Technology and the Sin Problem

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Roman Catholic Archbishop Leo Cushley stood on the steps of the Vatican and announced “a new application for smartphones and tablets allowing the faithful to find the nearest Mass times or active confessional for the absolution of their sins” (www.breitbart.com, "Catholics Launch 'Sindr' App to Find Nearest Confessional," 11-22-16). “The new app—dubbed 'Sindr' after the popular Tinder dating app—lets users quickly scroll through parishes in the area to find a Mass or schedules for the sacrament of penance or even Eucharistic adoration.” This is simply one of many examples in recent years by which the Roman Catholic Church continues to demonstrate its own theological ignorance and spiritual corruption. While it is clear that the Catholic Church is attempting to use technology to appeal to a younger generation, the real problem here continues to be the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. To assert that any mortal man can hear confessions from others and then possess the authority and ability to truly forgive sin is deceit of the highest order, and actually trivializes the horrific nature of sin against an eternally holy God (Isa. 6:3). The Bible, especially the New Testament,  never describes or prescribes such devices as “confessionals,” “sacraments for the sacrament of penance,” or “Eucharistic adoration.” God alone can forgive sin (Mk. 2:7; Lk. 5:21). No one else has the authority to extend such to sinners. Forgiveness of sins is found exclusively and totally in Jesus Christ alone. By believing in who He is, and what He has done, individuals may be forgiven of sins. All who come to Him by faith in His person and finished work have forgiveness, forever! The debt of sin has been paid in full and no amount of penance will ever add anything to it.  — Gary Freel