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Can A Church Minister Forgive Sin

Is a church minister allowed to forgive sins? Please provide verses.

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Check out Matthew 18 starting in verse 15. Martin Luther claims that Christ himself has placed absolution in the mouths of Christian community and commanded us to absolve one another from sins. So, the answer to your question, is yes.
---Dave on 10/1/07


leslie-(ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN FORGIVE SINS.) Yes, but he gave apostles the authorithy to continue " as the Father (send) me, I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit, Whose sins you forgive are forgiven and whose sins you retain are retain."
---Ruben on 1/1/07


ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN FORGIVE SINS.
---Leslie on 12/31/06


.ruben, The passage has much to do with healing. Jesus did not say "men" are given the power to forgive people of their sins against others, instead he said "The Son of man", namely: "I JESUS CHRIST" have the power to forgive these sins, and to prove this, watch: Get up, get your bed, and go home. And the disabled Got up, picked up his bed, and went home. Then the people marvelled, they did not marvel when Jesus said your sins are forgiven, but because the man was healed.
---Eloy on 11/18/06


Ruben, That Scripture you gave was about "discerning sin" not forgiving sin in God's place(which is impossible for man to do). I hope this helps. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/18/06




Eloy-( not "A" son of man or "sons" of men) In verse 5 they told Jesus that only God can forgive sins, so he answer them and said "Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? So it had nothing to do about Healing, it was easier for them to understand "get up and walk".
---Ruben on 11/17/06


Eloy-( And he did; when the people saw they glorified God which gave such power to men)Again What (men) are they talking about? Scriptures would had said "power to man", since it is Jesus saying it himself.. The men you find in John 20:21-23...Thanks
---Ruben on 11/17/06


Mrs Morgan- Scriptures does not agree with you. Matt 9: ' When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had GIVEN such authority to (men)." John 20;21" as the Father sent me, I(Jesus) send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retain."God gave the apostles the authority to forgive sins thru the Holy Spirit. I am Catholic.
---Ruben on 11/17/06


.ruben, Jesus said, "that you may know that THE SON OF MAN (namely, JESUS CHRIST himself) has power on earth to forgive sins, he says, Arise, take up your bed and go onto your house. And he did; when the people saw they glorified God which gave such power to men." That is, the power to heal the sick, not the power to forgive people of their sins against others. For Jesus already said, "that you may know that The Son of man forgives, not "A" son of man or "sons" of men.
---Eloy on 11/16/06


Emcee:"Christina:Confession is vocal, its not a thought transferring system.Jesus's words are clear on this matter.You may continue to play, with your soul & barter but it is not with Jesus. The Redeemer HE does not barter, make concessions, & His word is final.You may skip around the issue Its Your soul given by God, for you to return,if you try to keep it, you know where you will land up.Right in the lap of the Father of deception the spin maste"

which words of Jesus do you mean?
---Christina on 11/16/06




Ruben, There seems to be a misunderstanding. I mean that man can't forgive another man FOR GOD, we don't have that authority. We can and must forgive our debtors, but we can't substitute God in regard to forgiving man. Ruben, are you Catholic, BTW? God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/15/06


Mrs Morgan-(No minister can forgive sin in God's place, that is not in harmony with the Scriptures) Passage Matthew 9:6-9:
But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home." And the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to (men.)
---Ruben on 11/15/06


i agree that only God can forgive sin, but confessing our sins to eachother and afirming that God's grace covers the sin is a healthy spiritual discipline. Us protestants should really strongly look at why WE stopped this practice. I think it would be good to reapply the tennant but using protestant theologies.
---Jared on 11/15/06


Correction: "God know the REINS(not reigns) of the heart..." Okebaram, I guess that another deduction for punctuzion(smile)God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/15/06


John 20:23.Everyone(not only a minister) is encouraged to forgive the sins of those who have wronged them. We have the choice to forgive or retain those.
Matt.6:15.If we don't forgive men their trespasses,neither will our father forgive us. We are not given the ability to forgive unless the sin is against us.
---john on 11/15/06


