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When did the Church appear?
19-02-2012, 10:20 PM
Post: #9
RE: When did the Church appear?
Well, it was certainly practiced to a preach in the mi 4th Century.
Athanasius of Alexandria said that "Just as a man is enlightened by the Holy Spirit when he is baptized by a priest, so he who confesses his sins with a repentant heart obtains their remission from the priest."

Also John Chrysostom knew of Confession to the Priest alone, acting as a representative of God when he wrote:
"Great is the dignity of priests. 'Whose sins you forgive,' He says, 'they are forgiven them' [John 20:23] The things that are placed in the hands of the priest, it belongs to God alone to give" (Homilies on John 86:4)

He mentions the Priest being there but the confession going to God alone, so it is safe to presume that this is a private form of confession in the mid 4th century also.

"The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland." - St Herman of Alaska.
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Messages In This Thread
When did the Church appear? - DanielM - 13-11-2011, 11:40 PM
RE: When did the Church appear? - DanielM - 18-02-2012, 12:16 PM
RE: When did the Church appear? - DanielM - 19-02-2012 10:20 PM
RE: When did the Church appear? - DanielM - 20-02-2012, 10:32 AM
RE: When did the Church appear? - honey - 15-08-2013, 06:39 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 14-11-2011, 10:49 AM
[] - DanielM - 14-11-2011, 08:07 PM
Re: When did the Church appear? - Ferdia - 15-11-2011, 09:22 PM
[] - Antony-Paul - 17-11-2011, 05:03 PM
[] - vrc - 28-11-2011, 10:08 PM



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