This has to be one of the easiest "doctrines of devils" to expose. Scripture makes it so easy! Notice the following...


Matthew 18:15-20 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  


The conditions are...

  • #1     "...if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother."
  • #2     "...take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established"
  • #3     "...And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: "

Three conditions that are NOT met by simply stepping into a "confessional". The Bible is plain here. When a person is in sin you kindly bring it to their attention. If they agree and repent, they have been "loosed" from their sin. If they ignore you the next step is to let them know that more than ONE person has noticed their sin and that they are concerened for them. Still, if they ignore you, bring it to their church family. If after seeing that their entire church family is in agreement that they are in sin. Then it is obvious that they have decided not to be part of the church family and are deciding to live in sin. Then and only then are we authorized by God to "bind" them in the sin they have chosen.
 
So often the verse # 18 is the only verse used to acknowledge the authority of the Priest in confession. However, when you read the ENTIRE series of verses above, and below this verse, the TRUTH is made clear. I pray wholeheartedly that ALL Catholics get used to going to their Bibles before and after they ask a Priest for advice. This is what will open their eyes.

For those that need additional facts and ways to explain this truth. See this excerpt...

"The keys of the kingdom of heaven" are the words of Christ. All the words of Holy Scripture are His, and are here included. These words have power to open and to shut heaven. They declare the conditions upon which men are received or rejected. Thus the work of those who preach God's word is a savor of life unto life or of death unto death. Theirs is a mission weighted with eternal results.
     The Saviour did not commit the work of the gospel to Peter individually. At a later time, repeating the words that were spoken to Peter, He applied them directly to the church. And the same in substance was spoken also to the twelve as representatives of the body of believers. If Jesus had delegated any special authority to one of the disciples above the others, we should not find them so often contending as to who should be the greatest. They would have submitted to the wish of their Master, and honored the one whom He had chosen.
     Instead of appointing one to be their head, Christ said to the disciples, "Be not ye called Rabbi;" "neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ." Matt. 23:8, 10.
     "The head of every man is Christ." God, who put all things under the Saviour's feet, "gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all." 1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 1:22, 23. The church is built upon Christ as its foundation; it is to obey Christ as its head. It is not to depend upon man, or be controlled by man. Many claim that a position of trust in the church gives them authority to dictate what other men shall believe and what they shall do. This claim God does not sanction. The Saviour declares, "All ye are brethren." All are exposed to temptation, and are liable to error. Upon no finite being can we depend for guidance. The Rock of faith is the living presence of Christ in the church. Upon this the weakest may depend, and those who think themselves the strongest will prove to be the weakest, unless they make Christ their efficiency. "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm." The Lord "is the Rock, His work is perfect." "Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him." Jer. 17:5; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 2:12. -Desire of Ages pp 413 & 414
 

If peter was "the greatest" as Rome assumes regarding Matthew 16:18,19.. Why was this penned...

  • Matthew 18:1, "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

If Jesus chose Peter as "the greatest" back in Matthew 18, why are the apostles still askign who is the greatest two chapters into the future in Matthew 18? Jesus never gave the apostles power to remove any sin. There is a method by which we can "know" the sinner is unrepentant, and therefore "bound" by that fact. That is in Matthew 18:15-20 as I shared at the beginning of this page. The "keys of the Kingdom" are the Scriptures. In that holy book are all that's needed to bind and loose! Truth is truth!


What does the Roman Catholic church teach of confession in the area of preparation for it? See this.. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH DESIGNED FOR FOR THEIR CHILDREN HEADED FOR CONFESSION

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