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Pastor Riley wrote:

Hi, guys —

Jesus is the Only One that can forgive sins. We don't have to go to the pope or any priests to ask God for forgiveness; we have the right to go straight to God.

The Bible says the veil was broken from the top to the bottom. (Matthew 27:51)

The Bible also says if we put ourselves back under the law then we will be judged by the whole law and the Catholic Church is putting people back under the law.

Pastor Riley

  { Since Jesus is the only One who can forgive sins, why go to the pope or priests for forgiveness? }

Mike replied:

Dear Pastor Riley,

I didn't see a question in your e-mail but because you are a pastor, let me address the misperceptions you have.

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You said:
Jesus is the Only One that can forgive sins.

We agree!

Here's how: John 20:21-23, especially verse 23.

You said:
We don't have to go to the pope or any priests to ask God for forgiveness.

The answer is an (and/both) not (either/or) answer.

Yes, we should always ask God for forgiveness in prayer but for serious sins, He established another means: Matthew 16:13-19, John 20:21-23.

Check out my Scripture Passages page. I think you will find it very, very interesting:

A Biblical defense for Catholic teachings

and one of its subsections:

The Holy Bible alone or the Holy Bible plus Oral Tradition?

Now I have a question for you.

Given this passage from Matthew:

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying,

    "All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:16-20

  • After giving his Great Commission to the Apostles and disciples, why didn't Jesus stay around on Earth to help them, rather then ascending into Heaven to be with the Father?

As long as Protestants reject Oral Tradition, they have to have a good answer to this question.


Eric replied:

Pastor Riley,

Let's talk about this.

14 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; 15 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. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects."

James 5:14-16

Yes, Jesus ultimately forgive sins, but often he does this instrumentally. This is illustrated by the verse my colleague Mike cited (John 20:22-23).

  • Which reminds me, do you confess your sins to one another?


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