We’ve still got a long ways to go! We’re examining right now the last of the seven “Sacraments”.
- “Holy Eucharist”
- “Extreme Unction”
- Holy orders
Now we turn to penance. Penance goes coupled with Auricular confession, an unBiblical practice. So far, it seems there is nothing Biblical about Roman Catholicism! Here – I’ll put you at ease. There is something Biblical about the Roman Catholic Church. They meet on Sundays, and the Father gives a sermon. That’s about it. Although it would be far more biblical to call him a Pastor, Minister or a Bishop.
“Well, he’s not a Bishop yet…”
See again the pages on the Priesthood, and the clergy-laity distinction.
Auricular confession (confessing into the ear of a priest) dates back only to the 12th century, possibly one of the last of the sacraments to be invented instuted by Pope Innocent III, the same Pope who murdered Baptists wholesale, ordering a Crusade that put to death thousands of Albigenses throughout Europe who would not recant and join the Roman Catholic Church.
the concept was that the priest now usurps the role of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stands in the place of God. This way, the Roman church imagines the priest alone has the power to forgive sins, an outrageous corrupting of Matthew 16:18-19.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:18-19 (KJV)
We’ve dealt with this verse already, and that is not the meaning of that verse.
Another verse used to justify this practice is,
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. John 20:22-23 (KJV)
Adam Clarke writes,
It is certain God alone can forgive sins; and it would not only be blasphemous, but grossly absurd, to say that any creature could remit the guilt of a transgression which had been committed against the Creator. The apostles received from the Lord the doctrine of reconciliation, and the doctrine of condemnation. They who believed on the Son of God, in consequence of their preaching, had their sins remitted; and they who would not believe were declared to lie under condemnation… Dr. Lightfoot supposes that the power of life and death, and the power of delivering over to Satan, which was granted to the apostles, is here referred to. This was a power which the primitive apostles exclusively possessed. (Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible)
I would agree, this is the most likely explanation of these verses. How else did Peter know he had the ability to curse a man to death? This gift passed from the earth, dying out with the last apostle, and possibly before then. As the New Testament was being written, one sign gift after another was dissapearing.
so the priest wrongfully hears a confession that should be given to God, and pronunces a penance, by which the confessant can purge the sins. Again, this is works based, something the Bible condemns in the strongest terms. If this is the first page on Roman Catholicism you’ve found, I recommend you go back to the first one and start from there, as I describe in much detail why any works based religion is unBiblical and unGodly.
Certainly there is nothing in the Bible about saying the rosary, or repeating the same prayer a few dozen times. Indeed, the Bible has much to sayagainst it!
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:7-8 (KJV)
The last two sacraments are Marriage, and Holy Orders. It is interesting that both subjects are described in the Scriptures as a “good thing” – if one desires to enter the ministry and not an unBiblical priesthood. However, neither can confer any grace. All they do is change your life. It will not prevent an unrepentant sinner from a single moment in hell. See my other pages on works vs. grace, and on the unBiblical nature of the Roman Catholic priesthood.