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. 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 or communicated 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). 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." Moreover, we know that Rome does not have any ability to forgive our sins because 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 place 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