The Small Catechism - Confession

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  • 1. 

    How many parts are there in confession?

    • A.

      One - Confession

    • B.

      Two - Confession, Absolution

    • C.

      Three - Confession, Absolution, Penance

    • D.

      Four - Confession, Absolution, Penance, Forgiveness

    • E.

      Five - Confession, Absolution, Penance, Forgiveness, Faith

    Correct Answer
    B. Two - Confession, Absolution
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Two - Confession, Absolution. In the context of confession in a religious context, there are typically two parts involved. The first part is the act of confession, where an individual admits their sins or wrongdoings. The second part is absolution, where a priest or religious figure grants forgiveness or absolves the person of their sins. This two-step process is commonly practiced in various religious traditions that involve confession as a means of seeking forgiveness and spiritual cleansing.

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  • 2. 

    What is the first part of Confession?

    • A.

      A person tells the priest/pastor they wish to confess

    • B.

      A person is told that they have sinned

    • C.

      A person admits their sin

    • D.

      A person asks for forgiveness

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. A person admits their sin
    Explanation
    The first part of Confession is when a person admits their sin. This is the initial step where the individual acknowledges and takes responsibility for the wrongdoing they have committed. It is an essential part of the confession process as it allows the person to reflect on their actions and begin the process of seeking forgiveness and reconciliation.

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  • 3. 

    What is the second part of Confession?

    • A.

      A person asks for forgivness

    • B.

      A person confesses their sin

    • C.

      A person is forgiven

    • D.

      A person does penance

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. A person is forgiven
    Explanation
    The second part of Confession is when a person is forgiven. After confessing their sin, the person seeks forgiveness from a higher power or from the person they have wronged. This forgiveness is an essential part of the process of Confession, as it allows the person to move forward and seek redemption for their actions.

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  • 4. 

    Who forgives the person who has confessed?

    • A.

      A pastor as he speaks for himself

    • B.

      A pastor as he speaks for the congregation of all the saints

    • C.

      A pastor as he speaks for God

    • D.

      God as He speaks through the pastor

    • E.

      God as He speaks through the absolver

    Correct Answer
    E. God as He speaks through the absolver
    Explanation
    The correct answer is God as He speaks through the absolver. In the Christian faith, the absolver is a priest or pastor who has the authority to forgive sins on behalf of God. When a person confesses their sins to the absolver, it is believed that God forgives them through the absolver's words of absolution. Therefore, it is God who forgives the person, but He does so through the absolver who acts as His representative.

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  • 5. 

    We should plead guilty to _____ sins.

    Correct Answer
    all
    All
    ALL
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all, All, ALL" because the phrase "plead guilty to" is typically followed by a noun or a pronoun, not an adjective. In this case, "sins" is a noun, and the word "all" is used to emphasize that the person is admitting to every single sin they have committed. The use of different capitalizations (all, All, ALL) is likely just a formatting error or inconsistency.

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  • 6. 

    Fill in the blanks.  St. John writes in chapter twenty:  The Lord Jesus breathed on His ________ and said, "receive the Holy Spirit.  If you ___________ anyone his sins, they are forgiven: if you do not forgive them, they are ____________."

    • A.

      Brothers, show, condemned

    • B.

      Followers, show, forgiven by me

    • C.

      Disciples, forgive, forgiven by me

    • D.

      Apostles, show, not forgiven

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above.
    Explanation
    disciples, forgive, not forgiven

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  • 7. 

    Who should be excluded from a Christian congregation?

    • A.

      No one

    • B.

      Sinners

    • C.

      Unrepentant sinners

    • D.

      Those who have weak faith

    • E.

      Those who don't fully understand the Trinity

    Correct Answer
    C. Unrepentant sinners
    Explanation
    In Christianity, the belief is that Jesus came to save sinners and that the church is a place for all individuals to seek redemption and forgiveness. However, unrepentant sinners are those who refuse to acknowledge or seek forgiveness for their sins. Therefore, they may be excluded from a Christian congregation as their unwillingness to repent goes against the core principles of Christianity.

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  • 8. 

    Luther says that when we confess, we should consider our place in life according to _____________.

    • A.

      Jesus

    • B.

      The 10 Commandments

    • C.

      The Sacrificial Laws of Moses

    • D.

      Adam

    • E.

      The Gospels

    Correct Answer
    B. The 10 Commandments
    Explanation
    Luther suggests that when we confess, we should evaluate our position in life based on the principles outlined in the 10 Commandments. These commandments serve as a moral compass and provide guidance on how to live a righteous and virtuous life. By considering our actions and thoughts in relation to these commandments, we can identify areas where we may have fallen short and seek forgiveness and redemption. The 10 Commandments act as a standard by which we can assess our behavior and strive for spiritual growth and transformation.

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  • 9. 

    What does this describe?  "A special authority which Christ has given His church on earth to forgive the sins of repenant sinners..."

    • A.

      The Pastor

    • B.

      The Elders and the Pastor

    • C.

      Faith

    • D.

      The Office of the Keys

    • E.

      The Book of Concord

    Correct Answer
    D. The Office of the Keys
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Office of the Keys." This term describes the special authority that Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners. It refers to the power of the church to proclaim the forgiveness of sins through the preaching of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments, particularly the sacrament of Holy Absolution. This authority is entrusted to pastors and ministers of the church who exercise it on behalf of Christ and His church.

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  • 10. 

    Should we withhold forgiveness of sins?

    • A.

      Never

    • B.

      If someone is unrepentant

    • C.

      We should not forgive sins, but let Jesus do that on judgement day

    • D.

      If someone has committed a murder

    • E.

      If we believe the Spitit tells us to judge, we should judge and withhold forgiveness

    Correct Answer
    B. If someone is unrepentant
    Explanation
    If someone is unrepentant, it is suggested that we should not withhold forgiveness of sins, but rather let Jesus do that on judgment day. This implies that forgiveness should not be withheld as a means of punishment or judgment, but rather it should be left to a higher power to decide. It emphasizes the belief in the concept of divine judgment and the idea that forgiveness should be extended to all, regardless of their actions, with the understanding that ultimate judgment lies in the hands of a higher authority.

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  • 11. 

    We forgive sins by the command of Christ and through the power of the _____________

    Correct Answer
    holy spirit
    Holy Spirit
    HOLY SPIRIT
    Holy spirit
    Explanation
    Holy Spirit

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