See doc files on why "confession" was invented by Vatican

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


"XXVII. "As the exorbitant ecclesiastical power of the Church of Rome is bound up intimately, and by a well-known analogy, with absolute power and civil despotism, the confessional is converted into a political engine by a true espionage, by means of which is discovered every liberal tendency, and everything that can offend the supreme authority." (The Confessional by Luigi Desanctis, 1889 p.135)

"That the betrayal of confessions is the mainspring of the political machinery of the Jesuits scarcely needs a proof. The testimony of a writer may suffice who was intimately acquainted with the working of their system:--

                XV. "With respect to the universal police of the Jesuits, it is as skillfully organized as that of the most powerful political states. I imagine that it has even a precious and inexhaustible source of intelligence, of which the civil police is destitute,-the thousand intimations which reach it through the confessional, always excepting the acknowledgment of faults, an object, I believe, of rigorous secrecy with the Jesuits. It is well known that the Jesuits never undertake the direction of any woman of the world, but on condition of being informed of her name, her position in point of fortune, the political opinions of her husband, the newspapers admitted into the family, the institutions where her children are educated. This evidently presents a more certain method of knowing in a short time what passes in the inner life of families than the police could ever attain. To adhere strictly to truth, I ought to add that the Jesuits who thus submit to act as spies send in reports to their superiors with the idea of being useful to religion, and of contributing to the great glory of God. They are human means employed in the service of the holy cause. Unfortunately for them, and for those who do not understand the inherent baseness of such a system, the world external to religious influences entertains for it an insuperable horror. To accept the idea that it is allowable to resort to base means of doing good, is repugnant to common honesty. In the world there is a difficulty in believing that Christ desired His disciples to act as spies and informers for the salvation of souls.

                "Above all, it is a source of special wonder that it is possible to bind honest Christian natures to so infamous a trade, and that there exists any system powerful enough to produce the belief that acts are good and beautiful, which in themselves, are vile and shameful. This, very probably, is what Lamennais intended, when he spoke of 'something against natures.' " (Le Maudit, vol. i., ch. xiv., p. 168: Paris, 1864.)

                Though Ignatius originally forbade the acceptance of civil or ecclesiastical dignities, yet the palpable advantage is possessing the secrets of royalty by means of the confessional were too tempting to be resisted.

                XVI. "Gonzalez refused the dignity of confessor to the King of Portugal, but he was obliged instantly to enter upon the office by the command of the General" [Loyola], "who pointed out the necessity of refusing a mitre, or a Cardinal's hat, which might alienate him from the Society, yet he insisted that a Jesuit should gladly become confessor to a king: for by discovering his inmost secrets, and by perfect access at all times, he would do the Order infinite service." (Godfrey Massey, Secret History of Romanism, p. 11, 2nd ed.: Lond., 1853, quoting Hospinian, 242.)

                The nature of the perfidious services rendered by these Jesuit emissaries to the General of the Order is thus described  by Duller:--

                XVII. "They" [the Jesuits] "were, however, in duty bound to let no opportunity slip of securing and retaining the favour of their royal penitent, which must be dexterously made efficient towards furthering the general interests of their Order; and they were further enjoined, in all cases of doubt or difficulty, in which a sovereign sought their counsel, to refer the matter to their superior, and obtain his decisions, before giving their own reply; in reference to which it must be mentioned, as an essential part of the system, that the confessions of sovereign princes were at all times communicated to the General of the Order. This was doubtless a most criminal breach of confessional secrecy; but the crime was, as usual, excused on the ground of the good end for which it was committed-the advantage of the Order. Thus the Jesuit General, though residing at Rome, was cognisant of the most secret thoughts and designs of every Catholic prince throughout Europe, and could by their confessors, who were his creatures, turn and guide them as so many puppets, according to his good pleasure, and through them the nations likewise; so that by means of such kingly slaves, or rather bailiffs, he could get every enemy of his Order, every friend of truth and liberty, into his power, and convert that royal majesty to which the nations naturally look for protection, safety, and blessing, into the tool of a foreign despotism." (The Jesuits as they were and are. By Edwd. Duller, translated from the German by Mrs. Stanley Care, ch. iv., pp. 72,'3: Lond., 1845)

                N.B.-Duller was a Roman Catholic.

                Sometimes, however, this formidable engine of their power was converted into an instrument for their destruction; as in this anecdote of the Empress Maria Theresa and her confessor.

                XVIII. "The influence of the Minister, Kaunitz, over the mind of the Empress was, as" [the Emperor] "Joseph here acknowledges, very considerable, and this influence he used to turn her against the Jesuits: for by obtaining from Madrid a copy of the sins which she had at the previous Easter confessed to the priest, he showed how even the secrets of the confessional are used for political purposes." ("History of the Protestant Church in Hungary," ch. xiv., p. 344: translated by the Rev. J. Craig, D.D.: London, James Nisbet & Co., 1854; and Duller, "The Jesuits as they were and are," ch. ix., p. 156.)

