There are many Protestant churches where the formal ritual of confession has been entirely eliminated, and it has been replaced with personal confessions to God alone. No church officials need to be present, and the person can confess wherever they happen to be at the time. These churches claim every...

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The Roman Catholic Church has a long history, and its rites and rituals are an important part of their worship. Forgiveness of sins has been ritualized into the Rite of Confession, and this is taught to children and newcomers before they are allowed to fully celebrate Mass. Unlike many other...

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Martin Luther had many grievances with the Catholic Church, and one of the most important was about the way confession and absolution for sins was performed. At the time, a person who committed a venial sin could often pay their local priest for a dispensation that would allow them to...

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Churches across the globe offer people a moral code to live by, and breaking that code is considered a sin by most of them. Human beings have proven they are far from perfect, and the imposition of any such code provides them with an opportunity to step outside of it. If churches were to kick out members who broke any of these codes, they would soon have no followers. There is little wonder that every church offers their members a way to be forgiven for their sins, and it is called redemption.

Forgiveness of sins takes many different forms, but confession and atonement are generally how they are handled. Occasionally, a person will commit a sin so bad they may be thrown out of a congregation and banned for life. There are times when people refuse to atone for what they have done, and this can also lead to their banishment. Most of the time, congregants manage to remain within their church and have sins forgiven.