Recently, there was an app added to the iPhone world that allowed people to confess their sins on their mobile device (actually, there are several, but I’m specifically referring to the one developed by the Catholic Church). While the Bible does tell us to “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other that you may be healed” (James 5:16), the Bible also tells us that we can approach the very throne of the Creator of the Universe with confidence because of Christ’s work on the cross.
While the iPhone app might be en vogue, or simply harmless fun (as in the case of other apps out there), this one also promotes a false idea that there is a way to receive the forgivness of sin other than through Jesus Christ. Or that we need another formal way to God other than our relationship with Christ.
Here’s a quote from the iConfess app ad: ” IMPORTANT: This is not meant to replace the Sacramentof Penance or Confession. Nothing can.”
Nothing? Really? Sorry, I will have to disagree on that one. It’s hard to sum up all of the reasons that I cannot agree with that statement. For a full understanding, you would need to study Hebrews (which I highly recommend); however, here are a few Scriptures that hopefully will intrigue you enough to do some more study on your own.
Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 7:11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.
I believe in confession. However, we are able to confess our sins to Christ and each other without the need for a go-between. We can approach God’s throne boldly through Christ. We don’t need anyone to represent us before God because Jesus already did that for us by His death, resurrection, and ascension.
I believe in repentance. Christ calls us to penance – to turn our lives around and follow Him daily. But I don’t believe in condemnation. (See Romans 8:1-4 which is a powerful passage that sums up Christ’s comlete work on the cross.)
Lastly, and most importantly, I believe in Christ and His fulfillment of the old covenant (which required priests and sacrifices to keep in the good graces of God). With those requirements now fulfilled, all we need to do is to confess, repent, believe, and follow Christ as we seek to obey Him daily in our lives.
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