What Is Truth? - What Hath The LORD Answered Thee, What Hath The LORD Spoken Unto Thee?
"Pilate therefore said unto Him, Art thou a king then? JESUS answered, Thou sayest that I am a king, To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My Voice. [!] Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth?" John 18:37,38
[What Is Truth? Treatises hyperlink list.]
The "Sacrament" of Confession: is it Biblical, Scriptural, taught in the Bible, or at least "Bible-based"? Or, is this "Sacrament" yet one more egregious example of the Roman Catholic Church's penchant for reinventing Christianity? i.e. supplanting the true with satanic, anti-Bible, anti-Christ falsehood?
. "Father Joe" or "Holy Joe"
During July 2002 an NBC Dateline TV program featured a Roman Catholic "street priest" in New York City, who is referred to as "Father Joe" (the "Father" title attributed to all Roman Catholic priests, deliberately breaking Jesus Christ's commandment not to be called "Father," "Master," nor "Lord").
Dear old Joe was treated extremely deferentially and respectfully, and even heroically by the NBC program, this despite the absolute fact that he permitted two innocent young men to be convicted and imprisoned for a murder he knew they were innocent of committing, and the actual murderer whom he knew the identity of.
After the innocent young men had suffered for 13 years, dear old Joe "heroically" came forward to testify of the truth, this after the actual murderer had been slain, and the innocent men were likely due to be released within two more years of imprisonment.
What was the crux of the reason for why dear old Joe had kept silent, i.e. had refused to lift a little finger to witness to the truth, to show mercy to the innocent, to spare the innocent, to execute judgment & justice on the guilty? The Roman Catholic "Sacrament" of Confession!!!!
Dear old Joe admitted he had really not given much thought, nor prayer to the matter over all of those years, much less study of the Holy Bible and what God says concerning the responsibility all christians, much more Priests, have to witness to the truth, to not bear false witness against one's fellow man (Commandment IX: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour") whether by commission or omission, i.e. whether verbally or silently/mutely.
Incredibly, and damnably, dear old Joe chose to communicate with the condemned young men throughout the years telling them that God knew they were innocent and would act to free them, and not to give up hope....
Dear old Joe, like Dear old John Paul II, expressed and demonstrated greater compassion for the guilty, the murderer, than for the innocents wrongfully convicted of the murder. Joe had no qualms over the injustice, he washed his hands of it, his concern was for the murderer, and that he be sensitive to him, considerate of him, and protective of him! even though Joe admitted he knew the murderer was unsaved, not a member of the faith....
Joe's slavish obedience to the damnable Roman Catholic doctrine of their "Sacrament" of Confession, resulted in innocent young men suffering for 13 years of their young adulthood, 13 years deprived of marriage, and raising families, starting careers, not to mention suffering the shame and disgrace of being made convicted murderers; it also resulted in the murderer being left in society, to continue on his drug-laden, crime-committing ways, only to be slain while still a young man; good work Joe!
. The Roman Catholic "Church" is so wrong on so many counts, the question is where to begin?
The "Sacrament" of Confession does not exist, but the truly unforgivable Sin of "Con-fession" does. What passes as a sacrament, the rules governing it, and the form it takes, is utterly unbiblical, and glaringly contra-biblical. The effect of carrying out and enforcing the "Sacrament" of Confession, is to give guilty sinners a false sense of security via "absolution" of their sins, a false belief that they are forgiven for committing sins that they are not forgiven and will be punished for in the next life, and aiding & abetting their literally "getting away with murder, rape..." by claiming a holy commandment to never divulge the evils/crimes/capital crimes "confessed" in the "sacrament" of confession.... This is why it was always a favorite of the mafia, cosa nostra....
If we had a system of justice in the United States of America (but we don't), we would prosecute priests for obstructing justice & aiding & abetting criminals after the fact in evading justice, and before the fact, in continuing to commit crimes and violent crimes. The practice and enforcement of the so-called "Sacrament" of Confession subverts, undermines, and overthrows civil justice, diametrically contrary to the Word of God, and thus brings blood-guiltiness upon the entire nation and population of the nation in which this "Sacrament" is practiced and enforced. Indeed, the "Sacrament" of Confession permits priests, bishops...to enable rapist-priests to continue to prey upon the flock, including preying upon the most innocent, vulnerable, helpless sheep, the lambs, the little children, by covering up the evils of the evil priests.
