Under Covenant, Jesus told the disciples that they could remit the sins of others. Ah-ha, Catholics didn't just make that up. No, they are simply misappropriating scripture. They have taking a doctrine from another dispensation and mis-applied it in an attempt to make it fit in today.
John 20:23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Under Grace, no one can remit sins anymore because sins are not even being imputed. How can this be? Because Christ was made sin for us.
2 Corinthians 5:19 ...God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;...
Question: If sin is not being imputed, what is there to remit?
At the time Christ spoke of men being able to remit sins, was before his finished cross-work. He had yet to die for anyone's sins, hence the reason they needed remitted.
Remit - to cancel or refrain from exacting or inflicting (a debt or punishment).
Why do Catholics claim the need for a priest to act as a mediator, when the bible CLEARLY states that the only mediator between God and man is Christ Jesus?
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
This from an article on Catholicism: "The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation with a priest ordained in the name of Jesus Christ not only reconciles the sinner to God but with the entire church, including you and me."
And the following was sent in to us by a former Catholic who is now a Truth Time Radio listener. This is what he said the priest told him during one of his confessions.
"May our Lord Jesus Christ absolve you, and I by His authority absolve you from every bond of excommunication and interdict to the extent of my power and your need. Finally, I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."
If the Catholic church would simply rightly divide the word of truth they would cease from such nonsense.
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."