However, I don’t think anyone has really grasped what your friends real concern is here.
The way I read the post, he’s worried that a confession would require him to rat-out the old unworthy bishop to the current bishop. Am I wrong?
If that’s the problem, then I can think of a couple ways he could approach it with the new bishop without implicating the old bishop. But it’s really up to him to determine whether to inform his current bishop on that issue.]]>
However, if I were giving this Brother counsel, I would make sure to follow that point by saying that the question of whether he has been forgiven is one he should take up with the Lord. The feeling that comes when God lets us know that we are forgiven is one of the sweetest experience in the gospel, and if he is still wringing his hands he should spend a good deal of time wearying the Lord on this point until he either gets this witness or is prompted as to what else remains for him to do. I have no doubt one of those two will come if sought diligently.]]>
Forgiveness/confession wise, he’s covered. (assuming he made a full confession)
So I’d tell him it’s confessed, it’s over- unless inside him, it’s not really over and he needs further guidance from the better bishop.
his aproaching you and feeling guilt might be a sign that he’s still really struggling with shameful temptations and does need to see the bishop. And if he didn’t want to tell you so, he could ask about the technicality of the former confession…
just a possibility.
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.” (John 5:22)]]>