Christina&Helen::Confession is vocal, its not a thought transferring system.Jesus's words are clear on this matter.You may continue to play, with your soul & barter but it is not with Jesus. The Redeemer HE does not barter, make concessions, & His word is final.You may skip around the issue Its Your soul given by God, for you to return,if you try to keep it, you know where you will land up.Right in the lap of the Father of deception the spin master
---Emcee on 11/15/06


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Jack - The whole of the Bible is the story of Jesus Christ the Son of God who became a Man and died on the Cross for the sin of the world. Only Jesus forgives sin. Personal offences can be forgiven by us, but ultimately they have to be forgiven and washed away by the Blood of the Lamb. Jesus saves and Jesus forgives.
---Helen_5378 on 11/15/06


No minister can forgive sin in God's place, that is not in harmony with the Scriptures. We can forgive when someone does us wrong, but we can NEVER take God's place in regard to forgiving someone, God knows the reigns of the heart and makes perfect judgment(1 Samuel 16:7). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/15/06


All forgive sins done personally against themself (Matthew 18:21,22). But sins done against others, those offended others, they must be the ones to give the forgiveness (Matthew 5:23,24). And those that were sinned against and are now gone or are not possible to contact, God through Jesus is the one who can give forgiveness, and ministers or any Spirit filled person whom has the discernment can lead the sinner in prayer for either forgiveness or direction for restitution (Matthew 18:18-20; John 20:22,23)
---Eloy on 11/15/06


Many false religions misapply John 20:22,23. If someone offends me I can forgive them or not; but if someone offends somebody else I cannot forgive them (nor can any other priest) because I was not the one personally offended, only the one offended can forgive their offender. Whosoever you offend, go to him or her and make amends (seek forgiveness of the person you sinned against) from them, then go to serve God. Please read Matthew 5:23,24.
---Eloy on 11/15/06


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Helen: **To confess sins to a so-called "priest" is not Biblical. Only Jesus Christ can forgive sin.**

How do you reconcile this stand with the words of Jesus Christ Himself who said, "Whosoever sins you forgive, they are forgiven; whosoever sins you retain, they are retained?"

Compare this also with James 5 where forgiveness of sins is connected with anointing of the sick and audible confession.
---Jack on 11/15/06


Jesus is my high priest, and I go to Him for forgiveness and cleansing from my sin. Emcee: "As a catholic I am obliged to go to Confession at least once a year" many christians need to confess daily or more in order to maintain right relationship with God. In my times with the Lord, as I confess directly to Him, I know His cleansing, the joy of His presence and that peace that passes understanding. He IS sufficient.
---Christina on 11/15/06


AlanUK_quent5969 - I did read what you said. My response stands. To confess sins to a so-called "priest" is not Biblical. Only Jesus Christ can forgive sin.
---Helen_5378 on 11/14/06


If I deliberately lie to someone or cause them harm and apologize and take back whatever I said or did; and, they forgive me that is one thing. That does not mean that God will forgive me. There is only one person that can truly forgive our sins and that is God. God or the Bible does not say anything about repeating prayers that have been taught to us by someone else. It has to come from our heart and how we feel.
---Norma7374 on 11/14/06


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Helen ... Please, Please, read what I said.
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/14/06


Alan - If you really truly knew just who Jesus Christ is, then how can you say that man can forgive sin? That is a lie from the pits of hell. Only Jesus can forgive sin through His sacrificial death of Himself on the Cross for sin.
---Helen_5378 on 11/13/06


Do you mean like a personal sin committed against him then yes. Mat.6:12 the Lords Prayer. It would be like if I sinned or hurt you then you have to forgive me or vs versa.Or do you mean like the Catholic Priests do? Good question though!
---Jeanne on 11/13/06


a minister along with all of us can forgive someone who has wronged us BUT that does not save the person only the shed blood of Jesus can do that only Godcan forgive the sins of anyone who repents and allow them access to heaven,but we are told to foregive those who sin against us read the gospels its there in so manyplaces
---doree4573 on 11/13/06


