Catholic Church approves iPhone confession app

Need to confess your sins? There’s an app for that.

You can go to the iTunes App Store and, for $1.99, purchase the “Confession” program, designed to assist Catholics with the sacrament of reconciliation.

Pope Benedict XVI has told Catholics to embrace the digital world and make their presence felt, and now he has given his stamp of approval to an application for the iPhone that allows people to keep track of the sins they’ve committed. While not designed for the purpose of replacing a visit to the priest, the app is is supposed to help Catholics have a better grasp on what they do so they can take action.

When I read about this I thought about the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned they realized they were naked and they were ashamed, so they sowed fig leaves together, made loin coverings for themselves, and they hid from God (Gen 3:7-8). But their attempt to cover their own shame was not sufficient. After the curses were announced by God, He had mercy on Adam and Eve by slaying an animal and making clothing for them out of the skins (Gen 3:21). Only the covering provided by God is sufficient to appease His wrath.

The Roman Catholic Church’s version of salvation is that men are justified by faith and works, but the reality is once you add human effort into the equation it nullifies the grace of God (Rom 4:2-5). We cannot cover our own sin. It was the Lord who provided the offering for the sacrifice when Abraham took Isaac to Mount Moriah (Gen 22). And, of course, it was God sent His own Son into the world to be the propitiation for our sins. In this is love (1 John 4:10).

Jesus is the once for all sacrifice for sins. On the cross He bore the full fury of the Father’s wrath for all sin, for all time, for all who will ever believe. We don’t confess our sins to get right with God. We confess our sins because we’ve been made right with God. That’s a huge difference. Someone who has been born from above with new life in Christ shouldn’t need an app to keep track of his sins. The convicting power of the Holy Spirit, who also works through illuminating to us the word of God, and through the gifts He gives to the church (those whom God has saved) are sufficient for us.

What Christ has given is sufficient. What Christ has done is sufficient. And this app is yet another sad reminder at the futility of the Roman Catholic religion, which in practice screams in rebellion at Jesus Christ, “No! It is not finished!”

RELATED LINK: Catholic church gives blessing to iPhone app (BBC)

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