Please explain John 20: 23, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Has this verse been changed through translation?
Jesus gave only the Apostles the authorization to “forgive or retain sins” (John 20:23) and to bind or loose things in heaven and on earth (Matthew 18:18). But what do these words mean? Many misunderstand the nature of these commissions, forgetting that God alone can forgive sins (Isaiah 43:25). Some believe these scriptures apply to [...]