Some of the scriptures you've referenced are taken out of context, Jesus is referring to OURSELVES forgiving OTHERS, as in our hearts. Not going to confess them to a preist. Only Christ can offer forgiveness, He did that when He died for us on the Cross. Anything I do wrong, I ask for His forgiveness, nobody elses. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 936840
You are the one taking John 20:23 out of context to deny we must confess our sins to another, as Jesus states to a priest. He didn't breath on you, see the previous verse. Breathing on them and then, empowering them, the Apostles, commanding them to forgive sins in Christ's place and since they would not always be here, their successors by the "laying on of hands" all ordained priests to come after them.
Christians believed in Confession to a priest until 1517, when some broke away and said no, denying the authority of the Church and the spiritual authority and power of the priesthood in God's New Covenant.
Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.
And how do the last words of Our Lord apply to your personal interpretation of this verse...meaning "OURSELVES forgiving OTHERS"..? God said we must forgive all, not retain any unforgiveness.
Again...until 1517 confession to a priest was never
denied. Read the quotes of the first Christians. I'll
post the early Church Fathers, their beliefs.
Jesus established this way and you are saying no. Confessing our sins to another, the priest help us with
humility and hearing the priest's absolution with the
assurance our sins are truly forgiven.
I don't know a single Protestant who confesses their sins
to "another" which Scripture states or as their excuse, I go in my prayer closet and confess my sins to God directly.
And besides, because of heresy, their are many damning,
mortal sins Protestants in our time now reject. How do
they have God's presence in their soul? It isn't possible.
Why the Great Warning will help save many souls. They
will finally say "yes." Not all, God said in the messages
many apostate Protestants will say "no" and that more
non-Christians will accept God's Truth shown them personally
in the Great Warning.
Everyone at GLP, remember, don't be one who pridefully
says "no" to this loving act of God which is soon.