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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

86- The power of absolution and forgiveness

 

St-Takla.org Image: Arabic Holy Bible, with golden paper edges - click for the Arabic Bible Search صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكتاب المقدس باللغة العربية، مع حواف ورق ذهبية- اضغط للدخول لصفحة البحث في الإنجيل

St-Takla.org Image: Arabic Holy Bible, with golden paper edges - click for the Arabic Bible Search

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكتاب المقدس باللغة العربية، مع حواف ورق ذهبية- اضغط للدخول لصفحة البحث في الإنجيل

A Pertinent Question

Following on from the above biblically proven discussion about the power of absolution and forgiveness by using the examples and practices of the apostles, we would like to ask an important and a pertinent question.

What is the misdeed of the clergy, who have never sought after such honour, but it was granted to them as a free gift and as an obligation from the Lord?

(Mat 18:18) "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

(John 20:23) "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

What is their sin if they shoulder this eminent power and awesome responsibility?

Here we see a man being given the responsibility to forgive or punish, through his knowledge of God’s commandments, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. What then is his sin or fault if he exercises his right and fulfilled his obligation?

Was it, or is it, practical or proper for these people after being told by Christ to loose or bind; To object and say: “ Lord, please change your command, as it is shameful for us to exercise this authority?

Any way our next chapter will deal with the question “Is God Jealous of His Children”?


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