Also, by the very verse you quoted for this topic, what is the priest for? It said forgive the sins of one another, it didn't say go to a priest and be granted forgiveness from him.
The verse was an admonishment to the body of Christ on forgiving one another, not an instruction to continue an Old Testament practice that was no longer needed once Jesus the High Priest came.
But, I do have a question. Your posts seem to be posed in the form of a questions as a gateway for you to judge and insult the protestants. How is that productive to the edification and building of the church?
Elvisman, is this true?
. Here's why:
The generally accepted rule of hermeneutics (biblical interpretation) is that when Jesus spoke to the crowds
, he spoke to ALL
of us. When Jesus instructed the Twelve
, it was to the leaders
of the Church.
The practice of telling our sins directly to a priest is based directly in Scripture. THREE
times in the Gospels (Matt. 16:19, 18:18 and John 20:23),
we read where Jesus gave the Apostles the power to forgive sins or to hold them bound. This is not a something that Jesus took lightly. In John 20:21-23
, Jesus (who is God) breathes on the Apostles as he is giving them this power:"(Jesus) said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins YOU forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins YOU retain are retained."
The fact that Jesus breathed on the Apostles when entrusted them with this ministry is highly
significant because he doesn’t do this anywhere else in the New Testament. In fact, there are only two times
of Scripture where God breathes on man:
The first is when he breathed life
. The second is here in John’s Gospel when he is giving them the power to forgive or retain sins