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Helen - "Passage Matthew 9:5-8:
Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home." And the man got up and went home. 8When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such AUTHORITY TO MEN.
---Ruben on 11/13/06


Helen::"Have I ever had my sins forgiven"
As a catholic I am obliged to go to Confession at least once a year,you remember that.So my answer is YES YES YES,You come out feeling like a new person provided you are sorry for having offended God going through the actions will not produce that feeling of rejunivation.If you committed the crime against God & your neighbour, you should not be ashamed to admit & feel repugnance& repentance .Because your Pride is being diminished.
---Emcee on 11/13/06


David:The question really was could a church Minister forgive sins? .The word of God says The successors of Christ & His appointed disciples Ordained have the power to absolve sins, this again is through the RCC.If others "men self appointed" do so, the answer is No. I dont think so Mat2817-20.It would IMHO be a mockery.Many christians do not believe in the Holy SEE & this is where it originates .
---Emcee on 11/13/06


Helen ... "If you really were a Christian, you would know that it is wrong to confess "sins" to a man in a box"
Have you forgotten that Jesus commanded His disciples to go out, and forgive people in His name?
There is reason to believe that priests or pastors are successors of those disciples, & so have authority to forgive in Jesus' name.
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/13/06


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*Augusta - If you really were a Christian, you would know that it is wrong to confess "sins" to a man in a box.*


Jesus said otherwise, Helen...

"Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
---augua9846 on 11/13/06


*Augusta - ...Religion does just that. It makes man feel good because he is doing something.*

Is that why men get baptized.. Because it 'feels good'? ;)

Jesus, being fully human Himself knows we desire tangible means to grow closer to God. The Sacraments He instituted are tangible signs of God's invisible grace. He gave the church the ministry of Reconciliation so we would have a tangible way to *know* we are clean. His way feels good because it IS good. :)
---augua9846 on 11/13/06


Paul wrote:

"Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God." (2 Co 18:20).
---augusta on 11/13/06


And Origen wrote in 244 AD..

"In addition to these there is also a seventh, albeit hard and laborious: the remission of sins through penance, when the sinner washes his pillow in tears, when his tears are day and night his nourishment, and when he does not shrink from declaring his sin to a priest of the Lord and from seeking medicine, after the manner of him who says, "I said, 'To the Lord I will accuse myself of my iniquity', and you forgave the disloyalty of my heart."
---augusta on 11/13/06


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Augusta - If you really were a Christian, you would know that it is wrong to confess "sins" to a man in a box. I used to do that a long time ago, and had no idea what sin was. Sin can only be forgiven and washed away by the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, not the man in the box. Unless you have asked Jesus to forgive you, then none of your sins have ever been forgiven.
---Helen_5378 on 11/13/06


Augusta - ("It feels so good it makes you want to stay clean too") -- Religion does just that. It makes man feel good because he is doing something. When faced with the decision for Jesus many turn away because conviction makes one feel very uncomfortable. But then that is the nature of forgiveness. "Godly sorrow produces repentance.." (2 Corinthians 7:10).
---Helen_5378 on 11/13/06


Emcee - Have you ever had any of your sins forgiven? I mean, truly forgiven?
---Helen_5378 on 11/13/06


The sacrament of Penance called Reconcillation must be used to be experienced. With its use & perfect contrition there is nothing better. I have used it for 72 years & this is what keeps me young & happy & care free& full of love For Him who is the master of love & the universe.
---Emcee on 11/12/06


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*I wondered about this too. I'm not Catholic but I like the idea of confession.*

Confession is my 2nd favorite sacrament. :) As an ex-Prot I've done it both ways, and the Cath may hurt for a bit but it is so cleansing & healing (it feels so good it makes you want to stay clean too ;). I don't think I've ever left the confessional w/o tears of joy streaming down my face.
---augusta on 11/12/06


