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The sacrament of confession (or penance or reconcilliation) was not specifically instituted by any of the Gospels. However, all four Gospels address the forgiveness of sin and the sacrament is entirely consistent with what Jesus is purported to have said and done. This is evidenced not only by John 20:22-23, but on the other Gospel accounts of Jesus ...


I would say to a degree all should (as @curiousdannii said). Take John 20:22-24 into account for this, If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld. I believe what you are asking is more directed to the Office of the Keys as Lutheran's call it (which is more known in Catholicism as ...

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