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The papal system is a man made institution. The Scriptures do not speak of or support this system, nor do the Scriptures give the individuals who hold this office any authority. Below are claims made by the Catholic leadership that are not supported in Scripture, but are the invention of men only.
No place in Scripture is any mortal man given the authority to 'absolve' any other man's sins. Nor can a man absolve his own sins. The only person who can forgive sin...the only person who can deal with our sins is Christ Himself. And he did that completely at the cross.
Myth: The priest can absolve sins.
When we are in need, and that includes our need to confess sin, we are to go to the Throne of Grace, not to a mortal man. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16).
The moment Jesus dies on the cross, the office of the priest came to an end. Any one from that time to today who calls themselves
a priest is presumptuous, to say the least. Jesus, our High Priest, was and is the last priest. Scripture tells us, "Seeing then that
we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not
have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews
4:14-15). Jesus now stands as our High Priest, ever interceding in our behalf. This duty was NEVER given to any mortal man.
is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, ..." (1 Timothy 2:5). Why do we need an earthly mediator, when
we have Christ Himself. Upon Jesus' crucifixion, God ended the office of the priesthood.
Myth: The priesthood is an extension of that described in the Old Testament.
The office of the priest in the Roman Catholic religion denies the priesthood of the believer. By that is meant, that all believers can go directly to the Throne of Grace, can go directly to God themselves, as indicated in the above Scripture references.
Those who adhere to the Catholic religion are told that they should go through their local priest in regard to spiritual matters.
They are told the Bible is too difficult to understand, so one should rely on the priest to tell them what the Bible says. The idea
of one going directly to God on their own behalf or on the behalf of another is not encouraged.
As Christians, we are told that WE are part of a royal priesthood, through Christ. "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous
light;" (1 Peter 2:9). We can go directly to the Lord. We don't need any mortal man. We can go to the Lord in behalf of someone else.
That is we can pray for, intercede for another person. To put it simple, we can pray for another. We need not go to anyone who has
self-appointed themselves an office that we all hold in Christ.
Men who address themselves as priests, who wear the special garb of
the priest, and hold that they should not marry, are not only presumptuous, but communicate an illegitimate office of the church,
not supported in Scripture.
Myth: We must go through the priest in regard to spiritual matters.
When we, as Christians do sin, we have an advocate to whom we can go, that being Jesus Christ Himself. Scripture says, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1). If we sin, we can go directly to the Savior, not the priest.
Scripture also says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9). Again, the priest has nothing to do with this. Our confession is to be directed to the Lord.