[quote="Luvtosew, post:11, topic:269446"]
but that BOTH must do so.
repectfully = No man has the right to justify what sins are forgiven,
Christ says "whose sins you forgive will be forgiven in heaven
That is true, how we forgive is how Jesus will forgive us, how we judge is how we will be judged.
1 John 1 8-10 says he who is just will forgive sins,
No man is just, not even a Priest who himself has sin, only Jesus is just.
James 5:15 says to confess your sins to one another, that doesn't mean it needs to be a Priest.
Now I am not saying confession to a Priest is not a good thing, but it is not the Priest who forgives one, he is just someone to confess your sins to.:)
Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong... and I might point out that pretending to be catholic in order to lead people away from the church by falsifying her teachings and misrepresenting the church is NOT allowed in forum rules either.
As John 20:21-23 makes clear, Jesus is giving them the authority to forgive sins as an act of ordination (the breathing on portion here is important in that regard), just as he says Whosoever hears you hears me, so he gives them authority to forgive sins. Not everyone, just the apostles.
Furthermore, John 20:21-23 has nothing to do with "judge not lest ye be judged" but rather with a granting of authority to release people from the bonds of their sin. There is no context in which one could construe this as "forgive so that you can be forgiven".
finally, Christ was a man... ergo if no man "has the right to justify what sins are forgiven" (as you say), then no sin is forgiven and we can all kiss our chances of heaven goodbye.