Why is it that every other thread throughout the Catholic forums is titled something like,
“Is XYZ a sin?” or “Is ABC a mortal or venial sin?” or “Would it be sinful if I XYZ?”
The responses then attempt to parse out what various church fathers think about it, what different councils think, what Scripture teaches, etc, to determine the extent of an action’s sinfulness and the eternal implications thereof.
But I ask: Where is the Gospel? Where is the forgiveness of sins? Where is the comfort that our Lord Jesus provides to the conscience of the repentant sinner who believes in Him?
Please, when responding to these threads, remember that WHATEVER sin the poster is discussing, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, died for it. And please remind the poster of that. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be terrified on account of our sins, but as we learn in Homiletics class, the Gospel MUST predominate. Chances are, if a sinner is asking about their sin at all, they’re probably penitent. If they weren’t, and they didn’t care, they wouldn’t bother asking. Such threads can provide an excellent opportunity to remind (or inform) the poster of the forgiveness of sins granted to us by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
As Martin Luther (I know how much Catholics love him! :rolleyes: ) said:
“This one and firm rock, which we call the doctrine of justification…is the chief article of the whole Christian doctrine, which comprehends the understanding of all godliness…this doctrine is the articulus stantis et cadentis ecclesiae …if this article stands, the Church stands; if it falls, the Church falls.”