- Consider This Statement From The Roman Catholic Catechism:
Well, the most obvious problem with the quoted excerpt is that the Scripture never mentions one getting his or her sins forgiven through a church hierarchy. In other words, salvation is not granted through any religious organization. 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. It is the Lord who saves us. All who call on Him shall be saved (Acts 2:21). It is He who has mercifully paid our sin debt in full (Matthew 18:23-35). The mercy of God is not limited to an institution or a set of rituals. Nowhere does Scripture say that His grace is imparted through some hierarchy. It is simply wrong for the Church of Rome to maintain that He has bestowed upon it some sort of power and authority to pardon our iniquity.
Other existing problems about the quoted excerpt from the Catholic catechism above are probably not as readily apparent to a cursory reader. The Lord Jesus Christ does make mention of the unpardonable sin, which is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-29). The people who take the mark of the Beast during the tribulation period are also sealed permanently for eternal condemnation (Revelation 13:12-19; 14:9-12). So it is not true that the Roman Catholic Church has the power to absolve sin, no matter how serious the action in the sight of God. Furthermore, we know that Rome does not have any ability to forgive sins because the Scripture teaches only God knows the hearts of man (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Kings 8:37-39; 2 Chronicles 6:30). To claim that the Roman Catholic Church has the authority to forgive sins is to put that organization in the place of God, and so is presumption in the highest degree.