One of the main concerns many people have from other faiths is that for certain sins within the Mormon church the members need to confess to their Bishop. LDS bishops are considered “judges of Israel” and therefore the concept is they sit in judgement in place of the Lord. This practice isn’t uncommon as I know the Catholic church also has confession.
I’m unfamiliar with the history of confession and if someone knows, that would be great to add to the comments. I did however go through the scriptures and see what I could find scripturally in support of or against confession to a person rather than the lord.
|Morm. 8: 20
||man shall not . . . judge: for judgment is mine.
|D&C 20: 13
||by them (the scriptures) shall the world be judged.
|John 12: 47
||I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world.
|Mosiah 29: 12
||better that a man should be judged of God than of man.
Scriptures of People judging in place of Lord:
|Obad. 1: 21
||saviours shall . . . judge the mount of Esau.
|1 Ne. 12: 9
||twelve apostles . . . shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
|Morm. 3: 18
||twelve tribes of Israel, who shall be judged . . . by the twelve whom Jesus chose.
|Morm. 3: 19
||this people . . . judged by the twelve whom Jesus chose in this land.
Lord is judge:
|John 5: 22
||Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.
|D&C 29: 12
||to judge (Christ’s apostles) the whole house of Israel.
|D&C 137: 9
||Lord, will judge all men according to their works.
|Alma 11: 41
||rise from the dead and . . . be judged.
|Alma 41: 3
||men should be judged according to their works.
I would love to hear peoples’ thoughts on why or why not is it necessary to confess sins to clergy?