Ever since I was a young teenager, I’ve always wondered why people confess their sins to the priest at our local catholic church. At that time, I never knew the bible and I never recognized Jesus as a loving and merciful savior. In the catholic church, God is usually pictured as a serious deity who is always hell-bent on punishing us aka the sinners. I was 17 years old and I had to prepare for my ‘confirmation’ which is something like ‘graduation day’. I THINK. It is a pretty big deal in catholic churches all over the world. I remember my catechism teacher telling us that in order to get ‘confirmed’ we have to confess our sins to the priest. I’m like, WHAT?? NO! there’s no way I can escape from this embarrassing ritual this time. It doesn’t make any sense for me to go up to a religious man wearing a fancy uniform (no offense to the catholics reading this) and telling him all the nasty things that I’ve done. HE IS NOT GOD! Besides, that man doesn’t even know me!!
I went through with it anyway, (painfully). The priest even sensed that I was uncomfortable with the whole process. I became a born again Christian at the age of 20 and I enjoy having a personal relationship with Jesus and reading the bible. And the best part is, I get to confess my sins to Him! Yay! No more queuing up and pour out a river of sins to someone I don’t even know! Someone who is so self-righteous that he thinks that he have the power to forgive sins. And impose ‘penances’ on the poor, deceived people. Even the Pharisees who lived two thousand years ago were not arrogant enough to think that they have the liberty to forgive the sins of the people. My dear readers, there is only one Man who can forgive sins. And His name is Jesus.
If you have read the bible, then clearly you would know that Jesus never told any person to go to a priest and ask for forgiveness. Even Peter, who is believed to be the ‘first Pope’ by the roman catholics never commanded anyone to confess their sins to him.
Matthew 27:3-5 records the incident of the only man aka ‘the traitor’ Judas Iscariot who confessed his sins to the Jewish priests and then hanged himself out of immense guilt. What if Judas went to Jesus and asked for His forgiveness instead? Trust me when I say that the loving God of the bible would have forgiven him instantly and he wouldn’t have to commit suicide.
1 John 1:9 ; Confess to God and He will abundantly pardon. Confess to an earthly judge and you will get a conviction
Matthew 9:5-7 ; The Son of Man hath power to forgive sins. “why not let him execute that power?”
The book of Hebrews portrays Jesus as the Holy, undefiled High Priest who is the only mediator between man and God.
Hebrews 4:14 ; Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Well what’s keeping you from pouring out all your sins to God’s personal High Priest?
Hebrews 4:15; For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
If you have committed all kinds of unspeakable atrocities, only the Lord Jesus can understand your weaknesses because He Himself was tempted by the Devil many times and yet He is free from a single blemish of sin.
Hebrews 4:16 ; Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
If you are dealing with sin problems in your life, the God of the bible (Jesus) understands. He will not judge you or condemn you for He understands how you have been tempted. Just approach him as a son/daughter approaches their father and confess your sins to Him. Jesus is no earthly judge, He is a loving, merciful Father and you definitely receive an immediate pardon.
The choice is yours. Will you choose to go to Jesus, the undefiled Holy High Priest, or a rotten sinful catholic priest? It’s your call.
Roman Catholicism; ‘Can a Minister of God forgive sins’ , George Burnside
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