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As a Protestant who wishes to stay focused on the Lord, may I confess my sins to a priest in order to do so?

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I am a Protestant overwhelmed by the guilt of sin. Is it permissible for me to confess my sins to a priest? I think that I would stay more focused on staying closer to the Lord if I were accountable to a mature Christian.


Catholics do not primarily go to confession to stay focused, though the sacrament can help in this way. We go to confession because we believe that our sins are absolutely forgiven by Christ’s absolution given through the ministry of the priest. When Jesus breathed on his apostles and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-24), we believe that he literally meant that. If you believe this also, then perhaps you need to be a Catholic. To believe that a Catholic priest has the power to forgive sin when one’s own minister does not suggests that one is acknowledging some faith in the Catholic Church. Maybe you are closer to becoming one than you think. As it stands, one must hold the teachings of the Catholic Church to partake of its sacraments.



  1. adecentguy Reply

    Hey! – You can if you wish, though it’s not necessary. Many people in the Bible routinely advocate confessing to each other. BUT – Jesus is the only one who can wipe your sin away – He died on that cross, not the priest you confess to. It’s fine! Really is. Just make sure you also live in the freedom that Jesus provides through His sacrifice 🙂
    Galatians 6:1-5 – Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
    Source(s): Life

  2. Luke Reply

    Yes, and it’s through the power of Christ (which compels you!) that the priest is able to perform his office, and absolve you in the name of the Trinity.

    1. Robert Umera Reply

      I don’t know about separated brethren, but as far as a catholic is concern, the only way your sins can be forgiven is through the sacrament of confession. There is no other way here. The best thing anyone can do for him/herself is to embrace the Catholic Faith, because there that survive it to the end shall be called “Faithful and True” and shall below the Biatic vision of eternal Father

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