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What does the Bible say about confessing sins to a priest?

The concept of going to a priest for confession of sins is not taught anywhere in the Bible. First, the New Testament does not teach that there should be priests in the New Covenant. Instead, the New Testament teaches that all believers are priests. 1 Peter 2: 5-9 describes the believers as "holy priesthood" and "royal priesthood." Revelation 1: 6 and 5:10 both describe the believers as "one kingdom and one priest." In the old covenant, believers had to approach God through the priests. The priests were mediators between man and God. The priests brought the offerings to God in the name of the people. This is no longer necessary. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made, we can now approach the throne of God with boldness (Hebrews 4:16). The temple curtain, which tore in two at Jesus' death, was the symbol that the dividing wall between God and humanity had now been destroyed. We can approach God directly, ourselves, without the need for a human mediator. Why? Because Jesus himself is our high priest (Hebrews 4: 14-15; 10:21) and the only mediator between us and God (1 Timothy 2:15). The New Testament teaches that there should be elders (1 Timothy 3), deacons (1 Timothy 3), bishops (Titus 1: 6-9), and pastors (Ephesians 4:11) - but no priests.

When it comes to confession of sins, believers are told at 1 John 1: 9 to confess their sins to God. God is faithful and just that He forgives us our sins if we confess them to Him. James 5:16 speaks of confessing our wrongdoings to "one another," but this is not the same as going to confession to a priest as the Roman Catholic Church teaches. There is no mention of priests / church leaders in the context of James 5:16. Also, James 5:16 does not associate the forgiveness of sins with the confession of sins “to one another”.

The Roman Catholic Church bases its practice of confessing sins to a priest primarily on Catholic tradition. Catholics point out at John 20:23, "If you forgive someone's sins, they are forgiven; if you keep them, they are kept". From this verse, Catholics deduce that the apostles were given the authority to forgive sins, and that this authority was passed on to the successors of the apostles, i.e. H. the bishops and priests of the Roman Catholic Church. There are several problems with this design. (1) John 20:23 nowhere mentions confession of sin. (2) John 20:23 nowhere promises, or even mentions, that the authority to forgive sins would be passed on to the successors of the apostles. Jesus' promise was directed specifically to the apostles. (3) The New Testament nowhere says that the apostles would ever have successors. Likewise, Catholics point to Matthew 16:19 and 18:18 (bind and loosen) as evidence of the authority of the Catholic Church to forgive sins. These three points above apply to these verses.

Again, the concept of going to a priest to confess one's sins is not taught anywhere in the scriptures. We are to confess our sins to God (1 John 1: 9). As New Covenant believers, we do not need mediators between us and God. We can go straight to God because of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. 1 Timothy 2: 5, "For there is one God, and one is the mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ".


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What does the Bible say about confessing sins to a priest?
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