I wondered about this too. I'm not Catholic but I like the idea of confession. You'd have to think about what you did wrong more often. In today's world talking about sin seems to be a NO NO. Like no big deal. Some churches have corporate prayer & forgiveness by the minister on Sundays. Only God knows a person's heart.
---Virginia on 11/11/06


I will never speak against the pope because he had a big responsibility while alive and he did go and ask for forgiveness for the church to the Jews. That is more then anyone had ever done. Maybe in the future more truths will come out.
---Lupe2618 on 6/10/05


There is four brothers that I know that are Catholic in Texas and they don't think or talk like you do. They know what born again is and they stay cause they love their church and they want to make a difference in it. They wait for changes to come and many have come but are not mentioned because if they do mention them, then it shows the others before were wrong. But they are infallible so that cannot be.
---Lupe2618 on 6/10/05


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Praise God that mom receive the Lord eight days before she died. She never knew before she had to be born again, she was like all the others that don't know and don't want to know. I can see how paganism has grown in latin america. Mary taken down the street with a skull next to her. Why? because they don't know the truth. Instead of preaching your church, Preach Christ, and many more can come forward.
---Lupe2618 on 6/10/05


Maybe you and sister Emcee know more about Scripture because you took the time to read it but your focus is totally wrong. It is not about your Church but about Christ. He is the pillar you talk about. I have read about every pope in the church. Of the awful things they did in power. The wife's some of them had and in the name of Christ. Sure they survive because people like my mom knew nothing about the history.
---Lupe2618 on 6/10/05


I didn't know any better. But I was sure to criticize holy rollers or others because of their faith. It was my pride the way yours is. Some of my friends now don't speak to me because they know I know Scripture now and I am not a part of their circle. They don't even know what born again is. They have never heard of it. If I mention Jesus to them they crawl and hide. They just don't want to hear it. They rather have a barbaque and drink all day and smoke a cigarrete then hear the word of God.
---Lupe2618 on 6/10/05


I grew up as a Catholic because my mom was one. my name is Guadalupe because of her faith. I went to church every sunday and learned nothing. Many at the church would go to the dances at night, drink, and play bingo. Life never changed. They still did what the world did. And the next sunday they went back to church. Maybe a certain few were devoted and had images of saints in their rooms and would kneel down and worshiped them. My mom had one. It was San Marcos. I didn't know the difference.
---Lupe2618 on 6/10/05


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Ruben, as I have read your answers to many other questions you yourself have opened the door to Criticism. What do you expect to hear? Of course now I see questions directed to Catholics and it will not stop. You and others have so much pride about your church that others respond in defense. You question their faith through your answers. We live now in a world with so much information that if we follow the wrong cause we are without excuse before God.
---Lupe2618 on 6/10/05


Jesus told the apostles to preach the Good news thru out the world. And in Gospels of John he said that Jesus said and did MANY things that a BOOK would not be able to contain. Are you saying that the apostles did not tell orally what Jesus said or did! I believe what Jesus said his CHURCH would the the PILLAR and FOUNDATION of truth! Jesus said I will send you a helper and he will lead to ALL TRUTH. I am going by his CHURCH to lead me to all truth, not what I think the verses are saying.
---ruben on 6/9/05


About the Church having a long history and not a very good one, I would have to disagree with you. Jesus never said his Church would be a PERFECT one, but said the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The early church put the BIBLE together not the BIBLE put the CHURCH together. But yet alot of folks put the BIBLE as the sole authority, which JESUS never in his words said the bible is all we need after he leaves.
---ruben on 6/9/05


Lupe- As you read others said about the Catholic church, I have been not even close to them in response.Yes we are all christians and the body of christ, one church. That was Jesus intentions, but we all of different believes, so we are not one church yet! If you read Early Church Fathers on what they wrote and taught, one Church has kept that teaching all of these years. They were taught by the apostles and they in turn taught others and so on.
---ruben on 6/9/05


