When editing Liberty magazine in the 1990s, I published an article about police who bugged a confessional booth in a Roman Catholic church. Everyone found it appalling, including the court, which threw out the evidence garnered by the eavesdropping device. Please!Even we at Liberty were offended.

But why? We’re Seventh-day Adventists; we don’t believe in confessional booths. We see them as part of the ecclesiastical usurpation perpetrated by the little-horn power of Daniel 8, in which it “set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord” (verse 11).The confessional is another manifestation of what Paul warned about as “the secret power of lawlessness” (2 Thess. 2:7). From our perspective, the confessional booth is no more “sacred”—in that it was hallowed by God—than a fruit stand.
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