John Piper is just another Protestant minister who interprets the Bible any way he wants to so it matches what he believes.Thanks for the answer. I'm really trying to understand the Catholic position, not be snarky, btw.
You said that the Catholic church "forgive sins or not"... where does this idea come from , in the Scriptures?
Also, the thing I have a real problem with re: Catholicism is the idea that "whoever hears the Church hears him", which ignores all the bad decisions and choices made by church leaders from the beginning to now. Does that mean if a pope makes a bad decision that hurts a lot of people, then God made that decision? This is one of the reasons why Protestantism makes more sense to me - Christ is Christ, the church is the church - and she's his bride, but not Him. She does her best to speak for Him, according to His word, but she is fallible, constantly in need of His grace.
And yes, we do need to confess, but not to a man. We confess to the one who paid the price on our behalf on the cross, because that man didn't die for us.
Regarding the need to eat and drink Him, John Piper has a good explanation here: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/what-je...
And while I am most definitely not perfect, the one who is my Lord is, thank goodness!
He is no more right than any other protestant including you. As someone who believes in SS you can go to him and tell him he is completely and wrong and have every right to do so.
Everybody is right in Protestantism.