Comfort Ye My People: A Reformation Perspective on Absolution (Lutheran)

Friday, 03 Aug 2007

Private confession does not make it harder to be forgiven, since the practice is not mandatory. Rightly understood, it can only make it easier.
Some years back, when the movie was fairly new to video, I viewed Amadeus in the student lounge of the Assemblies of God college my friend was attending. A Roman Catholic priest visits a lunatic asylum where Salieri, a court musician of mediocre talent is pining away his last days. The priest seems sincere, and has a good pastoral manner. Nobody reacted negatively to this character until he announced the purpose of his visit. He spoke the words "I come to offer you the forgiveness of God," and the room exploded in mockery. Several students ...

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