“Comfort Ye My People”: A Reformation Perspective on Absolution: The Reformed View

Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017

Growing up in evangelicalism, I have found that there is a healthy suspicion of unbiblical ceremonies. At least in theory. In practice, we often substituted our own “sacraments.” Where Rome offered forgiveness if the penitent met the conditions and claimed the inherent powers of the priesthood, we evangelicals were nevertheless often led to ourselves, to wander in the caverns of our own subjectivity. As I began to read the Reformers and their criticism of a church that led people into terrible insecurities—wondering if they had been sufficiently sorry for their sins, if they had confessed every one—I ...

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