                XIX. "but the fathers of the Company," [of the Jesuits] "by means of the confessor, . . . . are accurately and minutely informed of all the points discussed and determined in the most secret councils, and are almost as well, if not better, acquainted than the princes themselves, with the state of their revenue, their expenditure, and even their designs, &c . . . . In a word, they cause rebellions and outbreaks in the lands of those princes, which they have the more effectual means of doing owing to their knowledge of the inmost secrets of the hearts of the subjects through the medium of confessions." (Instructions for Princes, attributed to Arias Montanus in the "History of the Jews in Spain," by Do Adolfo de Castro, pp. 249, 250: Cambridge, 1851.)

                XX. "And so they came to all the secrets that were in men's hearts, so that emperor nor king could say or do, nor think anything in his heart, but they knew it, and so applied all the purposes and intents of princes to their own commodities. And this was the fruit of their auricular confession." -Bp. Latimer, Sermon on Matt. viii., 1-3

                XXI. "By means of the religious orders submitted to its power and discipline, the Holy See was enabled to penetrate into the secrets of the laws, and the feelings of the people. the confessional of every Catholic monarch found its corresponding echo beneath the dome of the Vatican."

                And, a little further on: "The revelation of secrets, and surveillance, form part of the oath imposed on priests." (Briffault, Le Secret de Rome, pp. 105, '6 quoted in Roupel, Catholic and Protestant Nations compared, vol. ii., p. 136.) (The Confessional by Luigi Desanctis, 1889 p.130-133)

"By confession, in fact, so many families are immersed in poverty; because the grasping confessor, taking advantage of the weak moments of a dying man, has had the will made to the profit of the clergy: and facts of the kind may be reckoned by the million. From confession arise so many separations of married people - frequent in proportion to the frequency of confessions. Rome presents the example of ten per cent. of marriage separations, and almost all of them the doing of the confessors. And the sons? The sons, abandoned or brought up in the division of their parents, either side with the one and hate the other, or hate them both. The commandment of God? Confession annuls it.

                Nor are the mischiefs less which confession inflicts on society. Some very rare and incomplete restitutions by means of confession-lo! there are the advantages which certain priests loudly proclaim in favour of confession. But these panegyrists suppress the fact that conscientious restitutions are precisely one of the most lucrative funds of the confessional. How many confessors, where fiduciary testaments are permitted, have been left fiduciary heirs of their penitents, and have thus absorbed the whole inheritance! To whom, in fact, confide secret restitutions, if not to him to whom all the secrets of a weak conscience are known? And thus the confessor, finding himself the depositary of a rich inheritance, without witnesses to attest the wishes of the departed, without an obligation to render an account to any one, because the secrets of confession are in question, becomes directly or indirectly master of the whole, to the ruin of the heirs, and to the disgrace of the community which tolerates such iniquities. There are priests in Rome (and we could name them) who, from being miserably poor before they were confessors, now roll in riches, and inhabit the palaces of their penitents, whilst the relations, the legitimate heirs, are either reduced to beggary, or have thrown themselves in despair into the Tiber. What happens at Rome, happens, a little more, a little less, in all countries where confession is in vogue." (The Confessional by Luigi Desanctis, 1889 p.87-88)

"Then Innocent III. assembled a numerous Council at Rome (the fourth Lateran, in 1215), and there he published an edict of his own, which was accepted by the Council, in which he established confession as an obligation to be fulfilled at least once a year. Thus did confession, from a simple voluntary practice, pass into an imperative obligation. When, therefore, we assert that confession was introduced by Innocent III., we do not mean to say that he invented it, but that he changed a voluntary practice into a compulsory command.

                Innocent III. does not state the motive that instigated him to decree confession: but facts declare it. At the same time he established the Inquisition, with the obligation to denounce heretics under penalty of excommunication; it was, therefore, to assist the Inquisition that confession was established. In fact, the Council of Toulouse, in 1229, extended the edict of Innocent III., and decreed that confession must be made three times a year; and it states that it enacted this decree to be enabled to destroy heresy more effectually, and declares all those who did not confess three times a year to be suspected of heresy. Here, then we see auricular confession officially installed in Roman Christianity in the thirteenth century." (The Confessional by Luigi Desanctis, 1889 p.64)

"Confession is contrary to the practice of the primitive Church; therefore whoever would be a Christian as our fathers were, ought to reject a practice introduced by the priests for their own interest. Confession was invented by men; therefore it can have no place in a Divine religion. Confession is opposed to right reason; therefore every reasonable man ought to abstain from it. Confession is injurious to the faith; therefore whoever loves the Gospel and its religion ought to abandon it. It is contrary to morality; every virtuous man ought firmly to keep himself, and all who are under his influence, aloof from such a practice. (The Confessional by Luigi Desanctis, 1889 p.107)

Who is Luigi Desanctis -

Interesting fact from book "Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries" by William Hogan, 1854 []

"The population of this world of ours is supposed to amount to 812,553,712. Of this vast number, 137,000,000 are Roman Catholics, who now, on the 19th of July, 1845, bend knee and bow down in homage to a weak, helpless, and worthless being, the Pope of Rome; and thus, if history does not deceive us, proving themselves conspirators against the happiness of the human race."

It was nearly 17% of population back then.

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