[quote:4zxskmod]Ron, nothing of substance was said in your post. The ONLY thing you ever said was “no you are interpreting it wrong”.
Now beyond the fact that it is very obvious and only someone wiht an extremely closed mind could look at it and NOT see Jesus giving the Apostles the power to forgive sins, is the fact that even if it wasn’t so obvious–which it is–you have no authority for such an interpretation. You are privately interpreting the Bible–which is condemned in the Bible–while we are relying upon the Church, the pillar and foundation of truth.
Oh you must be referring to John 20:23? I will admit that Satan doesn’t miss anything when it comes to his deceptions, including how they “twist” that verse. Even the Pharisees knew that only God can forgive sins (see Luke 5:21) Here Jesu tells his followers that when they meet someone, they (God’s people who know and believe) they can share with that individual whether they’re saved or not based upon what that person’s beliefs are … do they match the Biblical (and only one way) to have their sins washed away or are they believing in something else…. sort of what I am trying to point out to you. God told His followers to go and preach the Gospel, making disciples around the world – [b:4zxskmod]THAT[/b:4zxskmod] is my authority and elsewhere we are told to test everything warning us of deceptions – which is better then being brain dead, believing everything that your Church not THE Church, tells you. Btw – I have a two part article on that “pillar of truth” idea on my website that I cannot give to you here because Jon won’t allow it anymore… check these other discussions – its out there if you want it.