It reminds me of Martin Lutherâ€™s 95 Theses that sparked off the Protestant Reformation, one of which was saying sarcastically (in my poor paraphrase, it sounds better in Lutherâ€™s original), â€śWhy does not the Pope forgive everyoneâ€™s sins, instead of charging to do so?â€ť referring to the Papal indulgences that were being sold by Johann Tetzel and others, supposedly for the forgiveness, of sins. The unspoken answer to that question was that, of course, he had no power to do any such thing, whether it be Leo X or the current Francis I.
The Bible of course tells us in Johnâ€™s first epistle that we cone to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sins, and that He is our Advocate, while Paul tells us that we have one Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ, and only one.
On an interesting note, my own Reformed Baptist church was not open today due to the Coronavirus, and sadly does not livestream, so I watched a livestream from a famous large Reformed Baptist, that basically was carried out live by the pastor on his own, in an empty church, but with recorded congregational hymns with congregation and organ, from past services! It was certainly very comforting to hear what sounded like a real service!!
WOW!!! I can't even begin to believe that this man truly believes that he has the authority or the power or the ability to forgive or deny forgiveness to anybody for their sins. Regarding the pope & the RCC, I think that I now may have heard it ALL!
""The Catholic Church on Friday granted forgiveness -- under certain conditions -- for the sins of the faithful struck by the novel coronavirus.""
Wow! "GRANTED" forgiveness - such power in a mere mortal? To 'grant' forgiveness is a divine prerogative - But the Vatican usurps this authority by popish presumption. Will God grant the Vatican forgiveness for this sin. NO!
Quote:- "First notice, that he has done this certainly. The apostle does not say he hopes so, but he says, "God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph 4:32. Are you in the number of the forgiven, my dear hearer? Hast thou believed in the Lord Jesus Christ? Then, as sure as you have believed, God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Have you put your trust in the atoning sacrifice? Then God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. You have not begun to be a Christian, I hope, with the idea that one day, at some future period, you may obtain forgiveness. No. "God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Pardon is not a prize to be run for, but a blessing received at the first step of the race." (C H Spurgeon).
Mark 2:7 was the very Scripture the Holy Spirit brought to mind when I saw this headline. God manifest in the flesh--Jesus Christ--has the authority to forgive sin. The pope does not, as he isn't, never was, and never will be God.
37. but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. 38. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything 39. from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40. Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about: 41. Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you. 42. As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43. And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.
Remember there is no vicar for Christ. The Scriptures explains where the grace of God comes from, and it is Christ alone that forgiveness comes from
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