Monday, July 2, 2018

Does Forgiveness Of Sin Come Through The Roman Catholic Church?

          "There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest. Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin." (CCC # 982)

          The most obvious problem with the quoted excerpt is that the Scripture never mentions one getting his or her sins forgiven through a complex church hierarchy. It is given by a Person, and His name is Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:10-12). Our sins are washed away by His shed blood (Hebrews 9:13-14; 1 John 1:7-9; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 1:5). We are justified by accepting the gospel, which nowhere demands a complex hierarchy. The mercy of God is not limited to an institution or a set of rituals. Nowhere does Scripture say that His grace is imparted or communicated through some human institution.

           There is another problem with the quoted excerpt from the Roman Catholic catechism above not readily apparent to a cursory reader. Scripture tells us that only God knows the hearts of man (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Kings 8:37-39; 2 Chronicles 6:30). Rome does not have that ability. To claim that the Roman Catholic Church has the authority to forgive our sins is to assert a human institution in the place of God, and so is presumption in the highest degree.


  1. Right, we need Gods forgiveness to get to heaven. When one sins they sin against God not the Roman Catholic church.

  2. The only sins that the Catholic Church can forgive are those that are committed against the Catholic Church (Matthew 6:14-15). God never required penance or acts of contrition for forgiveness and He did not require an intermediary other than Jesus Christ in the process