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Kyle, I’m scratching my head a bit as I try to discern where you are/were trying to go with this. I think I get the overall thrust of it. The real puzzle for me was the quote about halfway through. Who is saying this?

“I, by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive you your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Go in peace.”

Who is the “I” in there that is doing the forgiving at the command of the Lord Jesus Christ? Is this the pastor? I’d have difficulty with any pastor who looked me in the eye and said, “The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded me to forgive you your sins.”

Can you clarify?