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Year of Mercy

posted Sep 8, 2015, 8:34 AM by First Baptist


Hopefully, you & I think biblically about news items and current events.


For example, last week (with much fanfare), the Vatican declared a so-called Year of Mercy for women who have had abortions.


During the Year of Mercy, priests have the authority to extend pardon, and the assurance of that pardon, to women who’ve had an abortion – those who come seeking that pardon.


This immediately raises the question: Prior to the Vatican’s declaration, were women being DENIED pardon for having had an abortion?


While we love and respect our Catholic brothers & sisters, this highlights a critical difference between Roman Catholicism & Evangelical Protestantism. As Protestants, we do not recognize the power & authority of the pope (or any person for that matter) to pronounce or declare things that conflict with Scripture.


God alone can pardon sin and He does so, not through a human priesthood, but through the accomplished work of His Son, whose death on the cross provided atonement for our sins. Those who repent of their sins and come to the Son by faith are forgiven.


One of the most familiar verses in the Bible says:


“If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)


The good news of the Bible is that God’s forgiveness & mercy is not limited to a particular year, or for particular sins.


EVERY year is a year of mercy – for every sin!


Pastor Dan