Furthermore, the practice of the so-called "Sacrament" of Confession prevents horribly wronged wives from being able to seek divorce from their adulterous husbands on the only biblically permitted justification for divorce, i.e. adultery, by enabling/covering up the sins of the adulterers, and thus even makes the wives more likely to suffer being infected with AIDS and other STDs. Oh what a Holy "Sacrament"!
. It is stated in the epistles (not the gospels, i.e. not by Jesus the Christ) that we should confess our sins to one another, and pray for one another (Priests are not mentioned, nor is any particular form of confession prescribed).
In the gospels Jesus said to Simon Peter (Rocky Peter)
"And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Some people, chiefly the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic "Church," choose to interpret this verse of scripture to mean that Simon Peter was given the power and authority to veto sin, to overrule sin, including perverting justice, and overthrowing judgment. Not so! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost did not give unto the leaders of the church the freedom, much less the commandment, to pervert justice, and overthrow judgment; just the opposite! But like the Jewish hierarchy before them, the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the name of serving the Lord Jesus Christ (who had condemned the Jewish hierarchy when he walked on this earth, prior to laying down his life as atonement for those sinners who would embrace him as Saviour & LORD), chose to ignore the commandments of Jesus Christ & God the Father, and refuse to obey the Holy Word of God, and chose to reverse and overthrow the Holy Word of God by creating their own unrighteous, unjust, fleshly, sinful, blind, dead, dogmas, creeds, rules, regulations, "sacraments," and "commandments," and consequently are even more damned than the Jewish Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Lawyers/Doctors of the Law, whom John the Baptist, and Jesus the Christ condemned (per the precedent Jesus gave in Matthew 11:20-24).
In the gospels Jesus said to the apostles
"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
"Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
"But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
"Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."
. The "Sacrament" of Confession is a Con, a sham, a fraud, Institutional SIN, a satanically crafted lie, a damnable heresy, one of numerous damnable heresies which pervade 'good' Roman Catholic doctrine and practice.
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What Is Truth? Treatise hyperlink list
Roman Catholic error & wrongs
. Another gospel!
. Martin Luther & the Reformation
. Marianism: Are you a Christian or a Marian; can you truly be both, or are they mutually exclusive?
. Mary, 'Mother of GOD'!!!, 'Co-Redeemer'!!!
. Peter, Peter....
. Worshipping with Pagans, Heathens, Infidels: The Blind Leading, Following, and Flattering the Blind
. Dunkin' Babies
. Eternally Single 'Fathers'
. Rape of children, especially "Man-boy love"!
. Indulging Caesar, er Rome, er Papa
. When in Rome, Do as the Monkeys Do?, Bow down to Darwin and the Anti-GOD squad
. Papa Says, Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery With Thy Wife! (according to John Paul II)
. Holy Annulment, Vat-Man!
. Holy Monopoly
. Catholic Scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites...what the Lord of glory has to say of "holy Rome," and the "holy See"
. Current Holy Idolatry & the Soon-coming Anti-Christ!
. "Catholics Can Always Come Home"
. "The Sanctity of Life," "Pro-Life," "All Life is Sacred" Doctrine, & the anti-Biblical Flaw which fatally undermines it!
. Canonization, Sainthood, & the 'Miracles' required to be ascribed to the 'Sainted' ones, including 'miracles' occurring many hundreds of years or more after the death of the 'Saints'!
Catholic (Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox) error & wrongs
. Don't be conned by Icons, 'holy' relics, & other assorted trappings, contrary to God's Word and true religion
Catholic (Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox) & Protestant Christian error & wrongs
. "TO THE UNKNOWN GOD"
. How Many Apostles Can Fit on the Head of a Pin?
Jewry, Jewish wrongs
. Don't Blame Us, We Didn't Crucify Jesus, The Romans Did!
. Scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites...what the Lord of glory has to say of the Jewish hierarchy
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