To my Protestant Brothers and Sisters,
How are you certain that your sins are forgiven or loose? This question applies to Protestant Churches that have no Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.
I know Catholics and Orthodox Christians are assured forgiveness when the priest act in the Persona Christi “Person of Christ” absolves and remove all your sins.
If a Protestant pray to God, how do they know their sins are loose?
I don’t see how this would fullfil Jesus Christ commandment.
In John 20:21–23, Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” Then he breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Yes I am aware of the universal priesthood but in John 20:21-23, Jesus addressed his 11 Apostles only, in later granted this gift to forgive sins to the Apostle of the Gentile, Paul, former Pharisee, and enemy of Christ’s Church.
I want to try to understand this from a Protestant. Is their sin covered or remove? If it is covered, then their sins are not really gone.
So then I ask, how are you certain that your sins are forgiven, if you fall into sin?