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Brother Ruben, I have read the things others have said about the Catholic church and I sure don't like it. That is why I didn't want to touch the subject. We are all Christians and the body of Christ. One church. And when we knock each other it is so wrong. We should edify each other. Many brothers and sisters are not where someone else is and so the help questions help many. I try to answer what God has shown me. It is not for me to make them change, it is for help in their walk of faith.
---Lupe2618 on 6/9/05


Even your salvation comes through your church. So what can change? nothing. Speaking to you about it would serve no purpose. many feelings can get hurt. If you want to believe everything they teach you, then its your right to do what you want.
---Lupe2618 on 6/9/05


I have read your answers on Mary on other questions and your own interpretation of Mary in Rev. 12.1 I have read others that you believe to be true because of your interpretation to support your Church. You knock everyone else and don't see what is behind what you believe. You have to make up your mind. You are either for God or for your church. Its good to care about your dinomination but not to worship it.
---Lupe2618 on 6/8/05


Brother Ruben, I did not want to touch the subject of Catholics because I know many true Christian in that church. But I have studied about the church from the beginning. I just finished Vatican 11 and had read what Vatican 1 had put down for the church. I don't think you want to talk to much about the church because it does, as you say, have a history. And it is not very good one for all of us have been branded by others because of the mistakes the church has made through its history.
---Lupe2618 on 6/8/05


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If I come on to strong on some things, it is not because have hate or prideful. When someone do not tell the truth about the Catholic Church, you can bet I will jump all over that! You go by your own interpretation of scriptures and expect me to believe what you say, that is one of the MAIN reasons we have so many CHURCHES out there I have a CHURCH that goes by SCARED SCRIPTURES AND SCARED TRADITIONS. I have been kind to all and repects everyone answers, I just do not beleive it.
---ruben on 6/8/05


Lupe The church is about the TRUTH! Jesus said I will build my CHURCH and in 1Tim 3:16 said "Pillar and Foundation of TRUTH", so it is about the CHURCH. You claim that finding interpretation of a verse means nothing to me., it means everything to me! I have a CHURCH who has been teaching 2000 years and that is who I believe, jesus said whoevers listens to you listens to me and whoever rejects you rejects me, that is his CHURCH.
---ruben on 6/8/05


Brother Lupe- I believe it was you who said that you would not response back with questions or answers. I will answers your last response to OSAS, sorry I took so long. I wrote your name only because you said it is a touchy subject but did not say to whom, I said it is not for CATHOLICS because it is not!!!As far as prideful or hate, have you not read what has been writing about the Catholic Church and in some cases about me at times, what I had wrote is nothing to what I have read.
---ruben on 6/8/05


Hallo friends in Jesus name!
After reading and replying to this blog I've decided I am truly waisting my time...
By the way even us Catholics do read and know our bible quite well. I have been teach-ing scripture for nearly 25yrs, and have had orthodox, protestant and buddhist children in my 6th grade. (Mainly because the parents wanted a more disciplined catholic secondary Ed for them)Thank GOD I've never taught nor practised such bias shown by many non-catholic christians here...Anne
---anne6984 on 6/3/05


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Finding the correct interpretation of a verse means nothing to you. You were never serious in finding the truth because you already believe that you have all the answers because, how could you be wrong. If you are wrong then your whole believe is wrong. That is what Peter was fighting with the false teachers coming into the church. Put your pride aside and do what is right for the right reason, for God.
---Lupe2618 on 6/2/05


I have many brothers in Christ that live in Texas that are truely born again and they love the Catholic chuch and want to change many things that are wrong. They stay becuase they were born Catholic as I was. They want to make a difference. But you aproach the answer with a prideful heart and ready to fight. That is not what we should do as believers. One church we all are and that is the body of Christ.
---Lupe2618 on 6/2/05


