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The Cure of Souls:

Recovering the Biblical Doctrine of Confession

Hypocrisy replaces virtue when men cover their sins rather than confess them to God. This is all too common when men do not preach and practice a Biblical doctrine of confession. The challenge is first to restore the meaning of confession as taught in the Scriptures. As long as confession is seen as a Romanist doctrine, we have no hope of recovering this vital aspect of Christianity.

In this path-breaking volume R. J. Rushdoony examines the Biblical teaching on confession and sets it over against the errors of Romanism and the neo-Freudianism of modern Christian counseling. Despite the subject matter this book is remarkably readable and is sure to empower both clergy and laity as they discover the powerful tool of Biblical confession.

The Cure of Souls – Index

Recovering the Biblical Doctrine of Confession

Forward

Preface

1. The Confession of Sins

2. False Confession

3. From Ordeal to Autobiography

4. Humanistic Confession

5. Confession and the Image in Man

6. Confession as Praise

7. Confession and the Past

8. Confession and Covenant

9. Absolution

10. False Absolutions

11. Confession and Social Order

12. Literary Confessions

13. Graceless Confessions

14. When Confession is not Confession

15. Confession and Indulgence

16. The Cult of Souls

17. Confession and Atonement

18. The Two Aspects of Confession

19. The Counseling Heresy

20. Counseling and Change

21. Counseling and Goals

22. Counseling and Reconciliation

23. Confessing Other People’s Sins

24. Confessing Perfection

25. Confession versus Psychotherapy

26. Dangerous Confessions (Part 1)

27. Dangerous Confessions (Part 2)

28. Confession and Culture

29. Confession and Communion

30. Confession and Grace

31. Death and Confession

32. Congregational and National Confessions

33. Confession and Collection

34. Turning Ourselves In

35. Why True, Biblical Confession is Unpopular

36. Confession versus Litigation

37. Confession and Liberation

38. Nothing is Good of Itself

39. The “Sinne Eater”

40. The Need to Confess

41. Turning Men into Moral Zeroes

42. Confession or Curse

43. Marital Counseling

44. Covenant and Confession

45. Indulgences

46. The Indulgence Society

47. Confession and Inquisition

48. Confession as Government

49. The Joy of Confession

 

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder