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Why Do I Have to Confess My Sins to a Priest? | Ep. 4 – Answering the Error

Has anyone ever told you that to have your sins forgiven you need to confess those sins to a priest? that’s what we’re going to talk about today on answering the error hi I’m Don blackwell and this is Aaron Gallagher we’d like to welcome you to another episode of answering the error on this program we take videos that are found on YouTube and in other places on the Internet these are videos that teach religious error and what we do is examine them in light of the Bible now somebody might ask why would you do that that that seems like an unchristian thing to do but you know the fact of the matter is God has commanded us to do this and first John chapter 4 and verse 1 the Lord said to test the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets have gone out into the world and so that’s what we’re trying to do is to to test the things that are being taught to see if they are false or if they are true Matthew 7 2 verse 15 the Lord said beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves and then he says you will know them by their fruits and so we’re required to examine the teachings of individuals to see if they’re false teachers or if they are teachers of the truth and that’s what we do on this program answering the error today we’re going to be examining a video that was requested of us by one of our viewers it’s done by a Catholic priest and it deals with the Catholic requirement that their members confess their sins to a priest all right let’s roll the video [Music] father why do we have to confess our sins to a priest can’t we go to God directly in prayer and ask for forgiveness and that’s a very valid question Aaron I want to stop here for just a second because maybe this is a little bit off point but I want to mention something that he says at the very beginning here’s how he starts he says father why do we have to confess our sins to a priest I’m bothered by the fact that he calls himself father isn’t that a violation of what the Lord taught at Matthew chapter 23 it is in Matthew chapter 23 in verse 9 do not call anyone on earth your father for one is your father he who is in heaven verse eight right before that do not be called rabbi for one is your teacher what Jesus is really talking about here is that in religious circles we should not have any religious titles that’s different from a title in the world but Jesus is saying we shouldn’t have any religious titles right sometimes people get confused about this and I’ve even been asked the question he’s not talking about calling your daddy father it’s not wrong to call your daddy father we know that because in Luke chapter 15 when Jesus talks about the prodigal son he says father I have sinned against heaven and before thee he called the prodigal son calls his daddy father and Jesus taught us that parable and he represented the young man is calling his daddy father so we’re not talking about that we’re not talking about the biological sense but in a religious sense Jesus said call no man father in the hereditary sense it’s okay in fact you see examples of that John chapter 8 in verse 56 jesus said your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day ezekiel 18:20 the soul that sinneth it shall die the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father and so the point is to call someone that in the biological sense talking about your daddy there’s nothing wrong but the Lord specifically said don’t call someone father in the sense to exalt them religiously and that’s exactly what they’re doing and so that’s that’s very problematic it’s always seems strange to me that the Lord specifically said don’t call someone father and then they are violating that we’re not trying to pick on the guy seems like a very nice and likeable person but this is in direct violation of what de Jesus taught it is and I think it’s also important to note you know some passages first Corinthians 4:15 Paul said I became your father through the gospel he’s not saying you know in 1st Peter chapter 5 verse 13 Peter said my son Mark but those are not religious titles and that’s you know you can call your doctor your physical doctor doctor which means teacher in Latin I think DOS air is the Latin word but when you comes to religious titles we’re not supposed to have any religious titles in fact in 2nd Peter chapter 3 and verse 15 he said Peter an apostle said our beloved brother Paul right so I’ll call you you know my brother just like I call any person in the church my brother but no religious titles right yeah that’s a very good point ok let’s continue and it’s one that I think is on a lot of people’s minds because sometimes going to confession can be a very daunting thing it’s not easy for anyone priests included when we go to confession and we know that we have to really examine ourselves and look at our lives look at the things that we’ve failed failed at or fallen short at and to be able to have to say those out loud but there’s something very important about that Sacrament and it’s one of those things once again we have to look back to the history the tradition of the church and then also the practical matter ok Aaron he’s trying to answer the question why we have to confess our sins to a priest and it’s interesting here right at the end of this clip he says we have to look back at the history and their tradition of the church what’s he talking about here what’s that what’s the problem with this well one of the things is when you go to Scripture which should be our authority scripture should be what gives us the the directives is how to conduct ourselves religiously whenever you don’t have an example of that in Scripture sometimes you have to go to tradition in the Catholic Church is very based on a lot of traditions that change through time so he’s referencing the tradition of the church yeah of course Colossians 3:17 whatever you doing word or deed do all in the name of the Lord that’s talking about in religion we have to have authority for everything that we do of course we referenced regularly 2nd Timothy 3:16 all Scripture is given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine reproof correction instruction righteousness that the man made that the men of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work everything that we do in religion we should have book chapter and verse 4 and so I think the point that he’s really making here is I don’t have book chapter and verse for this you can’t find it in the Bible and so he’s saying we’ve got to go back to history and tradition to justify this and I think – it’s important to talk about they’re two different types of tradition in Scripture Matthew 15 sixth or nine that they were teaching the doctrines of men that they were teaching those traditions as the commandments of God and God condemned that but many other times in scriptures the traditions that were received from the Apostles what the Apostles taught and wrote those art traditions were supposed to keep so it’s important differentiate between the two excellent points okay let’s continue so when we look back to scripture one of my favorite stories is the story in the the Gospels when Jesus is in his hometown of Capernaum and he’s ministering in his house or in a house there and there’s so many people gathered around that people can’t even approach the door they can’t get in and Jesus is in there with the scribes and the Pharisees who are always watching closely to try to see if they’re gonna catch him in a mistake or a moment that they can try to say oh how we got you and in this moment this group brings their friend in and they lift the roof of the house off and they lower the man inside the house and they ask the Lord to heal him and so the scribes are watching and instead of healing him immediately Jesus does something else he says your sins are forgiven and in that moment the scribes and the Pharisees begin to throw their arms up in the air and get very upset and they say who but God has the authority to forgive sins and Jesus says I’ve done this to show you that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins and then he said rise up and walk and the man was healed this is interesting Aaron because in this particular clip to make his point that we should confess our sins to a priest he tells the account of the paralyzed man in a mark chapter 2 it’s also told in a mass you chapter 9 and of course this is the man that gets lowered down through the roof his friends bringing him and they lower him down and Mark chapter 2 and verse 5 Jesus says to the man son your sins are forgiven you and some of the scribes some of the people there are shocked that Jesus is saying is they say this is blasphemy and their reasoning is nobody can forgive sins except God now it’s interesting to me Jesus doesn’t dispute their point they said no one can forgive sins but God and Jesus is in agreement with that in order to prove that he is God and has the right to forgive sins he performs a miracle mark 2 in verse 10 he says but that you may know that the Son of man has power on the earth to forgive sins he said unto the paralytic I said to you arise take up your bed and go to your house immediately he arose when the people saw it that they’re shocked at this now sometimes the Catholic Church will go to Matthew’s account and a Matthew chapter 9 particularly verse 8 it says now the multitude saw it they marvelled and glorified God who had given such power to men and the idea that they have is Jesus could speak a man’s sins forgiven and he’s given this power to men and so the priest today can do that they’re boring on this idea and I think that’s where he’s going I think it is and we have to be careful too and sometimes you know we have to study a certain issue in depth to understand what’s going on Jesus does say who can forgive sin the men say who can forgive sins but God and like you said Jesus says yes which is easier to tell this man to basically be healed he heals him so what Jesus is doing they’re showing that he has that power from God but I think it’s interesting how does that relate to the Apostles if you go to the end of the Gospel of Mark and have the Great Commission Jesus tells the disciples go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature he who believes and is baptized will be saved so he connects the Apostles and the Great Commission with you’re not going to be able to forgive sins yourself you’re gonna have the authority from God to go and preach the terms of forgiveness and then he does give them miracles in the first sin to confirm that they were from God but nowhere in Scripture do we see the Apostle saying we forgive your sins based on our judgment it’s always we forgive your sins because we’re proclaiming the conditions that Christ gave to us through the Holy Spirit yeah very very good you know I think if I were discussing this with the Catholic and they brought up mark 2 or Matthew 9 to say that a priest has the right to forgive sins I would point out to them that the very point of this passage is that no one can forgive sins except God that is the point that’s why Jesus performed the miracle I don’t think I would want to go to this passage to try to make my point because in truth it makes the opposite point that’s exactly right all right let’s continue later Jesus sells his disciples that with the same authority and which I have been sent I now send you and so go therefore baptizing and even with Saint Peter when he gives him the key well when he tells him whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven okay in this segment here he’s going to string several passages together he begins with John chapter 20 and verse 21 he doesn’t reference it but with the same authority that I have been sent I send you now he doesn’t mention this but the Catholic Church particularly focuses on verse 23 of this chapter where Jesus said if you forgive the sins of any they are forgiven them if you retain the sins of any they are retained I think that’s where he’s trying to tie this together that Jesus said if you forgive the sins they are forgiven and he’s putting forth they are putting forth the idea that man therefore has the right to forgive sins what is what is Jesus actually talking about in this passage well when you read any passage for the first time he said to them this is verse 22 received the Holy Spirit then verse 23 if you forgive the sins of any their forgiven them if you retain the sins of many they’re retained so what does this mean well first of all how did the Apostles interpret this if you were to keep reading in any of your Matthew Mark or Luke the Great Commission Luke 24:47 very similar scene to this said that repentance and remission of sins the forgiveness of sins would be preached beginning in Jerusalem now if you were to keep reading in Acts chapter 1 in Acts chapter 1 verses 4 through 8 they were still waiting for that promise of the Holy Spirit so when he says receive the Holy Spirit they’re still waiting for it later so they didn’t receive it right then what Jesus is doing here is he’s basically prophetically telling them whenever you’re inspired by the Holy Spirit you’re gonna proclaim that message that God gave you and if people accept it they’ll have their sins forgiven right if people reject it their sins will be retained right so he’s not saying that the Apostles are gonna have the power to forgive sins he’s saying God only has the power to forgive sins mark chapter 2 right but God’s gonna forgive those sins when you deliver that message you know it’s interesting because right after that he references a Matthew 16 in verse 19 where Jesus told Peter whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven quite literally whatever you bind on earth will have already been bound in heaven he ties these two passages together which is appropriate the apostles were going to forgive sins in that as they preach the gospel that gospel message was the means whereby people sins could be forgiven and as they were revealing it it will have already been bound in heaven that is this is the message from heaven where your sins can be forgiven and the Holy Spirit was going to reveal that to them as they followed it their sins were forgiven and so he’s taking two passages that correctly go together but he is miss applying them because he’s asserting that they could just forgive men’s sins and really do these two passages are teaching you’re going to reveal the message from heaven whereby men sins can be forgiven you’re right it’s a future perfect passive which you exactly said whatever you bind on a no shall have already been bound in heaven and you say well how do we know that well look at Acts chapter 2 Peter preaches the gospel for the first time when that gift of the Holy Spirit comes to them in Acts chapter 2 the baptism the Holy Spirit he preaches the people say what do we do now whatever Peters responses should tell us something about this Peter doesn’t say well I forgive your sins they were penitent what what Peter says is repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ by his authority there’s the authority right for the remission of your sins so Peter says you want to have your sins forgiven this is the message God gave me through the Holy Spirit repent and be baptized right right okay let’s continue again and again we have these scriptural backings these scriptural foundations of what Jesus telling to go forth to baptize to forgive sins and to do the work in which he came to do and he therefore sends the priests the apostles the bishops all of them to go forth and do those same things all right in this short segment it’s only about twenty seconds but he says two things that are significant number one he says again and again we have scriptural backings where Jesus sends them forth to baptize and forgive sins he says again and again he’s provided scriptural support for priests forgiving sins has he done that no not really he’s provided a couple passages that showed that Jesus God had the power to forgive sins and that God gave some authority to the Apostles but we’ve looked at examples where the Apostles didn’t interpret those passages the same way they did the Apostles never said that we pronounce your sins forgiven right now and so he has referenced some passages that don’t teach what he’s saying but then he says that Jesus sent the priests the Apostles and the bishops to do the same thing and that is to baptize and forgive sins first I would say this where did Jesus send the quote priest to do anything you know the Catholic Church has created this concept of priests what does the New Testament say about priests well ironically the the New Testament doesn’t have this distinction of you know clergy and laity the the important priestly people and the regular people in 1st Peter chapter 2 two different times he talks about how Christians all Christians are a royal priesthood in a sense in the New Testament sense of you and I were Christians were priests we offer up spiritual sacrifices that’s exactly right and so when he says that Jesus sent the priests to do this that’s that’s just made up Jesus did not say that except in the sense that all Christians are our priests secondly he says that Jesus told the bishops to do this now you can see where he’s certain in certain the Catholic beliefs into this he says Jesus sent the priests and the bishops to do this and the apostles there’s no text that says Jesus sent the priests and the bishops and the Apostles to do this we mentioned he misuses the word priest here but then he says Jesus told the bishops to do these things what is a bishop according to the New Testament well so in the New Testament there are two positions of of leadership do you see in 1st Timothy 3 really you have the elders which are called you know first Timothy chapter 3 verse 1 this is a faithless saying if a man desires the position of a bishop the word Bishop elder Perez better overseer and even the word pastor which is really pastors a Latin word the Greek words point main it means Shepherd so all of those names apply to the same office that you see in 1st Timothy 3 so this distinction that you have elders and then a bishop over them really didn’t start until a couple hundred years departure from the New Testament pattern that’s right in fact if you look up in first Timothy chapter 3 the word bishop is from the word episcopate which according to Strong’s Greek lexicon it is says among the Christians those who presided over the Assemblies or churches the New Testament uses the words bishop elders and presbyteries interchangeably a bishop is just an elder in the church and so they have created this hierarchy in the Roman Catholic Church that does not exist in the Bible yeah that’s right in Acts chapter 20 and verse 17 that says from ëletís he Paul sent to Ephesus called for the elders pres butor Ross of the church right then if you keep going down that conversation there in verse 28 he’s speaking to them now take heed to yourselves and to all the flock among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers episkopos to Shepherd Point may know that’s pasture to pasture the flock right so you see those terms are used interchangeably for that office of elder so this separate priesthood is a totally concocted thing and again I don’t say that in an ugly manner but you can’t find this in the New Testament Jesus did not send a priest to it and then this special hierarchy of bishops and apostles this is all something that he’s asserting here that does not exist in the Bible that’s correct okay let’s continue and so when we go to confession it can seem like well why do I have to do this why do I have to to go in there and say this is because it’s not always easy right this is a short segment but he begins this segment by saying when we go to confession is not always easy and he speaks as if it’s already been established that we have to go to confession I would argue that if we do have to go to confession as he says shouldn’t there be an example of this somewhere in the Bible somewhere in the New Testament we should find them going to confession is that what we find what we really don’t know you know just further to kind of get the whole picture how does a person have their sins initially well you basically if you believe repent confess and then you’re baptized acts 22:16 Paul was told why are you waiting arise be baptized wash away your sins that’s how a person sends a pass are initially washed away but then what about whenever you become a Christian I would go and look at Acts chapter 8 you’ve got the story of Simon the sorcerer who becomes a Christian and after he becomes a Christian he sins verse 20 Peter said to him your money perish with you so he sins how is he forgiven verse 22 Peter now this is Peter who the Catholic Church would say is the primacy of Peter the first pope right so which we we had disagree with but how does Peter answer that Peter answers this repent therefore of your wickedness and pray God pray to God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you so he says you need to repent repentance is hard sometimes when I mess up it’s hard to come to the conclusion yeah Aaron you did something wrong but now that I’m a Christian I repent and I pray to God I don’t go to you know the leadership of the local church and ask them to forgive me I go directly to God and that’s what we’re trying to do on this program is to get people to go back and to look at the Bible and to see whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord what does the Bible say that a Christian needs to do when he says now before he becomes a Christian he needs to obey the gospel and be baptized for the remission of his sins after he becomes a Christian any sins what do you see in the New Testament that he did for forgiveness of his sins we never read about him going to a priest we never read about a confessional what we do see is Acts chapter 8 is a good example this man sinned Peter told him what you need to do is pray to God for the forgiveness of users don’t go to a priest don’t