You asked to whom Christians are to confess.
The Holy Spirit tells us.
“Therefore confess your sins to one another,
and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
This is in conjunction with the verses around it which describe the powers given to the presbyters (the short word which is priest). Forgiveness and healing.
Jesus tells us who has the authority to forgive on His behalf, just as Paul does in II Cor 2:10. See Matt. 16:19 and 18:18. How could an ambassador for Christ loose (forgive) or bind (not forgive) a sin that isn’t confessed orally to him?
Jesus came for the forgiveness of sins and he sends forth the Apostles to carry forth this mission. (John 20:21-23) These are the words of Jesus Christ. The ones with authority to forgive sins are the holder of the keys (now Francis I) and the Apostles (who passed authority on to successors, called Bishops, such as Timothy).
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18). “So we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20).
Scripture reveals that Jesus left us only two means of forgiveness of sins: Baptism and confession. Both are sacraments, means of grace.
You and I must also forgive others who offend or sin against us.
But we don’t have the authority to reconcile that person to God and His Church. That is an ecclesial act.
June 20, 2016 at 10:15am
I am so glad you didn’t miss this verse, that I have actually never seen a nonCatholic refer to in these comments.
You quoted Rev. 6:9.
Here it is as well as verse 10:
When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice, “How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?”
Where are they? Under the altar. Oh how Catholic.
What did they do? Cry out to God. Supplicating prayer. Hmm, saints in heaven pray?!
About what did they pray? For what was happening on the earth – when will you judge and obtain vengeance for the evil? Oh how Catholic, they pray about the LIVING.
Do you find it as ironic as I do that in your attempt to assert there is no such thing as this 2000 year old Catholic teaching on purgatory and prayers for the dead, you just accidentally gave a proof for another 2000 year old Catholic teaching – how those who have died (but now live in heaven) pray about people and situations that exist on the earth?
Now, you will deny Maccabees is Scripture (why, because Luther is your Joseph Smith?) because it’s what you’ve been told. But using your own scripture, show me where every Doctrine and every teaching must be EXPLICITLY spelled out in the 66 book Bible.
Prayers for the dead:
You claim prayer for the dead is no where in Sacred Scripture. Wrong. Read my earlier reference to 2 Maccabees in which prayers for the dead are in the Bible. Begreen put a verse here for your reference.
Purgatory the “place” is not in Scripture:
No one said it was technically a “Place” as much as a state. Sometimes we use physical terms to understand this purification process, but the body and soul are separated and it is the soul that is purged of any stain of sin (nothing unclean enters heaven).
I addressed what Paul said. You, like Brigot and 2 Cor 5:8, are reading into Phil 1:23 with your own bias. Paul does not say he goes directly to the Beatific Vision, but considering all Paul suffered for the Lord, it is likely he didn’t need much purgation/purification. Perfectly sanctified people die without attachment to sin.
Like the Bible?
Shortening that Bible by 10%. Luther wanted 10% more cut out.
sola fide, sola scriptura, once saved always saved, penal substitution, imputed righteousness denying infused, universalism, blessing adultery
[-1] June 20, 2016 at 9:45am
Listen to yourself
Jack: “YOU are WRONG for saying that others do things that are wrong.
But I am totally RIGHT for saying that others do things that are wrong.”
June 20, 2016 at 9:36am
The Christian faith isn’t against any person.
God is against sin.
You really have to understand the difference.
Bigotry is from hate. Admonishment of the sinner is an act of mercy. (love)
 June 20, 2016 at 9:33am
I’ll glad you said that. “Other people have the same right to choose differently and it doesn’t infringe on your freedoms at all. How could this work otherwise?”
Sure it does.
For this killer in Orlando to live his religion to the fullest, he murdered 49 and had himself “martyred” so that he could be rewarded in heaven with his imaginary god.
For a Christian to live his or her life to the fullest, he obeys the will of the Father. Maybe that is being like Mother Theresa. Maybe it’s dying in service to ones city as a fireman. Maybe it’s being a school teacher who shows an unloved child they are special. Maybe it’s being a loving dad. Maybe it’s baking cakes to bring beauty, joy and delicious taste to others, for His glory. Maybe it’s being a writer, like Matt Walsh, speaking the truth.
About half of those have restrictions upon them. Teachers cannot hug their students or tell them how much God loves them. Bakers can’t refuse to bake a cake for people who want to poke God in the eye with their sin. Caretakers of the poor can’t give a homeless person a sandwich without government permission. And writers can’t speak the truth without a bunch of atheist bullies harassing him.
