John 20:23, the Forgiveness of Sins, and the Fear of Church Authority

In this episode, David Fry and Johnathan Arnold discuss several questions about concerns about a recent article on “The Church’s Authority and Responsibility to Forgive Sins.” Topics addressed include:

  • The church’s authority to forgive sins (John 20:23, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld”)
  • The office of the keys (Matthew 16; 18)
  • Corporate salvation
  • The sacraments and excommunication
  • Protestant vs. Catholic understandings of the church and its leaders
  • Sacerdotalism
  • The abuse of church authority
  • Abusus non tollit usum (“abuse does not take away use”)
  • Spirit-filled exercise of authority
  • Using authority for building up, not tearing down (2 Cor. 13:10)
  • Eldership requirements
David Fry
Senior Pastor at the Frankfort Bible Holiness Church. PhD in Systematic Theology (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). MDiv in New Testament Theology (Wesley Biblical Seminary).