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FRONT PAGE  |  4/6/2020
SATURDAY, MAR 21, 2020  |  13 comments
Vatican forgives sins of those stricken by virus
The Catholic Church on Friday granted forgiveness -- under certain conditions -- for the sins of the faithful struck by the novel coronavirus.

A decree published by the Vatican also covers healthcare workers and those who pray for their wellbeing. Relatives who care for their sick family members may also be forgiven.

The conditions include the sick saying a certain number of prayers or following important celebrations from a distance.


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News Item3/22/2020 8:28 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
It reminds me of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses that sparked off the Protestant Reformation, one of which was saying sarcastically (in my poor paraphrase, it sounds better in Luther’s original), “Why does not the Pope forgive everyone’s sins, instead of charging to do so?” referring to the Papal indulgences that were being sold by Johann Tetzel and others, supposedly for the forgiveness, of sins. The unspoken answer to that question was that, of course, he had no power to do any such thing, whether it be Leo X or the current Francis I.

The Bible of course tells us in John’s first epistle that we cone to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sins, and that He is our Advocate, while Paul tells us that we have one Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ, and only one.

On an interesting note, my own Reformed Baptist church was not open today due to the Coronavirus, and sadly does not livestream, so I watched a livestream from a famous large Reformed Baptist, that basically was carried out live by the pastor on his own, in an empty church, but with recorded congregational hymns with congregation and organ, from past services! It was certainly very comforting to hear what sounded like a real service!!

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News Item3/21/2020 9:43 PM
JD Saved by Grace | Florida  Find all comments by JD Saved by Grace
WOW!!! I can't even begin to believe that this man truly believes that he has the authority or the power or the ability to forgive or deny forgiveness to anybody for their sins. Regarding the pope & the RCC, I think that I now may have heard it ALL!
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News Item3/21/2020 3:50 PM
Carl in Asheville | North Carolina  Find all comments by Carl in Asheville
How magnanimous of the Vatican! ...And who will forgive the sins of the Vatican?
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News Item3/21/2020 3:23 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
""The Catholic Church on Friday granted forgiveness -- under certain conditions -- for the sins of the faithful struck by the novel coronavirus.""

Wow! "GRANTED" forgiveness - such power in a mere mortal? To 'grant' forgiveness is a divine prerogative - But the Vatican usurps this authority by popish presumption.
Will God grant the Vatican forgiveness for this sin. NO!

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"First notice, that he has done this certainly. The apostle does not say he hopes so, but he says, "God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph 4:32. Are you in the number of the forgiven, my dear hearer? Hast thou believed in the Lord Jesus Christ? Then, as sure as you have believed, God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Have you put your trust in the atoning sacrifice? Then God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. You have not begun to be a Christian, I hope, with the idea that one day, at some future period, you may obtain forgiveness. No. "God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Pardon is not a prize to be run for, but a blessing received at the first step of the race." (C H Spurgeon).

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News Item3/21/2020 3:07 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
True, Frank❗👍
AFP wrote:
The United States has long loved its drive-ins and drive-throughs: for movies, fast food, pharmacies and banking. Now the coronavirus pandemic has added a new one: Catholic confessions....
excerpt from,"With churches closing, US priest offers drive-thru confessions"

https://tinyurl.com/ucasypk

Sacerdotalism, may give comfort, but not of the right sort

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News Item3/21/2020 3:01 PM
Lady_Virtue | OKC  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lady_Virtue
Mark 2:7 was the very Scripture the Holy Spirit brought to mind when I saw this headline. God manifest in the flesh--Jesus Christ--has the authority to forgive sin. The pope does not, as he isn't, never was, and never will be God.
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News Item3/21/2020 1:14 PM
Susan Abel | Southeast Alaska  Contact via emailFind all comments by Susan Abel
Yes, Dr. Tim, and if any of those Pharisees did realize that God was right in front of them, working miracles before their very eyes, yet they hated him and killed him for envy.
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News Item3/21/2020 1:11 PM
Dr. Tim | Way Down Yonder  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Exactly right, Susan. The enemies of Christ were right on target when they said that no one but God can forgive sins. What they didn’t realize was that God was in their very midst when they said it!
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News Item3/21/2020 12:37 PM
Susan Abel | Southeast Alaska  Contact via emailFind all comments by Susan Abel
How can the pope forgive anyone for getting sick? He is actually saying that he is God in this. Even the Pharisees and scribes knew better.

Mark 2: 7: Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Blasphemous and ugly and God dishonoring Antichrist!

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News Item3/21/2020 12:19 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Yes Jim, but let’s not forget the below cannot be separated from the doctrine of salvation; born again, from above.

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

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News Item3/21/2020 11:35 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Acts 13:37-43

37. but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. 38. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything 39. from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40. Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about: 41. Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you. 42. As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43. And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

Remember there is no vicar for Christ. The Scriptures explains where the grace of God comes from, and it is Christ alone that forgiveness comes from

https://tinyurl.com/ycxxp9uj (The Pope and the Papacy)

http://tinysa.com/234697 (The Pope and the Papacy)

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News Item3/21/2020 11:24 AM
Nick | Midwest  Find all comments by Nick
Very sad. It's the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from sin. Not the decree of the pope.
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News Item3/21/2020 11:13 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
What a diabolical thought that a church or someone in a church can forgive sins. I didn’t read the article, but my goodness. Can anything be further from the truth.
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