go to a confessional and pray to God for the forgiveness of your sins that is doing things according to the New Testament plan and that’s what we’re trying to get people to do is look back and follow that pattern that’s exactly right all right let’s continue but there’s something that we also remember that when we go to God we ask for forgiveness it’s when we know that we need forgiven because we’ve done something we may have hurt somebody okay he says something very interesting here he says when we go to God we ask for forgiveness now that part’s correct right mm-hmm that when we want forgiveness of our sins we have to go to God you know in Luke chapter 11 in verse 4 when Jesus was teaching them how to pray Jesus said this we are going to pray our Father which art in heaven forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us Jesus taught us the same thing that we read in Acts chapter 8 that is we pray to the Father for the forgiveness of our sins not that we go through a priest that’s right okay alright let’s continue we may have done something even privately that affects the whole community and so we can reconcile ourselves with God when we ask for forgiveness when we pray but we also have to reconcile ourselves with the community because we remember that everything that Jesus did he’s always calling us together always calling community to be one and so what way do affects everybody affects others in the community as Saint Paul talks about we are all members of the same body so when one does something it does affect the others even if we don’t always see it immediately if we don’t always understand just a quick point in passing that I wanted to make here it’s interesting because he’s trying to supposedly making the case of why we need to confess our sins to a priest but then he starts talking about what to do if if someone sends against another person and that doesn’t involve ever going to a priest if I sin against you I don’t go confess that to a priest the Bible has given us the plan of what to do there it’s in Matthew chapter 18 and that is I’m going to go to my brother alone and I’m going to try to straighten this matter out and get him to repent so just a quick point I wanted to mention there let’s continue and so when we go to confession the priest is sitting in the persona Chris de Christ is working through him through the priest to forgive us okay he says that when we go to confession that the priest is working persona Chris day and Christ is working through him first nowhere in the Bible do you find this phrase of personae Chris day it’s it’s Latin in origin but he says Christ is working through the priest this is completely made-up but anyway what does that mean when he says that that Christ is working or this priestess working persona Chris day they would say that basically that authority that’s been the Jesus had gave to the the Apostles and they would probably believe in something called apostolic succession which is they retain that same authority the first passage that comes in my mind is first Timothy chapter 2 and verse 5 there is one God and one mediator between God and men the man Jesus Christ Jesus is the mediator between us and God I don’t need a man on earth to mediate between me and God are you have Jesus according to 1st Timothy 2:5 so I can go directly to God and the idea is don’t you think that if this was scriptural the Apostles would have taught it do you think there be the Bible says we have all things that pertain to life and godliness the Scriptures complete us for every good work and yet it’s not in the scripture that that would worry me to take that position that it’s not in Scripture you know this phrase of personae Chris day I was not familiar with it because it’s not in the Bible so I actually looked this up in the Catholic catechism and it says that the priest possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself everything that sounds blasphemous to me that he is going to work in the place of Christ himself and forgive sins yeah God Christ had received all authority Matthew chapter 28 and so he gave that authority to the Apostles they were told that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth Jude 3 the faith once delivered hey pax once for all time delivered and we have it right here this is where we have to get everything we do that is based on the gospel and to serve God we only have about a minute left but what takes place in a Catholic confessional when a person goes in and confesses as private sins and says I’ve lusted or lied or I’ve stolen what takes place between the person and the priest I believe they have never been in one but I believe they make the sign of the Cross and you know bless me Father for I have sinned they tell their list of sins and then sometimes they’re given penance or things that they’re supposed to do I did some research on this and I got something off of the Vatican archives it said penance during the 7th century is when Irish missionaries had been inspired by the eastern monastic monastery tradition to take that idea of private practice of Penance they took it to continental Europe before that people confess their sins publicly like if I did something I would confess it publicly before the church but the idea of private penance II just don’t see in Scripture right that’s exactly right well this man has asserted some passages that he says teach that we should go to a priest the Bible never teaches that. We are to confess our sins to God.

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