You have zero intention of “minding your own business” or “letting others live.”
When you see your own hypocrisy, it will be a noteworthy day in your life.
Praying for you
 June 19, 2016 at 7:59pm
wearing skinny jeans
 June 19, 2016 at 7:22pm
No idea who Gersh is but he reacted like a squish.
He acted less manly than a small little girl. Not that she acted manly, but by comparison he acted so embarrassingly weaklingishly.
I'm sure after his horrifying, traumatic experience with the big, mean gun, that Kuntzman went home and had a good cry with his husband.
June 18, 2016 at 8:42am
just hyperbole and putting words into my mouth.
You aren’t ready to hear, think, or learn from another.
Have a good day.
June 17, 2016 at 6:43pm
Very nice testimony. Glad to hear it, brother.
I would give some thought and study to the idea that Jesus received the Holy Spirit at the Baptism in the Jordan. No one else did – it was a different baptism than Christians receive upon Jesus’ command. We know the two types of baptism are different from Scripture. Reflect upon creation and that The Word was there from the Beginning doing these things. Compared to your idea that Jesus didn’t have powers before the Jordan river. Recall His recorded childhood and the wisdom He had that amazed others. This wisdom is not possible without the Holy Spirit.
Recognize that his mother, Mary, knew He had power to perform miracles at Cana. How would she know if she’d not seen his miraculous work before? Finally, realize that the doctrine of the Trinity requires an understanding that God is 3 persons in One, undivided unity. How could Jesus who was FULLY God and fully man be divided, ever, from the Holy Spirit?
 June 17, 2016 at 6:32pm
Purgatory is incompatible with Luther’s creations of Faith Alone, Total Depravity, and Imputed Righteousness (God’s grace is insufficient to truly transform us). I would not expect you to believe in the need for purgation if you believe there is nothing God, or we can or must do to go to heaven other than a one time assent of faith. But think about it a little bit.
Let’s say you are visiting a King by invitation of his son. You are allowed in because you were on the list by the son. You would traipse right in with mud all over your boots and dirty hands, announcing “I was invited by your son!” and he will look around this muddied place and everyone will be his son, his son, his son, his son. No one else is recognizable.
My vision goes this way, I would want my dirty clothes gone, hands scrubbed, face polished, hair combed, and be clothed in a robe of righteousness where the son introduces me, personally, to the King, who know MY name and the number of hairs on MY head. And he looks around the room and sees all the INDIVIDUAL SOULS he has loved so infinitely.
For 1500 years, God’s people believed in purgatory. But even longer because the Jews prayed for the dead, which you would know if Luther hadn’t cut out Sacred, Divinely Inspired books from the Bible, namely 2 Maccabees.
God is a Holy Fire. In his gaze which purifies us, we are purged. And we will be glad of such a mercy.
June 17, 2016 at 5:22pm
Good to know you don’t believe in the idea of “hate crimes.” Me neither.
June 17, 2016 at 5:21pm
I don’t know why you have to make fun of their screen name, as if poor googling wasn’t breaking internet protocol enough already.
 June 17, 2016 at 1:06pm
that’s not how research is done.
That’s absolutely an idiotic way to google for truth, in fact.
I was responding to someone who was researching that way whose screen name is hi, dum dum
I don't know why you have to make fun of their screen name, as if poor googling wasn't breaking internet protocol enough already.
LestWeForget, my advice to you would be to take a break from the Blaze...your posts are making no sense.
Sure is strange how your lunatic rantings seem to get you so many up votes on every article you comment on, and in no time at all it would seem. Do you have like 700 computers at your desk with which you give yourself piles of thumbs up, or have you got all your congregational brethren from the Westboro Baptist Church giving you a hand?
Hmmm, "dum dum"? eda, are you Blinky's mom?
Yes I have 700 computers at my desk.
"Yes I have 700 computers at my desk."
>I knew it!
Hey, take some lithium you loony, anti-Christian trollette. On second thought, don’t take any lithium, I’m having too much fun!
 June 17, 2016 at 1:04pm
What a sick thing to say. You have mommy and daddy issues.
I guarantee your parents (evil as you think they were) loved you enough to tell you when you were going to burn your hand on the stove, or not to do drugs, or that it was wrong to rape girls. But if you had urges to do those things, you wouldn’t just kill yourself because mom and dad told you the truth, that wrong is wrong.
