Protestants confess their sins. However, they don’t go to a priest to do it. We pray to God directly for forgiveness of our sins
So do Catholics. But we also go to the Sacrament of Confession in order that our souls be washed of our sins in this life. That is the benefit of the Sacrament.
Whether you’re Catholic or Protestant, confession is a must.
Very true. Because without repentance, there is no salvation.
Yes, I realize this. I didn’t mean to infer that you would not have gone to Christ in prayer to confess. I should have cleared that up, but thanks for doing so.
What you don’t realize is that they “think” they are confessing to God. But in fact, they are not. They are simply recounting to themselves their own guilt.
One does not need to confess in order for God to know that they are truly repentant. God is omniscient. The benefit of the Sacrament of Confession is in the CONFIRMATION by the Minister of God that God has heard the repentant sinner and washed away their sin.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
This is the doctrine of Baptisms. Every Sacrament is a Baptism.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The Protestant who denies the benefit of the Sacrament of confession, has, by his unbelief, condemned himself.
But he that approaches the founts of grace, the Sacraments, including Confession, with sincere belief that God can do through that Sacrament what He promised, that man is saved.
Biblical Catholic Doctrine:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the missions which was given the Church. This is expressly stated in Scripture:
2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
This ministry of reconciliation entails all the Sacraments. Baptism chief amongst them. But also Confession, Eucharist and Annointing. Scripture is very clear that God gave men the power to forgive sins:
King James Version (KJV)
5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7And he arose, and departed to his house. 8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
Scripture is also clear that God appointed men to rule over us and to be responsible over our souls to whom we should submit and obey. Protestants do their best to deny and ignore this teaching:
Matthew 18:17And 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.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Especially when it comes to confessing our sins to a Priest. But Scripture says:
John 20:2323Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
And how else could we confess our sins if we were not supposed to confess them through a Priest?
But a Protestant will say, “I confess directly to God!” But Scripture says:
2 Corinthians 5:19-21King James Version (KJV)
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Has anyone ever heard that the Priest in confession stands in “persona Christi”? That is what that verse tells? He stands in the person of Christ.
Now, because Protestants have discarded tradition, because they deny the authority of the Church, and because they deny the authority of the men which God appointed to be responsible for his soul, they can’t imagine that God could actually have given the Church the authority to forgive sins in confession. But that is exactly what Scripture says and that is what we see the Tradition of the Church doing, from the beginning.
[A filial method of forgiveness], albeit hard and laborious [is] the remission of sins through penance, when the sinner . . . does not shrink from declaring his sin to a priest of the Lord and from seeking medicine, after the manner of him who say, “I said, to the Lord, I will accuse myself of my iniquity” (Homilies in Leviticus 2:4 [A.D. 248]).
You don’t believe me? Don’t make me slap you!