Saturday, November 11, 2006

Evangelicals Rediscover Reconciliation

Only, they won't admit that that's what it is, for fear of appearing to be Catholic, and they won't declare it's sacramental nature. Ted Haggard's fall from grace has suddenly focused attention to sin, and how the Evangelical churches handle sin. Here's the four-step plan for rehabilitating Mr. Haggard, as presented in CNN's 'What is Spiritual Restoration?':

1. Submit to the authority of his couselors
2. Admit his sins
3. Make restitution
4. Be humbled

Wow, sounds like that Papist ritual, popularly known as 'Confession'! Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that since the Protestant Reformation, sinners only had to ask Jesus for forgiveness, and voila, sins are forgiven. This 'Spiritual Restoration' plan sounds like a tacit endorsement of Catholic sacramentality. I wonder if the megachurches are going to start installing confessionals in their facilities.


Tiber Jumper said...

St Jimbob:
I had the same thoughts as well. That sacramental confession could really be helpful in this situation. I found a blog by a protestant theologian and author Dr. Scott McKnight (who is not anti-catholic) who sounded like he was advocating such. However, when I posted the concept of confession as Catholics do, the comments quickly made it clear that there was no consideration of that.
The argument of course is "pedophile priests" and confession didn't help them any. I suspect that very few of the priests in the scandal were going to confession anymore.

Carolina Cannonball said...

Oh what a world, what a world...

Catholics wanna prots
and prots wanna be Catholics.

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

Maybe we can introduce the concept of a "Penance Driven Life"?

Dad29 said...

When you get around to reading Wolfe's My Name is Charlotte... (don't do it before your daughter goes to college), you'll discover that 2/3rds of the book is a cri de coeure for Confession.