I was just doing a quick word search on the term ‘penance’ and was totally shocked by what I read.
I was going to do a quick post on facebook, but after reading what I did, I just know that it can’t be a quick post on verse comparisons and a quick definition comparison.
I have taken this information from a Catholic website and will endeavour to use the Bible to refute and prove that these Catholic rituals are unscriptural, wrong, and will not get a person into heaven.
Penance – Penitence or repentance, a virtue disposing a sinner to hatred of his own sin because it is an offence against God and prompting him to a firm purpose of amendment.
Sacrament of Penance – A sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ in which the absolution of a priest, acting as judge, sins committed after Baptism are forgiven to a person who confesses them with sorrow and a purpose of amendment.
(Definitions from A Catholic Dictionary, 1951)”
First of all, they are correct in saying that the born again Christian should hate their own sin. If there is a love of sin there will be no conviction, or ignoring of conviction, and no desire to confess and repent. That’s about where the correct information stops.
Absolution of a priest is unbiblical. There is only one person who can forgive sins, and that is Jesus. There is only one person who Christians are to pray to as mediator and that is Jesus.
“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,“ Mark 2:10
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;“ 1 Timothy 2:5
“Church Teaching on the Sacrament of Penance:
“Hence the Council of Trent declares: For those who fall into sin after Baptism the Sacrament of Penance is as necessary to salvation as is Baptism for those who have not been already baptised.” Catechism of Council of Trent, Sacrament of Penance
“The faithful must be fully aware that sin and its eternal punishment are remitted by the Sacrament of Penance if one makes proper use of it; (1)however the entire temporal punishment is very seldom taken away. This must be removed either by satisfactory works in this life or by the fire of Purgatory after death” Encyclical On Preparation for the Holy Year by Pope Benedict XIV, 1749
“Q: Why is a penance imposed in confession?
A: A penance is imposed because, after sacramental absolution which remits sin and its eternal punishment, there generally remains a temporal punishment to be undergone, either in this world or in Purgatory.” Catechism of St. Pius X, The Sacrament of Penance
(2)“Q: Is it a sin to transgress a Precept of the Church?
A: Knowingly to transgress a Precept of the Church in grave matter is a mortal sin
Q: Name the Precepts of the Church.
A: The Precepts of the Church are:
1. To hear Mass* on all Sundays and on Holy days of obligation. (Not in the Bible.)
2. To fast during Lent, on Ember Days and appointed Vigils, and not to eat meat on forbidden days. (Fasting is for spiritual strength, not for certain days/rituals.)
3. To confess our sins at least once a year, and to receive Holy Communion at Easter each one in his own parish. (Christians are to confess when convicted of sin, whether that be weekly, daily or hourly.)
4. To contribute to the support of the Church, according to local custom.
5. Not to solemnize marriage at forbidden times, that is, from the first Sunday in Advent until the Epiphany, and from the first day of Lent until Low Sunday” Catechism of Pius X, The Precepts of the Church” (Say what?)
1. The entire punishment is taken away.
“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
Note that it doesn’t say God will forgive our sins but then we have to do ‘works’ to make up for it after He has forgiven us. Purgatory is not in the Bible.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
Jesus did it all on the cross, therefore we cannot contribute to our salvation nor make-up for our sins.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30
2. Jesus did not die on the cross because sinners sin against the Church, Jesus died because we sin against a holy and just God!
“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:” Psalm 51:4
(Exodus 10:16; Joshua 7:20; Judges 10:10 etc.)
All of the “precepts” of the “Church” mentioned here have nothing to do with God. They are all about the rules and regulations of the Catholic church, they seem to have forgotten God. It all sounds like an overbearing, controlling person (religion) who wants allegiance from his followers, not obedience to the Bible. I don’t mean to sound harsh here, but none of this is in the Bible – it’s all rules and regulations made up by man, not God.
There is no doubt that penance in general must be practiced by all Catholics as much as possible if we are to make up for our earthly offenses and attain Heaven. This has been a basic practice of the Catholic Church since Christ founded it.
As for the Sacrament of Penance, for those that sin after Baptism, it is our lifeline to Heaven. Since in some cases it is difficult to know whether we are truly in the state of grace, the Sacrament of Penance should be utilized very frequently (i.e. monthly or even more frequently)!”
Works (or trying to making up for sins) do not get anyone to heaven. Only Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, and faith in that sacrifice, will get a person into heaven.
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].” Hebrews 10:10
“For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.” Romans 6:10
*Mass is unscriptural because it sacrifices Jesus again and again all the time. He only died once for sin. He is not still dead hanging on the cross either. Jesus is alive and cannot be killed nor sacrificed again.“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13
You may know you have eternal life (grace) by what Jesus did on the cross. If you are in doubt of this, you are doubting what Jesus did on the cross. If your Jesus didn’t do it all on the cross, you are believing in the wrong Jesus.
Jesus did not “found” the Catholic church. The true Church is the body of Christ.
The lifeline to heaven is Jesus, and Jesus only. No rituals, rosaries, penance, works etc will get a person into heaven.
If this is you, and you have been led to read this, I pray that you will truly seek Jesus while you still have time. He is waiting for you to come to him in godly sorrow and repentance.