In another post of mine entitled confession. I had a reply that raised an interesting question. Here is the quote:
Proletarian says: "*There may be instances in which a priest is not available to hear confession every week. For example, in my hometown (in rural Australia) one priest services a dozen or so communities; therefore reconciliation is only available every month or so. This does not mean that one can obtain forgiveness by subverting the Church and merely confessing “privately”. However if one was to die in a state of mortal sin but had steadfastly resolved to make a sincere confession as soon as possible, the Church believes that God will have pity on them, and they may indeed obtain salvation.
One cannot overestimate the abundance of Gods mercy.*"
Ok, so after reading about the The Sacrament of Penance from the Catholic Encyclopedia, I’m lead to believe that without one’s confessing their sins to a Priest, their salvation is in question.
So this is obviously pretty bad for all Protestants who don’t have the ability to confess their sins to an Ordained Priest.
So, because I’ve never confessed my sins outwardly and I’ve never been Baptized and am not taking communion in the Catholic Church, does this mean that I’m pretty much damned? :eek:
I was lead to believe that Jesus is our high priest now and that I can come to the throne of grace “privately” any time I want, that I don’t need anyone “interceding” for me anymore because His death ripped the vale between God and us. Heb 6:20 all of chapter 7 10:16-23 and 4:12-16
In His loving grace,