You might rebel and do the sins anyway, but ending your own life, that’s despair. Not resentment and anger.
Are you old enough to have children? Do you?
Did you teach them right from wrong or did you go the “we are equals. you can self-determine” route? If the former, hope your child never kills herself. If the latter, save up for psychiatry and legal fees.
This is the internet, where you can say the most hurtful, vile things and there be absolutely no consequence. Sad but true.
spud, this isn't just the internet, this is America...it's called freedom of speech...while I don't agree with the statement of cobalt, I support his right to say it. There should not be consequences for speaking your mind!!! Good Grief
Good to know you don't believe in the idea of "hate crimes." Me neither.
eda says: "There should not be consequences for speaking your mind!!"
But words have an effect. "“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”
 June 17, 2016 at 12:18pm
He is sovereign.
He permits evil for His higher purposes, and even people who are evil to hate Him are permitted to breathe because if they convert or if others convert in the face of that person’s god-hating and Christian-hating evil, it will be to the Glory of God.
It is why the Church is growing by leaps and bounds in the areas of the highest persecution. The more liberals persecute us here, the more people will come closer to Christ.
All praise and Glory to God.
 June 17, 2016 at 12:10pm
Is this a paid ad for the DVD?
If so, does that have to be disclosed, for legal reasons?
Not accusing, just curious.
June 17, 2016 at 12:07pm
There is no reason to put faith in such stories. The gnostics who wrote such texts were not Christian, but dangerous heretics and apostates.
June 17, 2016 at 12:05pm
dwilk, that’s not Biblical and not theologically sound.
I’m curious what denomination taught you that; will you say?
I don't mind saying. I go to what others would call a "non-denominational" church. We believe what the Bible says even if it rubs us the wrong way, goes against our preconceived ideas, or theology. I used to go, when I was a kid, to a Baptist denominational church. It was a good church for what they knew, but when I was there at the time I thought why is there any other book besides Romans in the Bible, if you catch my meaning. Cause the only book that would be preached out of was "the Roman road to salvation". After graduating high school and going to the military I went to the way of the world, and it wasn't until about 15yrs later that I got back on track, had a tangible experience with God when I got filled with the spirit (forever changing me!) and started going to a fairly local faith based church that has very simple style preaching and teaching. The Holy Spirit has ministered a whole lot of scripture based truths to me thru our pastors.
I don't think any denomination is Biblical or sound. I'm not trying to insult any of your ideas by this statement. It is just to me having denominations is proof that the enemy of our soul has had success in dividing what once was whole.
I realize my original post can be misunderstood. What I mean is that I believe that while Jesus was here on the earth during His 30 sum odd yrs that every thing He did, He did and performed as a man with no unfair advantage over you or I. Proving to both you and I that everything He did we can do also.
Yes He is and always has been God, but during that time every sign, every wonder, every miracle He performed was done as a man, and I will go on and say it was done thru the power of The Holy Spirit in Him after He was baptized.
The reason I say this is cause as believers in Christ we too are called to do the works He did (Jn14). It's just part of the signs and wonders that should follow us (Mk 16). I've also heard from fellow believers that you can't expect them to do any of those same type of works. Usually they'll say something like this; "I know Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, etc, but that was Jesus, I mean come on, He is God. You can't expect me to do those same things", or some similar variance of that.
Very nice testimony. Glad to hear it, brother.
I would give some thought and study to the idea that Jesus received the Holy Spirit at the Baptism in the Jordan. No one else did - it was a different baptism than Christians receive upon Jesus' command. We know the two types of baptism are different from Scripture. Reflect upon creation and that The Word was there from the Beginning doing these things. Compared to your idea that Jesus didn't have powers before the Jordan river. Recall His recorded childhood and the wisdom He had that amazed others. This wisdom is not possible without the Holy Spirit.
Recognize that his mother, Mary, knew He had power to perform miracles at Cana. How would she know if she'd not seen his miraculous work before? Finally, realize that the doctrine of the Trinity requires an understanding that God is 3 persons in One, undivided unity. How could Jesus who was FULLY God and fully man be divided, ever, from the Holy Spirit?
Yes He is and always has been God, ......
No, He is, and always has been Lord, son of God. One in the God family of two. He will rule His Fathers Kingdom for a Millennia, then His fathers throne will touch down, and they will rule forever.
 June 17, 2016 at 12:00pm
It is always powerful to see how God will bring good out of evil (suicide).