Wednesday, 29 March 2017
This is true for both evangelicals and catholics. How we confess is quite different though.
I have been told (asked) that we don't confess. To which I reply, yes we do, just not to a priest. Which, come to think of it, is also not true. We confess to the great High Priest.
I have often wondered what one would confess to a priest? Would it be the same as when I confess to Jesus for my sins? Would I hide things from an earthly priest? Because God knows my sins, and knows what I am 'hiding', but an earthly priest would not.
I remember a lady from our church in Chihuahua saying that she didn't mind going to confession and confessing the same things every week. However, she hated telling God that she had committed the same sin, week after week.
Recently a friend said that confession made him view prayer like a punishment. I looked at him and asked "how so?" Well, after you confess the priest tells you how many times to recite the Lord's Prayer, as part of your penance. So he began to view prayer as a punishment for his sins. How sad. Yet they HAVE to go to confession or they can not take communion.
My context is so very different that I continue to try to understand their belief's. I ask them what they do with Hebrews 4:14-16
While they agree that you can confess to God directly, one still must go to confession to take the Lord's supper. So while I don't agree, I continue to discuss the Throne of Grace. A final thought... Is their 'problem' one of 'ritualizing' confession, and our problem one of not confessing, or taking sin too lightly?