Brother Ruben, I waited for your answer on the the other question you were discussing on once saved always saved but I come to see you on this one and you now put down my name. I believe your pride and hate is showing and it would do no good to even bring anything before you that would be of any use to you. To answer anything about the Catholic church would be wrong of me. It is not about your church it is about the truth.
---Lupe2618 on 6/2/05


Lupe-It is not a touchy subject for CATHOLICS, it is not about religion, it is about a CHURCH who has follow Jesus instructions and commands for 1700 years.We can not forgive someone's sins, but we can forgive their actions. Touchy subjects for some because they can not really answer scriptures that say Jesus left authority to MEN to forgive sins. In Matt Chapter 9:8, John 20;21-23 and James 5:14, about the blood of Jesus cleans us from sins, we still have to confess our sins don't we!
---ruben on 5/27/05


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Anne- Yes in Matthew Chapter 3:6, John the Baptist was forgiving their sins, amazing how God's grace works thru humans.
---ruben on 5/26/05


I just happen to come across all the argu- ments in ref to: 'Can a minister forgive sins? Some replies are real fuel for the atheists. A priest/clergymen forgives in Jesus' name.
---anne6984 on 5/24/05


This is a touchy subject and not about the question. its more about religion. I think anyone can forgive someone's sin, but whether God forgives it, is another matter. Only God's forgiveness counts. I forgave my wife's sin against me. We can confess to anyone. it doesn't make a difference to God. But to clean us from those sins only the blood of Jesus can do that. no mystery to that question.
---Lupe2618 on 5/23/05


Can a church minister save your soul?
Can a church minister die on a cross for yours sins?
Can a church minister himself be without sin?
Is a church minister a fellow human being?
Are all human beings in the same boat?
---lisa on 5/22/05


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Peter-(it's the religion that is not completely in line with the bible)How do you know that it is not in line with the bible?
---RUBEN on 5/18/05


I don't think that Doug is anti- catholic, but I think he is right. I believe that he is sincere and just acknowledging God's Word in this situation. The catholic people are ok with me, it's the religion that is not completely in line with the bible. We live and learn, if we seek God in Spirit and in truth.
---Peter on 5/14/05


Why do other Christian denominations still need to be so anti-catholic. If we can't accept our differences-then we're no better then atheists! I feel sad evertime a lay person knocks us. No wonder, non religious point the finger at all Christians, leave it in the Lords hands, Anne
---Anne on 5/14/05


Are you telling us that a catholic priest can forgive the sins of someone that he has never met before? If you are, then you are way off, and you are taking God's Word out of context.
---Doug on 5/6/05


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Bruce- John Chapter 20 verse" Whose sins you (APOSTLES) forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you(APOSTLES) retain are RETAINED>. And finally James chapter 5 verse 14He should summon the PRESBYTERS of the CHURCH, and THEY should pray over him and anoint him with oil IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, and the prayer of the faith will save the sick person, and the LORD WILL RAISE him up. IF he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. by whom (PRESBYTERS). All of these scriptures shows that by JESUS your sins are forgiven, he gave AUTHORITY to MEN by the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
---ruben on 5/5/05


Bruce-Matthew chapter 9 verse 8 When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and gloried GOD who had given such authority to HUMAN BEINGS(WHO).John chapter 20 verse 21 As the FATHER has sent me, so I sent you(APOSTLES). What did the FATHER sent his SON to do! Raise the dead,Cure the sick,Get rid of evils spirit which by the way the APOSTLES were given power by JESUS to do, But JESUS also forgive SINS and the APOSTLES did not do that until Gospel of John tells us Jesus breathed on them and said to them, Receive the HOLY SPIRIT(GOD) Part 1 cont-
---ruben on 5/5/05


The truth is: If someone sins against us, we can forgive that person, but no man can forgive the sins of the world. God does that through Jesus.
---John on 5/1/05


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