I think Scripture says to confess our sins to one another....

      In any case, I can't think of a Scripture that says, "Thou canst NOT confess thy sins unto a Christian."

      I think there's something quite biblical and very helpful about confession..... it's related to accountability (some Christians talk about "accountability partners") but more than that.
      We are justified by works - just not our own.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jason View Post
      How come this practise came in and do you think just confessing to a priest will free you from SIN. I don't believe it, like to get your inputs.
      The forgiveness given isn't forgiveness from the priest. It's the forgiveness Jesus won for you at the cross and by Jesus' authority the priest can hear your confession and give you that Gospel message, the good news that you are forgiven your sins.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus


      1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jason View Post
      How come this practise came in and do you think just confessing to a priest will free you from SIN. I don't believe it, like to get your inputs.
      There is Scriptural support for confessing sins to people, as others have already described. It's obviously important to keep it appropriate - the idea is for a bit of support rather than to do something that just creates more problems. I read of a case of a church where a young man decided the open mic time was appropriate for confessing the inappropriate feelings he was having towards a married woman in the church - apparently that created lots of awkwardness all around because she had no idea he felt that way about her so it created friction there, her husband wasn't thrilled to hear it announced like that and reacted badly.

      Sometimes it's very easy to think you're the only one struggling with a particular kind of sin because, you know, everyone else at church seems to have it all together. If you find someone you trust to talk to, even if only to ask them to pray for you in your struggle, you may find that they also struggle with something. It's a pretty good battle plan on the devil's part - if he can convince us that we're the only one with struggles and people would reject us if only they knew what we were doing he can keep us divided.

      So on that basis I don't see anything wrong with confessing to a priest. It's just that there's no need for it to be a priest - it could be a friend at church. The forgiveness that is offered is nothing to do with the priest. If we confess our sins God will forgive us - we ultimately confess to God and God is the one who forgives. The priest doesn't need to stand in the middle.
      "Do what thou will shall be the whole of the law" - Aleister Crowley

      "If you love me, obey my commandments" - Jesus Christ

      The Bible comes as a complete package. If we want to pluck verses out of context so make them mean what we want them to mean, if we want to ignore the passages that are inconvenient to our outlook, we should be intellectually honest enough to throw our Bibles in the trash and admit we are following Crowley and not Christ.

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      So it is like confessing our sin to Police (Priest) and it is upto the Judge (God) to make the Judgment? I haven't seen the practice here, i hope we confession our Sin to Jesus instead with any human being

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jason View Post
      So it is like confessing our sin to Police (Priest) and it is upto the Judge (God) to make the Judgment? I haven't seen the practice here, i hope we confession our Sin to Jesus instead with any human being
      No, it's not like that.

      Believers are already labeled Not Guilty because of the cross. When we sin and then we confess our sins, we are given the forgiveness of sins (by a priest from Jesus' authority) that has been earned at the cross. Jesus doesn't die again for us to be forgiven.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
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      1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jason View Post
      So it is like confessing our sin to Police (Priest) and it is upto the Judge (God) to make the Judgment? I haven't seen the practice here, i hope we confession our Sin to Jesus instead with any human being
      Not really - what you're describing implies that we confess what we did and then receive a punishment. Scripture tells us clearly that if we confess our sin God will forgive us. Jesus already took the punishment so we don't have to. It's not really like confessing to a police-like figure in the hope of getting a more lenient punishment, it's about admitting we did wrong so we can be forgiven.

      To be forgiven we have to confess to God. When we confess we are forgiven, which means we don't have to face any spiritual punishment. We may still have to face a secular punishment, depending on just what we did. To take an example, if we are guilty of theft God will forgive us but the secular courts may still punish us. We can't really claim to be truly sorry for our theft unless we are willing to make amends, and those amends may include a secular punishment, secular restitution (e.g. returning what we stole) or similar.

      The idea of confessing our sins to each other isn't so that some other person can forgive us. An individual has the right to forgive sins committed against them but has no right to forgive sins committed against someone else. The idea of confessing to someone else is so that we can support each other. If you confess your sin to me perhaps I can help hold you accountable, or pray for you, or whatever else. Perhaps you meet with a couple of other guys you trust on a regular basis and hold each other accountable, discussing how you've resisted temptations, how you might have struggled with it, maybe tripped and fallen again or whatever else. But that's a very different proposition from going into a tiny little cubicle to talk to a priest to talk about what you've done wrong.
      "Do what thou will shall be the whole of the law" - Aleister Crowley

      "If you love me, obey my commandments" - Jesus Christ

      The Bible comes as a complete package. If we want to pluck verses out of context so make them mean what we want them to mean, if we want to ignore the passages that are inconvenient to our outlook, we should be intellectually honest enough to throw our Bibles in the trash and admit we are following Crowley and not Christ.

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      I know of no Scripture that says we are forbidden to confess our sins before any other than God.
      We are justified by works - just not our own.

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